July 28, 2011
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New software from the FIA will automatically detect incidents like this
The FIA has announced that it is testing software that will automatically notify Race Control when a driver breaks the rules during a race.
This software is a combination of real-time lap timing, GPS co-ordinates for each car, and data regarding tyre patterns. All of these are combines to detect when a driver has broken a rule while out on track.
The end result of this software is that it can advise Race Control, and race director Charlie Whiting, if a car has been behaving oddly, which in turn may lead to swifter penalties.
This information was released through the FIA’s magazine InMotion. The designer of this innovation, Gareth Griffith, explains the software’s function:
"We tied in the cameras with the timing and the GPS, so we knew exactly where a car
was on the track.
Then we started to analyse the data to pick out incidents. The software creates
alerts and that automatically takes the Riedel technicians to the right cameras,
instead of them having to find them, as used to happen.
Within a few seconds Charlie [Whiting] can be looking at the incident: either for
safety purposes or to refer it to the stewards. It is automated, using the data
available and algorithms based on the interactions in that data.
In the case of baulking, for example, the algorithms can analyse the proximity of
two GPS signals to see how long it takes the car behind to close from five to two
seconds behind the car in front. We can then measure how long the second car stays
behind the first and if there is no time lost then there was no incident.
The data can show us when a car is not behaving as it should be behaving and so we
can ascertain at what moment that changed and if there was another car in close
proximity at that moment."
However, this new technical innovation is still well away from passing judgement on drivers’ actions. It can already detect what kind of an incident has occured, but the responsibility of penalties still lies with Charlie Whiting:
"With all of this it is still Charlie’s decision whether to refer incidents
to the Stewards and their decision as to whether the driver is penalised or
July 28, 2011
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Both Perez and Kobayashi have impressed this year
Sauber have retained both rookie Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi for the 2012 season.
Perez has had a difficult season so far, missing out on several races after his crash in Hungary. However, he has performed very well in the races, with the best tyre conservation record on the grid.
Kobayashi will start his 3rd season with Sauber next year, the team that rescued his career after the collapse of Toyota. Kamui is well known for his spectacular offensive overtaking moves.
Team principal Peter Sauber has stated:
"We are very pleased with our drivers.
Kamui has grown into his role extremely well this year. Though it is only his second
full Formula One season, he is already taking on the responsibilities that naturally
fall to the more experienced driver in the team.
We are delighted with him at both a sporting and a personal level. We had an option
of working with him in 2012 and there was never any doubt that we would take it.
Sergio has achieved more than one could expect from a rookie. From the very first
race he proved that he is capable of driving not only fast but consistently as well.
And after the accident in Monaco he demonstrated that he can handle difficult
situations too. From the outset we had already signed a contract with Sergio that
went beyond 2011. With a rookie that always entails a certain risk, of course, but
clearly it has paid off."