It was only a matter of time before our partner, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, took home their fifth FIA Formula One™ Constructors’ Championship in a row. They’ve been on a streak since 2014, unbeatable for both the Drivers and Constructors’ championship, and their partnership with TIBCO has only made them stronger. On behalf of all of us at TIBCO, we’d like to extend our congratulations to the entire team on their fifth FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship. High FIVE to the team!
What do you think makes a Constructors’ Champion? Surely, a great engine and aerodynamic design are a must. And of course, the team has that in spades. But what makes Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport stand out? Detailed and highly actionable analysis and insight.
And the team’s spectacular use of data has never been as evident as at last week’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
As expected, the Brazilian Grand Prix was full of surprises. Unreliable weather, a long, banked start-finish straight and a tricky mid-lap section made for a challenge that the drivers all loved getting stuck into. Between unforeseen weather circumstances and intense competition from Red Bull and Ferrari, both drivers and team members were on their toes to expect the unexpected.
And it helped that the entire team had visibility into their data thanks to TIBCO, whether they were trackside or back at the factory at Brackley. Engineers analyzed the data coming in from over 300 sensors placed on the car and communicated the findings to strategists trackside during the race who made decisions necessary to boost the car’s performance. These changes were then communicated to the drivers quickly and in real-time since there is only a 0.001-second difference between first and second place.
To be prepared, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport uses data models to get quicker and more reliable analysis from the data that is generated from the car. With help from TIBCO Spotfire, the team has run millions of race simulations based on different variables to monitor the impact of minor changes. Through visualization and analysis of data, the team is able to weed out anomalies, make faster decisions, and exploit the full potential of its cars.
As a company, TIBCO stands behind the innovation and teamwork of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Their victories are our victories. We’d again like to congratulate the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport on securing the 2018 FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship — it won’t be long until they take their sixth!
Learn more about TIBCO’s partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport that provides the team with a data-driven competitive edge.