WATCH: Ride onboard for the first ever live in-car F1 broadcast from the 1985 German GP


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There wasn’t a whole lot that was remarkable about Francois Hesnault’s 1985 German Grand Prix, the Renault driver retiring from 20th place on Lap 8 of the race. But before his DNF, Hesnault had made Formula 1 history by broadcasting the first ever live onboard footage seen in a race.

With a bulky camera fitted to the right hand flank of his Renault RE60 at the Nurburgring, Hesnault took F1 viewers inside the cockpit for the very first time during a Grand Prix, marking the birth of the onboard shots that would become such an exciting part of the sport in the following decades.

Ride onboard with Hesnault in the video up top, and enjoy a little slice of F1 history.

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