More Ways of Looking At the Mclaren F1 Telemetry Data

Okay – I know I said that the next post in this series would start looking at the stories the Mclaren F1 telemetry data is telling us, but I’m away this weekend so I thought I’d schedule another eye-candy post…

So here you go – a couple of ways of looking at the data in Google Earth by popping the data into a google spreadsheet, grabbing the CSV data out and pushing it though a Yahoo Pipe, which helpfully generates a KML file for us. Firstly, a simple tour with speed labels on the markers:

Hamitonian tour of Bahrain

Then it struck me – if I do a couple of minor tweaks to the KML, I can produce some coloured markers. So for example, here we have a view where the marker colour represents the gear Hamilton’s car is in during a race-day single lap of the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix circuit:

Bahrain gear change map

The tilted view of the first image is far more appealing, don’t you think?

(What I really want to do is a heat map, but I think that’ll take a couple of hours the first time round, which I just don’t have at the moment…)

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...