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James Key, Toro Rosso Technical Chief (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

James Key, Toro Rosso Technical Chief (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

Aggressive looks, fat tyres and more speed — the new season is going to be amazing! The revolutionary changes in the 2017 Formula One Technical Regulations are about to unleash the bull under the bonnet of the new STR12 and Toro Rosso fans can’t wait to see it on the track.

For years FIA has been adding performance restrictions to reduce speed and increase driver safety. Next year, some of these restrictions will be rolled back, giving cars a noticeable performance boost, enhanced speed and beautiful new contours.

Datacenter in a Suitcase: A Day in the Life of a Racetrack IT Engineer

Imagine having to take your datacenter with you everywhere you go. Daniel Martland does: it’s his job. Being a Trackside IT Engineer for Formula One racing team Scuderia Toro Rosso takes him to over 20 different countries every year. It’s a challenging job, he says, but at the end of each race, there is a great sense of fulfillment, another weekend well done.

We met on the sidelines of Sepang International Circuit during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. Sitting outside of Toro Rosso’s garage, in extreme heat and stifling humidity, Daniel shared with me what it takes to maintain the network for the most data intensive and technologically advanced sport on earth.

Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso looks on as the race engineers prepare his STR11 for a practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 16, 2016

Carlos Sainz of Scuderia Toro Rosso looks on as the race engineers prepare his STR11 for a practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 16, 2016. (Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool)

I’ve been following F1 for more than 20 years. It started when I was in college back in the Nineties. Watching all-time great racers like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher reach the stars of the F1 firmament made me admire their dedication and skill as well as the technology behind their cars. Being a geek myself, I began to dig deeper into the sport, trying to uncover what makes one team better than another on the track.

As the F1 cars assume their grid positions at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, millions of fans around the world will be glued to their TVs, anticipating the start.

And behind the roar of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, a group of race engineers will also be glued to their screens. But all they’ll see is crucial information conveyed via graphs, charts and numbers, generated by massive amounts of data transmitted from their teams’ racing cars.

Carlos Sainz Jr. driving the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 during practice at the Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo on September 2, 2016. (Getty Images / Red Bull content Pool)