We're just about three weeks away from the start of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship, which begins in Australia on March 16, 2012. Casual fans of F1 might be content to watch practicing, qualifying and the race on TV but those who are intent on following the intricate details want much more information.
Thanks to the advanced electronics and telemetry incorporated in each race car it's now possible for fans to follow a race as it unfolds in much the same way the teams keep track of each other on the circuit.
Take a look at the screen shots from the only official for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, which will Be released shortly with a range of exciting new features in readiness for the 2012 season. It offers far more than just a timing screen, it provides access to the all the minutiae of a race weekend, from free practice on a Friday to the live race on a Sunday.
According to Soft Pauer, the British publisher of the app, it is still the only way to see all the cars visually represented on track at the same time, and works well to supplement TV coverage. New features in the 2012 app will also include the addition of tire information so users can see, both visually on the track map and via the Live Leaderboards, what tire type and compound each driver is on at any given time. DRS Zones have also been added to the app this year, with the zone marked on the track maps and an additional indication of whether a driver is benefitting from DRS while in that zone is included.
The publisher has not yet announced when the app will be available for fans in the US. In the meantime if you're reading this in the UK or have an UK iTunes account you can download the for £19.99, which works out at about $1.60 per race.