All the technologies that caught our attention at the F1 Grand Prix in Miami

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All eyes are on Miami this weekend as the international elites arrive for the city’s first Formula One Grand Prix. The European racing event attracted many American fans thanks to “Netflix effect” from Formula 1: Race to Survive is a successful franchise that sparked one of the most exciting rivalries in modern streaming and has just been renewed for seasons 5 and 6.

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This, in turn, has attracted a new class of tech sponsors, including Google, Amazon, Dell and Oracle, who can use their computing power to analyze the 100,000 data points generated by these 20 million machines per second. This means that the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is not only a celebration of speed, but also a triumph of math, science and data every weekend from February to November.

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In addition, technology tried on the track and constantly evolving due to the constantly changing rules of the governing body tends to infiltrate passenger cars, so demonstrated today. tomorrow may be in salons.

Here’s the best tech we spotted at the Miami International Speedway near Hard Rock Stadium this weekend.


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Formula 1 McLaren Racing The team is benefiting from partnerships with Google and Dell this year. Google put their mark on the MCL36 driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo with logos for Android and Chromewhose primary colors revolve around the wheel covers, which have returned to F1 cars for the first time since 2009 due to new rules this season.

But the multi-year partnership goes deeper.

“This collaboration has the potential to address large and complex engineering challenges, from improving team telemetry and design capabilities with AI, to accelerating decision making and securing team communications with Android 5G,” said Nicholas Drake, Google VP of Marketing, wrote in the blog.

The McLaren team also uses Android-connected phones, tablets and headphones to monitor performance from the pit, as well as Dell prototyping and simulation software.

“We are in a constant state of rapid prototyping of our vehicles to make them go faster through data-driven engineering changes approximately every 20 minutes on average,” Edward Green, chief digital architect at McLaren Racing, said in a statement.

Among the top five cars on the track, the difference between the fastest and slowest cars can be as little as 0.15%, making Dell’s simulation capabilities an integral part of the team’s performance.

Red Bull

Red Bull Racing’This car may have a cure that will allow team and driver Max Verstappen to defend the world title: Oracle Cloud software from his title sponsor, which uses machine learning to analyze race day variables, from when to pit to what tire type to use.

The software will analyze data from Friday and Saturday training laps at Hard Rock Stadium to simulate runs and select the best route for Sunday. This is especially important on new racetracks, such as the temporary 19-turn F1 Hard Rock Stadium circuit, where historical data does not exist.

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez said surface conditions at Miami Gardens were challenging. “There’s not a lot of grip on this track,” Pérez said after falling behind in Friday practice, “and it’s very tough there too.”

Computer experience could also help Red Bull solve a problem that most teams have experienced so far this season: a phenomenon called “guinea pig” due to the bouncing effect that occurs when cars drive at top speed on long straights. This is the result of FIA rule changes for the 2022 season, which give teams more control over underfloor dynamics to generate downforce.

Red Bull’s solution is a metal strip that stiffens the floor of the RB18 race car. This “ice skate” design also acts as a skid that reduces flex when the floor hits the track.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas

After a poor start to the 2022 season longtime dominant Mercedes team will debut with updates to its front and rear fenders for the Miami race.

The FIA ​​regulations, which redesigned the front and rear fenders for 2022 and reintroduced the beam wing after a nine-year hiatus, have forced teams to redesign their aerodynamic systems, especially for the front wing, which serves as a critical first point of contact. which directs the flow of air throughout the body. Mercedes updates aim to improve efficiency and reduce drag on the W13 racing car driven by George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

Russell led the second practice run on Friday afternoon, giving the team and its fans hope that Mercedes had corrected the mistakes. Meanwhile, seven-time world champion Hamilton has been granted temporary leave for the weekend to wear jewelry he can’t easily remove, including a platinum nose ring, so the team can move forward at full speed.

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