Competitors in the most famous racing series aim to complete laps faster than their adversaries, with reliability being extremely important. Whether measuring displacement, pressure, temperature, torque or a force, over the years sensors have become a vital part of a Formula 1 car.
Historically the measurements have been used for onboard control in real time for system optimisation, as well as to provide information for race strategy decisions. During the last decade a significant percentage of transducers are used to help understand the car behaviour and guide future development decisions.
Various technologies are used to satisfy the needs to each individual application, whether this is accuracy, speed, ease of installation, robustness to harsh environmental conditions, cost, or all of the above.
Stefano Lovera, started the collaboration with Ferrari F1 in 1992.
He took experience on developing electronic systems that operate in harsh environments.
Actually he is managing the Electronic Department being responsible for R&D, Production and Operation (bench and track) of all the Electronic component low voltage.
Christos Karpis graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2015. From 2015 onwards he has been a part of the Scuderia Ferrari team, working in the electronics research and development group focusing on sensor systems.