Amazon Web Services is working with Formula One on a set of six new real-time racing statistics for the 2021 season.
The new F1 insights mean a total of 18 AWS-powered stats will be available to fans by the end of the season.
Each of the insights can be displayed as on-screen graphics, that transform the fan experience before, during, and after each race by providing the data and analysis fans need to interpret driver and team race strategy and performance.
The first new stat, braking performance, will debut at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend. It shows how a driver’s braking style during a cornering manoeuvre can deliver an advantage coming out of the corner. It stat displays and compares drivers’ braking styles and performance by measuring how closely they approach the apex of a corner before braking.
The other five new stats include car exploitation, energy usage, start analysis, pitlane performance and undercut threat.
To create the new insights, Formula One uses historical race data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and combines it with live data streamed from F1 race cars and trackside sensors to AWS through Amazon Kinesis, a service for real-time data collection, processing, and analysis.
F1 engineers and scientists will use this data to leverage machine learning models with Amazon SageMaker, AWS’s service that helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly in the cloud and at the edge.
All of the insights will be integrated into the races’ international broadcast feeds around the globe, including F1’s digital platform, F1TV.
“F1 Insights Powered by AWS give fans an insider’s view of how car, driver, and team function together so that they can better appreciate the action on the track,” said Rob Smedley, chief engineer of Formula One. “With this new set of racing statistics for 2021, we are going deeper than ever before. New Insights like braking performance and undercut threat peel back additional layers of race strategies and performance and use advanced visualisations to make the sport of racing even more understandable and exciting. Race car technology improves all the time, and thanks to AWS, our fans can appreciate how that technology impacts race outcomes.”