Alongside the relaunch of the new Formula 1 website, that wasn’t the only thing that changed on the broadcasting side of things, with a brand new grahics set making its debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.
Thankfully, the slanted nature of the aspect, which has been a part of the coverage since 2010, appears to be disappearing, with a much more slicker set of graphics appearing in its place.
In my opinion, the graphics are significantly better than their predecessor. For a while, I have said that Dorna’s graphics set for MotoGP are better than the graphics that Formula One Management produce for F1, however the change in graphics may change my perceptions where that is concerned.
The new graphics look cleaner, slicker and more importantly, they take a minimalist approach. They do not dominate the screen and are easy on the eye, I think the transparency helps in that respect. There is always room for improvement. If you wanted to integrate social media further into the product, one possibility would be to move the session timer to the middle of screen, with the appropriate hashtag in the top left corner of the screen. Interestingly, back in 2004, when the World Feed moved away from the back and yellow graphics, the timer was initially in the top left corner before being moved to the middle, so Formula One Management (FOM) may again take that route.
Overall, as we head into qualifying and the race, FOM have made significant strides forward on both the World Feed and online. Let’s hope this continues as the weekend progresses.
Updated on Friday 13th March.
10 thoughts on “New F1 graphics set coming for 2015”
Not sure I’m keen on the odd darker first name then brighter white surname
The price has gone up nearly 300 % and its got huge bugs. Ive uninstalled it as i aint got mug wrote on my forehead.
I voted undecided as I’ll wait to see how the graphics appear in the race. However my main concern was the lack of driver numbers on the main graphics! I thought this was a big thing from the FIA to promote the drivers.
I’m not sure I like the minimalism either. I think it’s much easier for the graphics to catch your eye if they appear from nowhere on the screen. What I mean by this is that say when the driver is going around the lap, when the driver comes to a sector end then the sector time would appear in a new graphic rather than an existing graphic. Otherwise you just have a black box in the corner of the screen. At least, that’s what I remember happening last year!
still float randomly in the page rather than anchored to an edge
i wish they would indicate which tyre each driver is currently driving on and in free practice/ qualy which tyre they set their fastest time on. Maybe the drivers name could be yellow for soft and the current colour for the harder tyre?
In my opinion, the best graphics was 2008’s one and Australia 2014. Those were really readable and had all the information needed.
I miss the red colour for the leader of the race or session (entered in 2004, with Siemens).
I don’t know why, before 2014, it was so difficult to show the difference (gap) between the drivers and the leader in the “8 group list” and why, before 2015, it was so difficult to show the gap of the driver with green arrows (the one who overtakes) BEFORE than the one of red arrows (overtaken).
Looks like FOM have got rid of the engine supplier from the constructors’ names in the graphics. So it seems we won’t be seeing “Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer Supercaligrifragilisticexpialidocious” on screen any time soon.
Starting from Day 1 of the Second Test, in line with new livery, FOM swapped around the colour swatches of Force India and McLaren in the graphics, so Force India became newly represented by silver, and McLaren by orange. It’s a particularly late change for McLaren who got rid of the silver early in the 2015 season, and it’s strange that Force India doesn’t have one of its namesake country’s flag colours in the graphics.
Fast forward to yesterday, and it seems FOM’s decision with regards to Force India was premature, with them adopting a pink livery. Let’s hope they can get some of that pink into the graphics!