As a share of its association series, ‘F1 Insights’, with Amazon Web Services (AWS), F1 will utilize the new tech to connect the large variety of car data that it can use.
Ross Brawn, managing director of motorsport at F1, disclosed that the series is preparing the latest set of graphics that will use Sagemaker, the machine learning tool of Amazon, in an attempt to enhance the fans’ watching experience from home.
“For next season we are expanding ‘F1 Insights’ for our viewers, by further integrating the telemetry data such as car position, tire condition, even the weather, so we can use Sagemaker to predict car performance, pitstops and race strategy,” Brawn said in a statement at last week’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.
“[There will be] some exciting new AI integrations into next year’s F1 TV broadcast.”
Brawn gave three examples about the usage of the latest graphics in race broadcasts. First one includes improved deep understandings of the condition of each of the tires of the driver, such that fans have improved insights if anything is going through overheating.
“We know that somebody is in trouble: his rear tires are overheating,” Brawn claimed. “We can look at the history of the tires and how they have worked and where he is in the race, and machine learning can help us apply a proper analysis of the situation.”
He further said:
“We can bring that information to the fans and make them understand if the guy is in trouble or if he can manage the situation. These are insights the teams always had but we are going to bring them to the fans and show them what is happening.”
F1 also has a strategy to utilize a graphic forecasting the possibility of happening of an overtaking move.
“Wheel-to-wheel racing is the essence, a critical aspect of the sport and now with machine learning and using live data and historical data, we can make predictions about what is going to happen,” Brawn said. “The graphic shows what we expect is going to happen in this event. What is great about this, is that the teams don’t have all this data. We as F1 know the data from both cars and can make this comparison, and this has never been done before.”
Brawn gave the last example of analysis of a pitstop, to demonstrate the planned effects of what has happened.
“Stopping at the right time and fitting the right tire can win or lose a race,” he claimed. “We are going to take all the data and give fans an insight into why they stopped and when they stopped – did the team and driver make the right call?”
Brawn also disclosed that F1 wishes to utilize Sagemaker to assist estimate the latest race ideas or formats, like various starting grids.