‘Anti-drone weapon’ blamed as a cause for Australian GP troubles

It appears that an anti-drone weapon falsely blamed for Australian GP technical failure. An anti-drone jamming weapon has been falsely blamed for the failure that caused the interruption of the first free practice session at the Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix.

A spectator filmed police officers using an anti-drone jamming gun from the roofs of the Albert Park circuit buildings. Manufactured by the Australian-American company DroneShield, the DroneGun Tactical is a radio frequency jammer capable of disabling drones by forcing them to land.


At the same time, the first free practice session was taking place, disrupted by a breakdown that prevented the teams and their drivers from following the other cars, a tool that helps avoid accidents during these sessions. The danger of leaving so many vehicles on track simultaneously, driving at very different speeds and without electronic assistance led to the session being interrupted.



Were the anti-drone guns the cause of the breakdown?

The weapon was questioned for a while, but was finally cleared. While the teams no longer had access to the cars’ positions, the FIA’s screens were not affected. It was in fact an FIA server, responsible for the real-time data of the cars’ tyres, that caused the failure.

Anti-drone guns continued to be used throughout the weekend, including during Sunday’s Grand Prix, to enforce flight bans over the circuit.

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One response to “‘Anti-drone weapon’ blamed as a cause for Australian GP troubles

  1. What do they mean , dangerous with so many cars on the track at different speeds.
    Have they never been to Le Mans ?

    Getting much too granny
    I stopped watching and i used to work in F1

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