Beyond the track

In Formula One racing, every millisecond counts. BWT Alpine F1® Team is keeping pace with innovation to push their performance on and off the track.

BWT Alpine F1 Team Car driving on track.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A522. Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Friday 22nd April 2022. Imola, Italy.

Every time Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon get behind the wheel, more than 200 sensors collect over 50 billion data points that help the technical staff improve aerodynamics, performance, and handling.

With races only a week or two apart, BWT Alpine F1 Team must design, test, and manufacture optimizations at an accelerated pace. To help with this, the team turns to these billions of data points they capture from the car each weekend.

Take a deeper look at how the team and technology work in tandem at Enstone Factory to bring the BWT Alpine F1 Team car to life with a 360-degree experience.​

We’re very reactive. We need something that works quickly so we can get our job done as reliably as possible.
Christian Clogger
BWT Alpine F1® Team

It takes a dedicated team to produce a competitive Formula One car. Each piece of information is imperative to understand the dynamics of the car and transform these forces into performance. With each race, they’re learning and trying new things with the most current car.

The team and each department must be able to trust the data they receive, analyze it, and visually interpret it in the most efficient way.

If the team didn’t have this input, the engineers would be developing a car without any insight into how the driver is experiencing changes. But once they have this data from the track, it’s then a process of rigorous teamwork and collaboration. Leveraging Microsoft Azure, the team is able to consolidate all of their data into a single environment to uncover the key insights that shape design decisions and inform race strategy.

The data journey

From the precise engineering to the car to the fine tune way it’s driven on the track, data is at the root of everything the BWT Alpine F1 Team does.

Access to data and technology with an F1 team is the lifeblood of how we create performance.
Matt Harman
Technical Director

The race to innovate

With more than 1,000 team members across the globe working 24/7 to design, manufacture, and innovate the new A522, collaboration and real-time solutions are crucial to keep up with a very fast-moving F1 environment. Microsoft technology helps the team innovate through the cloud in 3 S’s: the scale of data, the speed of data, and the simplicity of data. Thus, providing a full picture of what is happening on the car, on the track and therefore allowing quicker decision-making. Microsoft Cloud services have made it possible for the BWT Alpine F1 team to have a strategic advantage over their competitors and be more proactive when it comes to the information data is providing.

Learn more about how BWT Alpine F1 Team uses Microsoft Cloud to collect billions of data points at breakneck pace.

Scale. Speed. Simplicity. These three S’s are the lifeblood of F1. Microsoft empowers the team to drive innovation on and off the track with innovative cloud technology. 

The BWT Alpine F1 Team Data Science Platform is the latest resource that is driving success for the team. The powerful, scalable solution built with NetApp Files and Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines helps analyze performance, generate insight, and identify
opportunities for enhancements.

Microsoft PowerBI dashboards have enabled better visibility into the abundance of car part data and a more organized way of tracking on-going production which has improved the teams on-time delivery for new parts.