F1 and partner Amazon Web Services are set to roll out six new graphics for fans over the course of the 2021 season in an attempt to provide viewers with the most up to date information.
The increased use of graphics and statistics has divided fans over the years, with some stating it takes much of the drama out of the live action. Regardless, there will be a total of 18 graphics by the end of the current season.
One of the newest additions will be on display at this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the 'Braking Performance' graphic. It will show the varying style of each driver's braking over the course of the lap, how late they are braking and how their apex speed varies when dealing with corners.
The other five graphics will be introduced later this season.
- Car Exploitation: Starting from the Canadian Grand Prix, the graphic will show when drivers are pushing their cars to the limit of performance in terms of grip, braking, acceleration and cornering during a race.
- Energy Usage: Starting from the Canadian Grand Prix, it will show when drivers are using their battery and how much the have left in reserve.
- Start Analysis: Starting with the Italian Grand Prix, it will compare each drivers' start by looking at their reaction time and distance gained on rivals.
- Pitlane Performance: Startling from the Japanese Grand Prix, the graphic will explore time lost or gained during a pit stop excluding when the car is stationary.
- Undercut Threat: Available from the Austrian Grand Prix, it will look at the benefits a driver could have should they make an early stop in an attempt to undercut the rival ahead of them.
F1 chief engineer Rob Smedley believes the new graphics will give fans a deeper understanding of what is happening on track.
“With this new set of racing statistics for 2021, we are going deeper than ever before," he told Formula1.com. "New Insights like Braking Performance and Undercut Threat peel back additional layers of race strategies and performance and use advanced visualizations to make the sport of racing even more understandable and exciting.
"Race car technology improves all the time, and thanks to AWS, our fans can appreciate how that technology impacts race outcomes.”