Renault Sport F1 has an operations room at its Viry-Châtillon headquarters. Over a race weekend the ops room works in real time with the track, accessing the data received from the cars and the team.
At least eight people – the equivalent of a full engine team trackside – are operational round the clock from around one hour before FP1 on a Friday until the end of FP3 on a Saturday. The team checks the data from the cars and is in constant communication with the trackside team, looking at results, information and any concerns raised. This is then sent onto the relevant department and personnel within Viry for further treatment.
The Viry dynos also support the track operations during a GP event. At least one dyno is running throughout Friday running according to track needs. An improved engine map or software change may be tested in the dyno, for example, and then fed back into the trackside team’s plans.
The remaining dynos at Viry still test future developments, but depending on the nature of a trackside problem or urgency, the dyno department will organize a testing plan to mobilise more personnel or dynos. The majority of personnel working in the dyno management and ops room have trackside experience so know how to prioritize plans and work quickly to meet the needs of the track.
More than four tonnes of freight were sent from Viry to the first four races of the year. The freight arrived in Australia and was then sent on to Malaysia, China and Bahrain with the F1 official cargo. A consignment of 500kg was also sent via sea freight to each race. Added to this, a further tonne of equipment with latest specification parts, upgrades and so on was sent separately by air freight to each of the four races. That’s approximately ten tonnes of equipment shipped around the world in just six weeks ! Bear in mind that an engine weighs around 145kg…