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Formula 1: Learn about the role technology plays before and during a championship race

The excitement and adrenaline of the Formula 1 is the order of the day in our country, as there is very little time left to celebrate the Grand Prix of Mexico. However, behind the success of a team there is a great team, excellent drivers and of course an arsenal of technologies which are key pieces to achieve victory.

One of the “undercover” agents is the analysis of data, an essential tool that could make the difference between getting a podium pass or finishing the race in defeat. Information plays a vital role in decision-making in a high-speed sport.

With this information it is possible predict the different scenarios of a race, in addition to testing them in simulators capable of replicating the movements, control and sensation on the steering wheel, sounds and even graphics that give the drivers the sensation of being on the circuits, anticipating and getting very close to the real experience.

Behind a team there is an experienced driver, a state-of-the-art vehicle and hundreds of people who analyze the data that they provide in real time. more than 300 sensors carried by the units on board, to measure tires, suspension status and fuel, among others.

Technology present everywhere: Predict and you will win

In this sport, decisions must be made in a few seconds, which could make a difference. Jorge López, TIBCO’s VP of Sales for Latin America, who works in partnership with the Petronas team of Mercedes Benz, mention that the race can be won even before you start, but for this you have to be predictive.

“The speed of data analysis and adaptability quickly translate into vital information. Data is the competitive advantage, it fuels innovation and provides the best solutions for both construction and careers ”, he explained in an interview with El Heraldo de México.

During the pre-race practices it is possible to collect information from all the aforementioned sensors, which can generate terabytes of information that are transmitted in real time to hundreds of engineers for analysis.

The large amount of information must be processed quickly, as this will influence the decision to change tires, Resupplay of fuel and even the moments to carry out passes on the track. All this information is communicated to the pilot through the helmets.

“The pilots have become analytical competitors, with the help of information they are capable of making better decisions,” explained Jorge López.

Not only in automobiles there is highly specialized technology, around the f1 show Endless systems have been implemented to control everything from general access to the event to the way it is broadcast to millions of users around the world.

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