The odds of Formula 1 broadcasts occurring in true high definition seem to have It seems we could be set to remain on standard-definition broadcastingwidened, with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicating that he was “not sure” if the 2011 broadcast feed would be HD quality.

The 80-year-old had previously boosted the hopes of F1’s massive global TV audience when he indicated that the sport’s broadcasting would hopefully move into full-HD resolution “probably next year”.

One of the principal reasons for Ecclestone’s cold feet seems to be entirely out of his control, with the fact that high-definition cameras are simply too bulky to be installed on the cars for onboard footage broadcasting.

Continuing with standard-definition cameras on the cars would render future broadcasts “50% HD and 50% standard definition”, he told Germany’s

Another reason for Bernie’s reluctance to progress further in the age of digital broadcasting – at least according to noted motorsport journalists Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid – is the previous failure of his overpriced multi-channel digital feed he tried to set up in the late 1990s.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.