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High Definition F1 not likely until 2012

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fans will have to wait until 2012 to see F1 in HD © Getty Images

Formula One fans are facing a long wait for the sport to be broadcast on television in High Definition.

The newly-published results of the recent Formula One Teams' Association -commissioned fan survey showed that 70% want the track action televised in HD.

On Saturday night in Montreal, members of the media were given a demonstration of both HD as well as new 3D technology - after a Lotus car carried a 3D camera in practice sessions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. But Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that even HD is a long way off for F1.

"As soon as the broadcasters tell me they want it," he said, "we can do it. I think next year is too soon; we're looking at more like 2012."