Zadara, Inc. and Sauber Motorsport AG, which manages and operates the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN entry in the Formula One (F1) world championship, announced it is the official cloud supplier of the team.
In a sport where every millisecond matters, the ability to access real-time data for instantaneous analysis is important. With hundreds of sensors continuously collecting telemetry data on the cars, the track and the drivers during test runs, and on race weekend, Zadara’s edge cloud technology will enhance its race weekend with cloud capabilities delivered at the edge.
“Formula One begins long before you get to the track with the engineering and design of the car,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO, Zadara. “Engineering relies on massive amounts of data, collected in locations around the world. This data is also needed for split-second decisions made during the race. We are proud to be Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Cloud supplier and are excited for this race season.“
Team engineers from track engineering, systems engineering and vehicle performance departments rely on hundreds of gigabytes of data produced by each car during race weekend, for trackside decisions and use back at HQs. These volumes of data inform R&D, engineering modifications, and race strategy. With this partnership, Zadara’s cloud services will streamline Sauber Motorsport’s cloud infrastructure, while enhancing performance and improving latency, making race data readily available.
“Data plays an ever-important role in what we do at Sauber Motorsport,” said Frédéric Vasseur, team principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport. “Being able to make data-driven decisions in near real-time and having a cloud technology partner like Zadara to ensure data from our cars and drivers is captured, secured and transported to the right place at the right time means this is a partnership we not only value but depend on to deliver performance on and off the track.“
Sauber Motorsport and the Zadara team are making F1 history as the first partnership of its kind forged 100% virtually during the 2020 pandemic. Never before has a technology partnership been developed entirely over digital channels, including the technical architecture assessment and design. A partnership truly engineered in the cloud.
After being unveiled to the public in a live stream for the first time, the Zadara-sponsored Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN car can be seen at the season opener in Bahrain on March 28, with team drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen.