|Red Bull engineers eyeing computer screens during a Grand Prix. — Photo: V3
Here at Single Seater, we like to explore the data behind racing. So do Formula One teams. Most of the data teams use throughout a Formula One race weekend comes from the blackbox in the car. It provides valuable information about how the car and driver are performing. This data is sent back to not only the pitwall, but also to the team’s factory where it can be further analysed and used to make race decisions.
In the video below, Marc Priestley checks out a 2014-spec Lotus blackbox and talks about how teams use the data recovered for race decisions.
|Race action from the 2015 Moscow e-Prix. — Photo: FIA
The inaugural Formula E season comes to a close next weekend with the doubleheader in London. The final e-Prix of the season will bring the race count up to eleven. With just two races left, I though it would be a good time to check out some significant numbers from the season so far.
20: For every race this year there have been 20 cars to start the race. That’s an impressive number for the first year of a new series. In fact, the same can’t even be said for the much larger Formula One series. The first two races of their 2015 season had just 17 and 19 cars, respectively.
8: The farthest back someone has started from and won a race. That honor goes to Antonio Felix de Costa at Buenos Aires. Most of the race winners have started in the No. 2 position on the grid. Only one race has been won from a driver starting on pole.
1: Only one race this year was run on a true road course. The rest have been on street courses in cities throughout the world. The final two races in London will also be run on a street course.
2.6: The average number of lead changes per race. Miami produced the season-high number of lead changes with five. Monte Carlo, unsurprisingly, produced the fewest lead changes with zero recorded.
17: Nelson Piquet holds a 17 point lead in the FIA Formula E points standings over Lucas di Grassi. The championship is still up for grabs with several drivers still able to overtake Piquet. Unlike Formula One, drivers earn points not only for race results, but also for pole position (3 points) and setting the fastest lap of the race (2 points).
2: There have been just two repeat winners this season. Piquet won at Long Beach and Moscow while Sebastien Buemi claimed wins at Monaco and Punta del Este. Perhaps one or both of these two will make it three wins in London.
The final races of the season take place June 27 and 28. If you can’t watch the races live, Formula E’s YouTube channel uploads full races after the event.