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Formula 1 grand prix du canada 2014 means expect the unexpected: continuous development is key for lotus f1 team

  • Posted on June 3, 2014

Groundhog
As Formula 1 drivers hit the track for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014, their toughest competition may be in the form of unexpected – and furry – interlopers. Groundhogs have been known to grace the Montreal track, posing a unique threat to drivers, who must act swiftly in order to avoid these four-legged Formula 1 fans. According to Wikipedia, in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix, city officials trap as many groundhogs as they can in and around the race course and transport the animals to nearby Ile Ste-Helene. In spite of these efforts, groundhogs have been known to get lost on their way to the grandstand and end up on the track.

This is an extreme – albeit weird – example of the unexpected circumstances that drivers might find themselves facing during a race. Just as drivers must learn to expect the unexpected on the track, the action behind the scenes must also be able to turn on a dime. Lotus F1 Team relies on speed and accuracy to be competitive both on and off the track. Groundhogs aside, the team must continually be ready to adapt and change its car for every race, while simultaneously building a new car for the next season. For the current race season, the team makes improvements every 20 minutes over the course of the championship to ensure competitiveness with other top teams, in essence creating brand-new solutions that address the unique needs of every single race – in as little as five days in some cases. While much of this is planned, there are also changes that happen in response to unpredictable events such as weather.

Teamwork and real-time collaboration are essential for this type of continuous development and “switched on” mentality. Avanade works with Lotus F1 Team to embed collaboration capabilities into an intuitive team site, in specialized applications and on devices they already use every day. Working together, Avanade and Lotus F1 Team use event-driven processes to trigger communications and collaboration between team members so they can run more computer simulations, test more concepts in the wind tunnel and analyse data from more races. By ensuring continuous, real-time collaboration among the team and its network of suppliers and partners, Avanade supports Lotus F1 Team’s continuous development.

No other sport or industry demands the same level of relentless development and agility that Formula 1 does, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014 is no exception. Here’s hoping for no furry interruptions this weekend! Follow me on Twitter at @kshrimpton for real-time updates and behind-the-scenes action on all things Lotus F1 Team!

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