From 2021 to 2022: AWS machines have evolved along with F1 cars

AWS designed F1 2022 car
F1 cars evolve through the course of a full season. In fact, cars have undergone a revolution from 2021 to 2022. Also joining the revolution are AWS’ machines – the ones that helped F1 write the new regulations in the first place.

In the off-season of the 2022 Formula 1 season, one of our feature stories focussed on AWS and the good work they’ve undertaken to add to the F1 spectacle. AWS’ involvement goes far deeper than the TV graphics that have been much-discussed since their inception. Their most-recent work has been in helping F1 develop the revolutionary regulations that will define the new era from 2022 onward.

But could AWS get involved in other scenarios in F1? Here are a few thoughts that I went out exploring:

  1. FIA’s new and to-be initiated VAR for better governance of the sport – could machines assist the ever-stressed job handled by humans at Race Control?
  2. Circuit development – helping understand what circuit layouts offer better racing and entertainment?
  3. Driver development – F1 teams spend lots of resources on driver development programs for younger drivers. Could machines do a Helmut Marko?
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After months of planning, we had AWS’ Priya Ponnapalli as a guest on the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Here are the episode details:

“What better way to celebrate the onset of the revolutionary 2022 Formula 1 season than to speak to one of the people involved in the very making of the regulations.

Priya Ponnapalli from Amazon Web Services (or AWS) joins Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.

Priya leads the team of humans and machines (of course!) at AWS that works with Formula 1. AWS’ involvement goes way beyond the TV graphics that F1 fans have witnessed in the past few seasons.

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In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Priya explains how the AWS-F1 partnership came about, the areas the partnership has already worked in (F1 2022 regulations along with TV graphics & more) and what areas they could potentially collaborate on in the future (FIA’s VAR?).

What are the main challenges of working with F1? Does AWS take learnings from their sports partnerships into other business areas like finance or healthcare? And finally, do AWS’ machine learning algorithms evolve through a season just the way F1 cars do?

Tune in!

(Season 2022, Episode 09)”

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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