Global storage-as-a-service provider Zadara has become the official cloud supplier of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team in the Formula One world championship – with team drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen. Sauber Motorsport, which manages and operates the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN entry in the F1 championship, has selected Zadara to enhance the team’s cloud capabilities at the edge.
In a sport where every millisecond matters, the ability to access real-time data for instantaneous analysis is critically important. With hundreds of sensors continuously collecting telemetry data on the F1 cars, the track and the drivers during test runs, and on race weekend, Zadara’s edge cloud technology would help enhance the team’s performance 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 of 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.”
Sauber Motorsport’s 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 headquarters. These volumes of data inform research and development, engineering modifications, and race strategy. With this partnership, Zadara’s cloud services would significantly streamline Sauber Motorsport’s cloud infrastructure, while enhancing performance and improving latency, making race data readily available.
Data-Driven Decision Making
“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 AG. “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.”
Due to the pandemic, the technology partnership between Sauber Motorsport and the Zadara team has been developed entirely over digital channels, including the technical architecture assessment and design. A partnership truly engineered in the cloud, so to say.