As F1 finally gets under way in Austria over the July 3-5 weekend, it will do so with a new TV graphics package. Now, if you are anything like me then you’ll receive this news with a modicum of trepidation as last year’s “Battle Cards” and “passing Prediction” graphics were patience-wearing additions to the broadcast and moved my viewing experience to patronizing levels. This year, it seems that new graphics are being developed and they are doing so in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Fingers crossed that this doesn’t become as tedious as the previous iterations and I suppose the AWS moniker is supposed to ensure it’s efficacy but if I’m honest, I am hoping the data is collected and displayed in a more professional, less sophomoric format.
Fans watching the Austrian GP will see the brand new ‘Car Performance Scores’ graphic, comparing different cars’ performance throughout the lap in real time, based on low-speed cornering, high-speed cornering, straight line performance and car handling.
That data is gathered from the 300 sensors on each F1 car, which generate over a million data points per second that are relayed back to the pits.
Five additional new graphics will be rolled out throughout the rest of the season, offering never-before-seen insight into the on-track action, including:
• Ultimate Driver Speed Comparison, which will allow fans to see how their favorite drivers compare to other drivers in history, dating back to 1983, to help determine the fastest driver of all time. This will debut on August 7-9 at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.
• High-Speed/Low-Speed Corner Performance, which will show fans how well drivers tackle both the fastest (109+mph) and slowest (below 78mph) bends on the track. This will debut on August 28-30 at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
• Driver Skills Rating, which will break down and score driver skills to help identify the best ‘total driver’ on the track, based on factors such as qualifying performance, starts, race pace, tyre management and overtaking/defending styles, to provide an overall driver ranking. This will debut in the second half of the season.
• Car/Team Development & Overall Season Performance, allowing fans to see teams’ pace development throughout the season, based on their race-to-race performance. This will debut in the second half of the season.
• Qualifying and Race Pace Predictions, which will gather data from practice and qualifying laps to predict which team is set to perform best during qualifying and the race. Again, this will debut in the second half of the season.