Harvesting Blackbox Data in Formula One

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.
  

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