Tech And Travel Lessons From Formula 1 Racing

Tech And Travel Lessons From Formula 1 Racing

The F1 Australian Grand Prix has concluded in Melbourne for another year, and the teams have started packing up for round two in Malaysia next weekend. A glimpse of the technology used in the sport provide some interesting insights that you can adapt for your own life.

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During my visit to the F1 on the weekend, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the pits for the Red Bull team right before the beginning of their first practice session. I’m not a motorsports fanatic at all, but the setup did demonstrate the value of planning and what can be achieved with teamwork. (And it seems to work well for Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel placing 2nd and Mark Webber placing 4th.)

Data measurements is key

Each trip made by a car results in around 800MB of data, covering everything from engine performance to how much water the driver drinks. A tiny amount of that data ends up used by broadcasters and on specialised mobile hardware to track race results, but much of it is only used by the racing teams. You might not go to that extent, but graphing your life can be valuable.

High-speed networking is helpful

Working with constraints can be productive

Avoiding customs makes life easier

Not needing to change adaptors is helpful

I couldn’t help noticing pitside that all the power outlets for connecting testing gear and other equipment have standard UK plugs — no need to use adaptors in different locations.

Multiple monitors are good, but so is full screen

Disclosure: Angus Kidman travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Infiniti.


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