Races are no longer won only on the race track: communication is key; and not only between the pit wall and driver, but just as importantly between the garage and car control systems.
It should go without saying that simplicity is the key – one control unit for all functions. The team is able to rely on continual radio coverage around the circuit for the acquisition of data from the vehicle’s control systems and also for communication with the driver. Of course, the system is also designed so that the FIA may also effectively monitor all vehicles in the race.
Magneti Marelli’s V2X system is a two-way WiFi system used for the transmission of voice and data signals from car to the team in the garage and on the pit wall. It made its debut in Formula 1 in 2014. From its first use clearly outclassed traditional radio systems in terms of the quantity and quality of information provided. The latest step in its development has been the provision of Full HD video transmission.