Amateur footage of Jules Bianchi’s crash from the Japanese Grand Prix has made its way onto YouTube. I’m not going to link to the video, but there are two things I think are worth me saying briefly. At this point, I’m assuming Formula One Management (FOM) captured the footage from several angles. There would be exterior camera angles as well as on-board shots from both Bianchi’s and Adrian Sutil’s cars. The amateur footage clearly shows at least one FOM cameraman who captured the accident from close up.
Having watched the amateur footage, FOM made completely the right decision in choosing to exclude the footage from the relevant cameras in their live broadcast. This really is not a debate for me. If the amateur footage looks horrifying, then I dread to think what the footage from FOM shows. I really do. Same applies for any on-board footage that may, or may not, exist.
In my opinion, I don’t think the official footage will ever be released, regardless of the outcome. The only thing which may be released, for Season Review purposes, is the footage from the first Degner Curve. Presumably that camera angle hides a lot of the accident, but apart from that, I don’t see FOM choosing to release any other footage. And rightly so.