There is a very exciting new piece of technology on the market for F1 fans. Soft Pauer, a company set up by former Honda F1 executive Otmar Szafnauer has launched the official Formula One Timing and Track Positioning Application for Apple iPhone OS 3.0.
The application allows fans to track the progress of all the cars in real time on a dynamic track map. So when a car is losing time in the race, for example, you can see the icons of the other cars all bunching up behind it.
The data is taken directly from the official timing feeds generated at each circuit, giving the user unprecedented portable access to the information used by race engineers in the pit lane, with the added ability to track the individual driver of your choice.
Also you can re-run the timing and track maps after the race, so if you were unable to watch the race live and recorded it, you can launch the application as you press play on your video recorder and the application will run in parallel with your TV coverage, running to your timetable. It is the only piece of equipment capable of doing this.
There is also an expert text commentary, reading the race and analysing the action in real time.
It’s aimed at people in front of TVs who want a more rounded picture of what is going on as well as people who are unable to watch a TV screen or who are following the race on radio, for example.
Radio 5 commentator Anthony Davidson is a fan of the app and used a trial version of it during his commentary of the Turkish Grand Prix.
“I’m very excited by this application as it will allow fans to keep in touch with what is going on whilst on the move, ” said Bernie Ecclestone.
I’m excited about it too, for reasons which will become clear in time.
A pass for the rest of the season costs £20, which is £2 per race. Full specification and prices can be found on the iTunes store via htttp://www.softpauer.com/f1app/link.html