U.S. Formula 1 fans will watch races on a new television network for the 2013 season, with NBC replacing SPEED, and a new lead announcer, Leigh Diffey,
replacing Bob Varsha. And when it comes to enhanced viewing, there's no shortage of second-screen approaches you can use augment your standard TV-watching.
Formula 1 Live Timing and Scoring
The official Formula 1 website includes that lets you see lap times
and car positions as they change. No more waiting for Bob Matchett to call out, "Hamilton's gone purple in sector three!" Using your second screen, you can
see it when he does. Best of all, the website is free with registration.
You can also buy an app for your mobile device that serves up the same data in a beautiful fashion. The is available at the, ,
and . The bad news? It's appropriately
expensive for Formula One at $34.
Obviously, every team has an official website. Some are better than others. Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes offers that streams its cars' telemetry data and promises radio transmissions. It's a
responsive design using HTML5, so it adapts to best suit whatever device you're accessing it from.
Team Twitter Accounts
All of the teams have Twitter accounts, and most of them see prolific use throughout the race weekend and during the races themselves. Though Marussia
seems to take their Twitter account as seriously as they take racing. They haven't posted on theirs since 2011.
Anyway, fans can follow all the teams and watch the steady stream of tweets during the the races, hopefully clarifying issues like mechanical failures,
crashes, protests and the like.
F1 team Twitter feeds: | | | | | | | | | |
Facebook and YouTube Pages
For real-time info, stick to Twitter. Facebook is more casual—good for photos and the like over the race weekend, but probably not much during the race
Ditto any team YouTube pages you might subscribe to. Formula 1 broadcast rules prohibit live streaming, so don't look for alternate angles or in-car cameras
here in real time. The nature of the Internet means that any controversial incidents or crashes will get posted by fans within minutes of their happening, anyway,
so the search function is your best friend on YouTube.