F1 » FIA sticks with telemetry supplier - for now

The FIA has said it does not plan to change its new telemetry supplier ahead of the next F1 Grand Prix in Spain, despite problems in the first four races of 2013.

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Owem Hamilton - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 2:20 PM

I wonder why they changed supplier in the first place as everything worked properly before, I assume it was to save money but the FIA should have done their homework before giving the contract to another company.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 7:06 PM

sounds more like a software issue than the actual telemetry itself, assuming the interface on the cars is the same regardless of the supplier. Would be interesting to know how they mesh together the radios and how the units hop from radio to radio, if thats even the case. I am assuming they have a real time link the whole race, at least for uploading data to the pitwall, downloading the data is probably where it's failing, ... loose speculation.


April 27, 2013 9:58 PM

Since 2012 the FIA telemetry link between race control and the cars which controls the marshalling system (cockpit warning lights), DRS override, GPS data, pit to car/car to pit radio amongst others is standard and in real time.

Yak - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 2:21 AM

Owem Hamilton - I'm guessing with things being re-worked a fair bit with the new ECUs and new cars coming in next year, they took on whoever said they could do it for the least amount of money. If 2013 was pretty much a continuation of 2012, I imagine the supplier would have stayed the same. I would suspect that beside the threat of losing the contract, they're also being financially penalised for not performing to the required level.

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