Ten minutes before the Canadian Grand Prix start I noticed Sebastian’s brilliant new PitlaneOne F1 app was showing an incorrect lap count on the live timing. The race hadn’t started but the counter showed Lap 2/70 (left).
I grabbed a screen shot and at 05:50am (NZ Time) sent him (in Germany) an email. Just 8 minutes later, and 2 minutes before the start, the counter came right and I got an “I fixed it” confirmation email.
Less than 8 minutes to log a bug (from New Zealand) and see the correction appear is a pretty fine response rate and the same sort of dedication and care is apparent throughout the app.
PitlaneOne: The App
This is a new Universal Windows 10 app that runs on PC and Windows Mobile showing Formula 1 calendar, results, stats and live timing (using the public timing feed).
PitlaneOne: Start menu tiles
You can pin several tiles to the start menu giving news, live times (or schedule between sessions) and standings.
PitlaneOne: The detail
The main page has a configurable news feed (pick from presets or add any RSS feed) and standings, next race and season details in tiles. Click a tile for a full screen details page
Team details includes stats and links to Driver/Team social media accounts
Circuit details includes weekend results for practice, qualifying and race once complete.
PitlaneOne: Live Timing and more
The live timing screen includes a Comments (from Autosport Live) or Twitter option.
The Twitter integration is great. Connect your account to see your own live feed, or Twitter list. You can reply, retweet and ‘heart’ tweets on the timeline.
The Tweet button allows response (without leaving the timing screen) and optionally tags your tweets with #F1 and the current race name (configure the variables in Settings).
PitlaneOne: Formula 1 in your calendar!
A settings calendar option creates Windows Calendar events for all the practice, qualifying and race sessions!
Overall a brilliant app which shows Microsoft Universal Platform off at its best.
In July 1990 a small memorial trust had been formed to honour Bruce. Upon its closure in 1995, it was realised by the McLaren family and Ross Jensen that there was a need to form a permanent trust. Therefore in response to repeated demands to commemorate Bruce McLaren's achievements and honour him as one of New Zealand's international heroes, the new Trust was formed by Ross Jensen and Bruce's younger sister Jan McLaren. The overall purpose of the Bruce McLaren Trust is to be a living working memorial to Bruce McLaren and the McLaren Team heritage.
Want to build, or maintain, a 2010 Formula 1 Championship winning car? This Haynes Manual would be a good start.
The last/only Haynes Manual I owned was for a 1973 Fiat 127. Although the technology in this one is rather different the format is familiar. There are lots of cutaway illustrations, assembly diagrams and info on all the car components, systems and the technical rule requirements which drive the design. There is enough detail to satisfy a F1 fan, especially those who love the techo and design aspects of the sport, although not detailed enough to have McLaren heading for the local photocopy shop. It was written as the 2010 season unfolded and I guess you don’t win in 2011 by publishing all your secrets.
Along with technical detail on the car you also get team history, overview of design process and the team members point of view (from mechanic to driver). I thought my Dad would like it but consider it a bit rude to give a well read book as a gift, so I got two!
James Allen on the life and times of a F1 engine. Interesting to see the Shell V Power Fuel I run the Flying Spaghetti Machine on (simply because Shell/Z Station is conveniently located on my commute) really might be keeping its valves clean…