Formula One to introduce new TV graphics

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Formula One is about to introduce a whole set of exciting TV graphics during the 2020 championship that will enable fans to understand more about the performance of the cars.

F1 has been working with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) for some years, using a wide variety of the AWS services including Amazon SageMaker, AWS Lambda, AWS's event-driven serverless computing service, and AWS analytics services—to deliver new race metrics that will change the way fans and teams experience racing.

The sport has now announced that it will gear up its TV graphics in 2020, introducing the so-called ‘Car Performance Scores’ graphic. The new platform will compare different cars’ performance throughout the lap in real-time, based on low-speed cornering, high-speed cornering, straight-line performance, and car handling.

While AWS gathered data from 120 sensors placed on each car in recent years, the company has now access to 300 sensors per car which allows an even greater analysis of the performance of the race machines.

Following the season-opening two races at the Red Bull Ring, Formula One will introduce further updates to its TV graphics including the Ultimate Driver Speed Comparison, High-Speed/Low-Speed Corner Performance, Driver Skills Rating, Car/Team Development & Overall Season Performance and Qualifying and Race Pace Predictions.

The Ultimate Driver Speed Comparison will make its debut on August 7-9 at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. This addition to the TV graphics 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.

Formula 1’s Director of Data Systems Rob Smedley said that the purpose of the latest update to the TV graphics it to bring fans closer to the race action than ever before.

“Over the past two years, Formula 1 has embraced AWS’s services to perform intense and dynamic data analysis. The F1 Insights we’re delivering together are bringing fans closer to the track than ever before, and unlocking previously untold stories and insights from behind the pit wall.

“We’re excited to be expanding this successful relationship to bring even more insights to life, allowing fans to go deeper into the many ways that drivers and racing teams work together to affect success,” he said.