Your guide to Sky Sports F1's Race Control
The on-stop shop to unlock your ultimate F1 viewing experience
Last Updated: 02/05/13 10:56am
Not yet watched a Grand Prix via our interactive Race Control service? Or simply unsure what it is and how and when you can access it? Well, if so, then this guide should more than fill you in...
WHAT IS IT?
Race Control is the ultimate complement to Sky Sports F1's live coverage of every Practice, Qualifying and Race session during the 2013 season and is available across TV, Online and iPad.
In short, it puts you in control of how - and what - you want to watch as all the track action unfolds.
WHERE IS IT?
If you're a Sky Sports F1 subscriber then you can access Race Control via the Red Button on your TV during the live coverage, on your iPad by downloading the Sky Sports App or via Race Centre on skysports.com/f1.
WHAT'S ON IT?
Race Control presents you with all the things you could ever need to follow a Grand Prix weekend to the richest extent. Up to nine different options across the various platforms allow you to switch between different aspects of the particular on-track session, from a choice of on-board cameras to a live timing screen, driver tracker and the main HD feed itself.
Go on board with drivers in the pitlane - and listen to their team radio
On-board cameras: Go on board with the drivers with the availability of up to four feeds at any time offering you a unique chance to see the sport's top stars working the wheel in the tight confines of an F1 cockpit. The experience is particularly thrilling and compelling at the very start of a Grand Prix, when invariably the focus is on the drivers at the very sharp end of the grid as they battle for position into the first corner.
Pit Lane: Get yourself right to the heart of communications between a driver and his team on the pitwall, with the 'Pit Lane' option offering fly-on-the-wall insights into strategy, the drivers' feedback and in Friday practices the perennial complaints about a lack of grip!
Driver Tracker: Follow the position of every driver out on track at a glance, while also work out where a car is likely to feed back into the action after a pitstop.
Timing screen: Study the timesheets at your leisure thanks to the official Grand Prix timing screen, which is available for every track session.
Race highlights: On the Red Button and the iPad App, regularly updated rolling highlights during the race mean you can catch up on the big moments you've missed, or simply want to have a look at again.
Stats and social media: Think you might want to know how old Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez is, or how many races Jenson Button has competed in, during the live action? Well, Race Control caters for you here too as up-to-date stats on the 2013 drivers, teams, circuits or more are only the touch of a button - via the 'i' on your Sky Remote - or screen away. You can also have your say on the action as it happens as we'll post the best of the tweets from fans, and the F1 paddock, throughout our coverage.
DO I MISS ANYTHING?
The best news is that by accessing Race Control you're only enhancing your Sky Sports F1 viewing experience, rather than taking away from it. Not only is the main Race Control feed still in HD, you're only the press of a button, or touch of the screen, away from another option, or indeed flicking straight back to the main feed.
On iPad Race Control, we also have a cool scrub function that lets you go back and forth on the live action. There's also a timeline of interviews and highlights right at your fingertips.