The Formula 1 season restarted at the weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix. The race itself wasn’t particularly exciting compared to some I’ve seen, but I did discover a nice addition to the proceedings.
I wasn’t going to be able to see the start of the race as it began at twelve – our worship meeting at church usually finishes about quarter past. I wouldn’t get home until maybe one o-clock, and that was a big chunk of the race to miss.
Luckily, Formula1.com, the official F1 website, released a mobile app for the 2010 season that gives you live timing information on the move. And the best thing? It’s free! So after church this morning I could fire up my iPhone and see the state of play. I could see the running order, lap times, and even track data like surface and air temperature and which direction the wind was coming from.
At one point a group of us were watching the BBC’s website stream and I noticed that the app was right up to date. As soon as a car came into the pits my app updated. As soon as they were out, the same thing happened. I was really impressed with just how current the information on the app was.
The F1.com mobile app isn’t going to replace actually seeing a race, but I found it really useful for a time when I couldn’t see a television. I also know some people who have the timing screen on even when they are watching the race, so this isn’t just one for when the telly’s on the blink. As I said earlier, the best thing is that this is completely free (you need to register on the F1.com website), so if you’re into Formula 1 it’s well worth a look.
If you used the app over the weekend why not tell us how you got on? Is it a good idea? Pointless? Tell us in the comments!