Developer of viral app admits they could face Formula 1 lawsuit
In Formula 1 there is so much to track, as ten teams and 20 drivers make their way around the circuit for over an hour during a Grand Prix.
Not only are their 20 different cars to keep your eyes on, there is an abundance of data available to fans to help them better understand what is going on in the race.
There are lap times, radio messages, sector times, tyre data and much more that all add context to a Grand Prix.
Until now it has been pretty much impossible to keep track of all of this data at once, but now there is a way to see it live at the same time.
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Multiviewer is an unofficial desktop client for F1TV Access and F1TV Pro that allows fans to see lap times, onboard footage and much more all on one screen.
Sky Sports’ broadcast experience allows you to choose one driver to focus on but cannot rival Multiviewer’s ability to show all 20 onboards at once.
More than 40,000 people used Multiviewer during the Bahrain Grand Prix to get the best viewing experience possible, with one fan on social media even showing that he had multiple TVs so he could watch the onboards and see all the data at the same time.
The creator of the app wishes to remain anonymous, and this is down to the legal complications with the app, as it is currently unsure if Multiviewer breaches F1’s terms of service.
“It’s against the terms to develop it,” he said.
“But it’s not providing access to anything you wouldn’t otherwise have access to with your legally acquired subscription. So you can see it as a specialized browser.”
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The argument for the app being allowed is supported by the fact that you need an F1TV or F1TV Pro subscription to use the app, meaning that no footage is being illegally streamed to non-paying fans.
It is currently unclear whether Formula 1 plan to take down Multiviewer or whether they will be happy to allow the app to continue running.
The founder of the app has said that he would happily work with F1, meaning that the ultimate viewing experience could soon be a part of regular broadcasting.
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Felipe Massa makes massive Max Verstappen claim that will alarm Lewis Hamilton
Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa believes the sport is officially in an era of Max Verstappen dominance, similar to dominant spells enjoyed by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
The reigning world champion is certainly at the top of his game currently, with the Dutchman having cruised to the title last season, whilst smashing some of the most decorated records along the way.
His dominant victory at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix would suggest that 2023 might be a replica of 2022 for Verstappen, who Massa believes could win “six titles in a row”.
“I think that’s happening now,” Massa told Bild newspaper, when asked if the sport is in a Verstappen era.
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“I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t get the hat-trick,” Massa added.
“And much more than that. Max can also win four, five or six titles in a row.”
Verstappen is set to have to do it the hard way, though, if he wants to start the season with back-to-back victories, after qualifying P15 at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix following a driveshaft failure.
The 25-year-old was the clear favourite for pole prior to his failure, with Verstappen attempting to become the first driver since Sebastian Vettel in 2018 to win the opening two rounds of the season.
On the front row at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Pérez and Fernando Alonso, who has hailed the Austrians for being “in another league”.
“It is tempting to think about victory,” Alonso admitted.
“But on pure pace, I think Red Bull is in another league.
“Without another mechanical problem or something else that happens to the Red Bulls, it is not feasible. So we are going to try to do a simple race without errors and get as many points as we can.”
Despite starting 15th, Verstappen is one of the favourites for victory, with the Red Bull driver having topped all three practice sessions in Jeddah.
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His pace has been absolutely sensational, with a podium at the very worst being possible for Verstappen.
“I think Max will eventually catch me, they have that advantage,” Alonso said.
“I think there is no doubt that he will be on the podium, minimum.”
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Will Buxton criticises FIA after 2023 Saudi Arabian GP
Esteban Ocon had a nightmare start to the season two weeks ago at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Frenchman picking up a number of different penalties in quick succession.
The Alpine driver was forced to serve a five-second penalty during his first pit stop for being out of his grid slot at the start of the race but it was then deemed that his pit crew had started working on his car slightly too early.
This then led to Ocon being slapped with a ten-second penalty, essentially ruining his race.
Alonso has now suffered a very similar fate at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the Spaniard initially being found to be slightly to the left-hand side of his grid box at the start of the race.
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Whilst serving the five-second penalty that followed, an Aston Martin mechanic touched the AMR-23 with the rear jack before he was allowed to, resulting in Alonso being slapped with an additional ten-second penalty after the race.
The penalty saw Alonso stripped of his 100th podium in F1 and replaced in P3 by George Russell, a decision that was seen as harsh by many F1 fans.
However, the FIA later reversed this decision, following a successful Aston Martin appeal.
Will Buxton has criticised the FIA for these harsh penalties and suggested how they could be prevented un the future with a slight alteration of the rules.
“If the FIA is going to penalise teams for doing their own timings on when their car stops and when their pit crew get to work they need to install their own timers on the pit gantries so there can be no debate. Two penalties in two races doesn’t reflect well on the process,” he tweeted.
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“Perhaps create a marked box one metre outside the car’s marks in the pitlane. Teams must stay outside this box. When car comes to a stop an FIA representative hits a start button. Time runs out, a light on gantry goes green, team can move inside 1m box. Can’t be too hard.”
Alonso’s second penalty was only a couple of tenths away from costing him another position to Lewis Hamilton, meaning that these harsh penalties have the potential to cost teams and drivers a large haul of points.
With two similar incidents in two races, the FIA will be looking to clarify the rules and process ahead of the next race in Australia.
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Sebastian Vettel becomes lead investor in performance drink brand
BACX, the performance energy drink startup, has announced a £1.2m seed funding round, led by four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel, who retired from F1 last year, exclusively used BACX in fitness training and in the car during the 2022 season, when racing for Aston Martin.
Following his experience of using the products, and an alignment over sustainability undertakings and vision of the brand, he also joins BACX as its global brand advocate.
BACX was founded by Jason Baits-Tomlin in 2020 to create a higher performing and healthier energy and rehydration alternative, for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
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BACX’s first product is Performance Fuel, available in two flavours, and certified by Informed Sport.
Mixed with water, the all-plant concentrate gives complete nutrition to keep endurance sports athletes and enthusiasts energised and hydrated throughout their activities.
The vegan-friendly product is made entirely from plant-based ingredients which contains no artificial preservatives, colours or flavours, no caffeine or maltodextrin, and is free of the 14 major allergens.
Fever-Tree Chairman Bill Ronald has also joined BACX as its Chairman. During his tenure, Ronald oversaw the group’s growth from a $34m to a $400m revenue business and is looking to bring his extensive expertise within the food and beverage industry to BACX.
BACX also has various profile athletes as ambassadors including Team GB track cyclist and Commonwealth medallist Joe Truman.
Commenting on the investment, Vettel said: “BACX products were the first I’ve tried throughout my 15 year F1 career that have me energised right until to the end of a Grand Prix without any stomach problems or side effects. This inspired me to get involved, alongside our mutual values of sustainability, health and performance, to help scale the business to help as many people as possible on their fitness journey.”
Jason Baits-Tomlin, founder and CEO of BACX, for his part, said: “I created BACX because I no longer wanted to endure poor performing, synthetic sports nutrition on my endurance adventures and challenges and. I was convinced there had to be a way to create a high performing and healthier alternative.
“I was thrilled when Sebastian decided to use BACX and put it to the test on the track, ultimately leading to our partnership through shared values in making a positive impact in people’s lives, while doing our best, from the start, to limit environmental harm.
“We’re delighted to be a part of Sebastian’s vision for change, including his involvement with BACX as lead investor and global brand advocate, to help us grow and make a difference.”
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Michael Schumacher would’ve prevented Mick’s Haas mistreatment
Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher believes Haas team principal Guenther Steiner “would have behaved differently” towards Mick Schumacher had the young German’s father “been there”, with Michael Schumacher having not been seen since the end of 2013.
Steiner was heavily criticised for the way he treated Ralf’s nephew during 2022, with Mick having been axed from the Americans at the end of the season, when no other seats were available.
As a result, the 23-year-old finds himself on the bench at Mercedes this season and not on the grid, something ex-F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone believes wouldn’t be the case if his father was “at his side”
“With Michael at his side as a consultant, Mick would be a regular driver in the cockpit of a good team,” Ecclestone told Sport Bild.
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“He would have shown him the right way in terms of driving, but also politically.”
Ralf has been incredibly vocal about how unhappy he is with how Steiner treated his nephew, with more comments from the Haas boss having been revealed following the release of the recent series of ‘Drive to Survive’.
The ex-F1 driver has labelled Steiner as having been “just too much” and that he wouldn’t have done so if Michael was by Mick’s side, with that being something which “bothers” the seven-time world champion’s brother.
“I think it’s a shame that it had to come to this,” Ralf told f1-insider.com.
“I think that as a seasoned guy you don’t treat a young person like that. Everyone has to withstand pressure in Formula 1, but that was just too much.
“And that’s what bothers me the most – if my brother had been there, Gunther would have behaved differently,” Ralf alleged.
Whilst he does continue to slam Steiner, Ralf does admit that his nephew “was too slow” and cost the team too much through his heavy crashes.
Despite this, Ralf added that he’ll always defend his family, especially when treated in an unfair manner.
“You have to admit that Mick was too slow in the first half of the season and caused too much damage,” Ralf said. “If that is then discussed internally, I have no problem with it at all.
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“My problem was when Gunther said things like ‘If Mick doesn’t like it here, he can go’. I didn’t understand that at all.
“I don’t think Mick had a fair chance, which is very clear if you watch Netflix as well. I just think Michael’s presence would have been enough.
“Of course, everyone can do as they like. But Mick is family and you have to understand that if you treat my family like that, as Ralf Schumacher then I won’t like it.”
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Toto Wolff opens up on Lewis Hamilton’s decision to stop working with Angela Cullen
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that it was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to part ways with long-term partner Angela Cullen, after the duo announced their split ahead of the opening session at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Hamilton and Cullen announced their split on social media, with the pair having spent seven years working together.
Many quickly began to question why the pair had decided to call it a day on their partnership; however, Wolff has confirmed that it was the seven-time world champion who was “looking for a change”.
“We have seen for some time now that Lewis was looking for a change,” Wolff said.
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“I think in every team, whether that’s his close circle or also in the wider group, it’s not a static situation that you can freeze. We all develop as people and as an organisation. And if things don’t work out anymore, we need to be honest about it and then bring change.
“Angela will always be a mascot of the team. She’s the only one who has a louder voice than a starting car. But, you know, if this is what he decides, we will always absolutely support him, whatever direction he wants to take.”
Cullen will be at Hamilton’s side this weekend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with it yet to be confirmed by the duo whether this weekend will be their last together.
Hamilton has won four world titles whilst being supported by the New Zealander, who has often been seen by the British driver’s side both on and off the circuit.
She revealed on Instagram that she’s “off on my next adventure”, but that it’d been “an honour and pleasure” to work alongside the 103-time race winner.
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“Exactly seven years ago on this day I was standing in the F1 paddock for the first time at the Australian GP. Today I’m excited to share I’m off on my next adventure,” Cullen wrote.
“And @lewishamilton you GOAT !! It’s been such an honour and pleasure to stand along side you I’m so proud of you and everything you have achieved.
“Thank you for supporting me, believing in me and showing me the limitless potential we all have within us. I am so excited to watch the next chapter for you. There’s nothing you can’t do. Don’t stop believing…”
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