Improved TV graphic to be introduced at the F1 Gran Premio de México 2019

  • Tyre performance new graphic will help TV viewers and commentators to improve their race experience
  • This is the latest development in the F1 Insights series, powered by AWS

After the soft launch at the FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2019, today all the broadcasters and TV viewers of the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2019 will have at their disposal an improved version of a new on-screen graphic, titled “Tyre performance”.

The latest in the F1 Insights series, powered by AWS, the graphic will provide an insight into the current condition of any car’s tyres, in terms of relative performance, by analysing timing and telemetry information and estimating lap time lost due to tyres, whilst concurrently calculating the single tyre energies, and provide the viewer with a more accurate understanding of a tyre condition’s effect on performance on the platform.

The Tyre Performance graphic will provide detailed real-time information on the current condition for all four individual tyres on a chosen car, presented as a percentage value on a scale between ‘new tyre with no wear’ (100%) and a ‘used tyre’ at the end of its effective performance lifespan (0%) The % value indicates how much of the tyre performance capability has been used thus far into the stint; this value is not to be confused with tyre wear which instead refers to the amount of actual rubber removed from the tyre during the usage period. Lower values indicate a proportional loss in tyre performance via tyre degradation.

In addition to this, the information displayed within the graphic will also provide an insight into key race moments as well as a longer term view on tyre management. This includes the relative tyre performance difference between two cars locked in a battle and the implication of one car having to stop sooner than another, thus effecting race strategy outcome.

An emerging picture over the season of which cars are lighter on tyres than others, will allow the fans to become more immersed in not only the general conversation but also how particular battles could play out

There is a variety of public data from a number of different sources that the Formula 1 team gathers in order to build the graphic and deliver the insights to fans in an engaging and digestible format. This includes live race timing data (including lap, sector and mini-sector times for each driver), live telemetry data from all cars, tyre compound, stint length and total laps completed on each set, track status and marshalling information, weather information. All this data is fed into an analytical model, powered by AWS, which delivers the real-time stats for the tyre performance values displayed.

This new stat is delivered direct to broadcasters, via the Formula 1 International Feed, enabling commentators to give viewers added analysis into one of the key performance indicators throughout the race, and how this is, and might be, affecting the on track racing action and driver strategies. With the new graphic, fans will have an on-screen visual reference point to contextualise and quantify the live radio feedback and analysis, without having to sit in the driver’s seat and feel the performance of the car dropping away themselves.

The Tyre Performance insight will also provide a useful supplement to the current “Battle Forecast” graphic, helping to understand the difference in performance between two cars by providing further key insight into this important aspect of an emerging battle.

Below you can see two examples of the new graphic:

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