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Technology drives Alpine F1® Team beyond the track

In Formula One racing, every millisecond counts. Alpine F1 Team is keeping pace with innovation to push their performance on and off the track.

Every time Alpine F1 Team drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon get behind the wheel, more than 200 sensors collect over 50 billion data points that help the technical staff improve aerodynamics, performance, and handling.

Data is critical.

With races only a week or two apart, Alpine F1 Team must design, test and manufacture optimizations at an accelerated pace. To help with this, the team turns to these billions of data points they capture from on the car each weekend.

Leveraging Microsoft Azure, the team is able to consolidate all of their data into a single environment to uncover the key insights that shape design decisions and inform race strategy.

Get to know the data behind Alpine F1 Team.

The data journey

From the precise engineering to the car to the fine tune way it’s driven on the track, data is at the root of everything the Alpine F1 Team does.​

As soon as the Alpine F1 Team car hits the track, billions of data points are tracked and collected. The team is able to use the data to determine whether there is a problem with the car and take further action.​

Using Microsoft Azure technology, the team thoroughly analyzes the data and monitors for any abnormalities saving engineers valuable time.​

Based on the information gathered from the data, engineers and designers then make modifications to improve the car model and performance mechanisms.​

The design schematics are confirmed and sent to production to create the new parts for the car.​

Before sending the car to the track, the team can test the new part using Wind Tunnel simulations and confirm it matches model expectations.​

The Alpine F1 Team is given the green light to go again and new data is tracked and collected in real-time by the engineers.​

Belgium Data 2020
Laps / Race 44
Lap Distance / Lap (km) 7.004
Distance to 1st Corner (m) 330
Elevation Change / Lap (m) 102.2
Elevation Change / Race (m) 4496.8
Gear Changes / Lap 68
Gear Changes / Race 2992
Full Throttle Time (%) 68%
Full Throttle Distance (%) 76%
Top Speed with DRS (km/h) 337.0
DRS Difference (km/h) 10.0
Lateral G / Max (G/s) 4.4
Fuel Consumption / Race (kg) 110

The Alpine F1 colorway strip—blocks of blue, white, and red overlayed with three thin white lines—against a black background

All you need to know about the circuit and drivers can be found in the Alpine F1 Team Factfile, which can be downloaded by clicking here. Additional data for previous races can be found here.

Technology enabling Alpine F1 Team

Communication on and off the track

It takes a dedicated team to produce a competitive Formula One car, from Enstone and Viry-Châtillon Technical Centres to the track. With the help of Microsoft Teams, the thousand-strong team is constantly able to explore how to push the limits of engineering, making cars faster and more reliable than ever.

Further pushing the boundaries of collaboration and innovation, engineers and designers are using HoloLens through Teams for immediate fixes that normally would have taken days to resolve. These new digital tools enable the teams at Renault’s two sites, along with the constantly moving race team, to coordinate and communicate in real-time and deliver fast results.

Each piece of information is imperative to understand the dynamics of the car and transform these forces into performance. With each race, they’re learning and trying new things with the most current car. The team and each department must be able to trust the data they receive, analyze it, and visually interpret it in the most efficient way. If the team didn’t have this input, the engineers would be developing a car without any insight into how the driver is experiencing changes. But once they have this data from the track, it’s then a process of rigorous teamwork and collaboration.

Surface devices enable collaboration and productivity across different sites and different departments.

We’re very reactive. We need something that works quickly so we can get our job done as reliably as possible.

Christian Clogger, Alpine F1 Team

Have you heard of the clean room?

Clean rooms are incredible! They are specially constructed, environmentally controlled enclosed spaces where the concentration of airborne particles is kept within specified limits and are typically used in the manufacturing of electronic hardware. At Alpine F1 Team, clean rooms are used for the lamination of composites and the assembly of hydraulics components.

2020 Data Bahrain Imola Portugal Spain Monaco Azerbaijan France Austria Great Britain Hungary
Laps / Race 57 63 66 66 78 51 53 71 52 70
Lap Distance / Lap (km) 5.412 4.909 4.653 4.675 3.337 6.003 5.842 4.318 5.891 4.381
Distance to 1st Corner (m) 620.0 880 600 760 170 210 376 370 320 540
Elevation Change / Lap (m) 16.9 NA NA 29.6 42 26.8 31 63.5 11.3 34.7
Elevation Change / Race (m) 963.3 NA NA 1953.6 3276 1366.8 1643 4508.5 587.6 2429
Gear Changes / Lap 72 51 55 48 61 71 49 43 39 59
Gear Changes / Race 4104 3213 3630 3168 4758 3621 2957 3053 2028 4130
Full Throttle Time (%) 68% 73% 67% 62% 47% 63% 65% 75% 72% 63%
Full Throttle Distance (%) 74% 77% 76% 78% 61% 78% 70% 78% 75% 66%
Top Speed with DRS (km/h) 325.0 324.0 324.5 327.0 291.0 329.0 325.0 324.0 323.0 321.0
DRS Difference (km/h) 24.0 23.0 24.5 26.0 8.0 21.0 25.0 14.0 13.0 18.0
Lateral G / Max (G/s) 4.4 4.8 4.2 4.2 4.5 3.5 4.5 4.3 4.8 4.5
Fuel Consumption / Race (kg) 110 110 110 110 110 110 110 110 110 110

The Alpine F1 colorway strip—blocks of blue, white, and red overlayed with three thin white lines—against a black background