Formula 1 is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition and the world’s most popular annual sporting series. In a sport where every tenth of a second defines the difference between winning and losing, superior connectivity and content delivery networks are critical components in the quest to win world championships.Innovation. Creativity. Smart use of new technologies. This is what Tata Communications brings to the sport as the Official Connectivity Provider to Formula 1.
Congratulations to all the Challenge 1 winners of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. See a synopsis of the winning entries here.
1) Unless otherwise indicated in the Official Rules, all cash prizes will be divided equally among all officially registered members of a registered team.
To win The F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize of $50,000 you need to address at least one of two challenges, each of which carries equal merit and have been set by Tata Communications and its F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize partners, Formula One Management and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
2) No purchase necessary. Official Rules identifying (i) who is eligible to participate; (ii) how to participate, (iii) how winners will be selected, and (iv) a description of the prizes available will be posted at www.tatacommunications.com/f1prize in the coming weeks.
Formula One World Championship Limited has the exclusive right to commercialise the FIA Formula One® World Championship. Along with its affiliates within the Formula One® Group, including Formula One® Management Limited, it commercially exploits the FIA Formula One® World Championship, including through the production, management and exploitation of media content in all forms.
Tata Communications is the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1 enabling the sport to seamlessly reach out to its tens of millions of fans across the globe. Tata Communications is also the Official Managed Connectivity Supplier to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, providing three times faster connectivity to the team. Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.
With a heritage dating back to 1934, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is the contemporary expression of the long and distinguished history that Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed in the top echelons of motorsport. Today the team’s HQ in Brackley, UK, is home to over 500 staff in a state-of-the-art technology facility that designs, develops and deploys the Silver Arrows race cars.
Lewis Hamilton MBE is the current FIA Formula One Drivers World Champion, driving for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. At the age of ten Lewis approached the McLaren team principal, Ron Dennis, at the 1995 Autosport Awards ceremony and told him "I want to race for you one day." Less than three years later, he was signed by McLaren and Mercedes-Benz to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, European Formula Three and GP2 championship in 2006, he became a McLaren F1 driver for 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis.
In his first season in Formula One Hamilton set numerous records and finished second in the 2007 Formula One Championship one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. His first world championship was won the following season, ahead of Felipe Massa by the same margin of a single point. With Mercedes stealing a march on the rest of the pack with the new V6 engines in 2014, Hamilton was handed a car which, by his own admission, provided him with his best chance of winning a second world championship. And he was correct, winning 11 races in a sometimes bitter rivalry with Mercedes team-mate and old karting friend Nico Rosberg, claiming the championship with a dominant drive at the season finale in Abu Dhabi to end his long wait for a second world championship.
Paddy Lowe graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 with a degree in engineering and joined Williams F1 in 1987 as joint head of electronics. In 1993 he moved to McLaren to be its head of R&D where he remained until 2001 when he was appointed chief engineer system development, a role focussing on the race programme for the McLaren MP4-20. In 2005 he was promoted to engineering director, taking overall responsibility for all engineering departments and in 2011 he became McLarens technical director, managing all of the engineering functions of McLaren Racing.
On 3rd June 2013, Lowe was announced as the new Executive Director (Technical) of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team.
John Morrison’s current title is Chief Technical Officer of Formula One Management. He was formerly General Manager, Broadcast Facilities. In both roles he has overseen FOM’s entire broadcast operation principally consisting of producing and distributing the live coverage of F1 and support events from the F1 circuits worldwide to the rights holder broadcasters who, in turn, delivered the content to 425 million unique television viewers over the 2014 season.
David joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season he became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.
After moving to McLaren, David took his new teams first win in three seasons at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. In all, he scored 12 of his 13 grand prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren, and, after supporting team-mate Mika Häkkinen to the drivers' championship in 1998 and '99, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001.
In 2005 David moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team. By the time he retired from Formula 1, in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest coring British driver of all time. David stayed on as a consultant to Red Bull and also acts as an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. Now David appears as a lead pundit on BBC TVs Formula 1 coverage.
Martin Brundle is a former Formula One racing driver, having raced for Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan. He was the World Sportscar champion of 1988 and won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1990.
In 1997, Brundle became a Formula One co-commentator on Britain’s ITV alongside Murray Walker, and remained there for the programme's entire run, winning the RTS Television Sports Award for best Sports Pundit four times: in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006.
In 2009, Brundle co-commentated for the BBC's Formula One coverage, later becoming the lead commentator alongside his friend David Coulthard for the 2011 season. In 2012, Martin moved over to Sky's Formula One coverage where he remains the “Voice of F1”.
Mehul Kapadia is Managing Director of the F1® Business for Tata Communications, part of the $96.79 billion Tata group of Companies. He is responsible for the end-to-end management of the strategic alliances and corporate sponsorships that Tata Communications carries out globally.
Prior to his current role, Mehul held various positions within Tata Communications including Head of Marketing and Strategy for the Small and Medium Enterprise Business in India, and Head of Sales and Marketing for the Retail Business Unit, which he helped set up in 2002. Whilst working for the Retail Business Unit, Mehul played a key role in the acquisition and integration of Dishnet’s broadband business into Tata Communications, and headed the entire portfolio of products including Fixed Line Broadband, Wimax Broadband, Wi-Fi, Cyber Cafes, Dial Up and Net Telephony.
He is currently the F1 correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live and is the network’s lead F1 commentator. He is also F1 correspondent for the Financial Times and presents the on-site coverage for Australian TV Network 10. James became ITV Sport’s lead TV commentator on Formula 1 in October 2001, having deputised for Murray Walker at six races during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
During James’ tenure as commentator, ITV’s race coverage won three consecutive BAFTA awards and the Royal Television Society’s Sports Programme of the Year award. In 2008 James and Martin Brundle were presented with an Autosport Award for their dramatic coverage of the final laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix, ITV’s last F1 race. The BAFTA judges’s citation indicated that the commentary on the final laps had been the decisive factor in swinging the BAFTA ITV-F1′s way.
James joined ITV in 1997 as pit lane reporter having fulfilled a similar role on the American sports channel ESPN since 1993. His sharp, often humorous analysis of team’s race strategies and the goings on in the pit lane quickly became a feature of ITV’s coverage.
James launched the JA on F1 website in 2009 and it quickly grew into one of the most influential and widely-read sites specialising in F1 content.
James devotes a significant amount of time to voluntary projects around motorsport: In 2011 he was elected by his peers in the F1 Media Centre to represent them as one of four international journalists on the FIA Press Council. He is a Trustee of the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust and has been a patron of the children’s engineering challenge, F1 in Schools, for over a decade. He lives in North West London with his wife Pip and sons Enzo and Emerson. The boys prefer motocross to F1.
This could include anything from the ‘best of Lewis Hamilton’ to highlight from the FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX. By the archive, which would already have been tagged with baseline metadata, fans could explore the relevant race and using the editing interface, find and clip their moment. The fan community along with F1 VIPs could vote on the winning clips, and the winners would receive merchandise, race tickets and VIP race weekends as prizes.
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Robert Smith, winner of the second challenge of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, talks through what he sees as the future innovations of the sport... + View full articleRobert Smith, winner of the second challenge of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, talks about his winning concept and the inspiration for it... + View full article
Digital innovator Chris Thelwell, one of two winners of the first challenge of the Formula 1 Connectivity Innovation Prize , tells us about his solution and how he arrived at his winning idea... + View full articleChris Thelwell, one of two winners of the first challenge of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, shares his predictions for the sport...+ View full article