Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
An IT company called Riedel supplies 13 engineers at every race, who install a digital radio network with approximately 1,000 channels, tying together the FIA, FOM and all the teams in one enormous torrent of information. One of the main flashpoints in F1 customarily arises if and when a driver overtakes under a waved yellow. Race Control can now also monitor live telemetry on every car, and overlay a potentially contentious trace with a regular one to determine whether there was a sufficient throttle lift or braking. Penalties can be applied during the race rather than retrospectively, which is better for all concerned.
When I ask Whiting if he gives the drivers a pre-race pep-talk, beyond the regular Friday evening ‘meeting', he looks aghast. Not even in a high-stakes championship decider, like today?