Cyber Protection for SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

In 2018, SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team has a technology partnership with Acronis, using Acronis cyber protection solutions – including backup, disaster recovery, software-defined infrastructure, file sync and share, and anti-ransomware defences – across the team’s factory, wind tunnel, and trackside IT.

How data drives Formula One

formula one car

Every Formula One car is equipped with hundreds of sensors that generate hundreds of gigabytes of data every race weekend. Vitally important data points are collected, processed, and analyzed in real time, helping teams make actionable decisions during the race. Each team transmits this same data back to the factory for use in designing and engineering future improvements.

  • Rear wing

    One of the most important aspects of a car is its aerodynamics and downforce. Sensors measure airflow over both the front wing and rear wing of the car.

  • Front wing

    Aero rakes are often the most noticeable sensors, as they resemble wire cages. Fitted behind the front tyres and attached to the monocoque, these rakes are fitted with a number of ‘Kiel probes’ which monitor airflow. They can also be fitted to measure airflow behind the diffuser or around the rear wing.

  • Airbox

    Sensors monitor airbox and engine temperatures to measure that they are staying within the parameters they should be.

  • Front monocoque

    There are an array of sensors here. Perhaps the most important is the pitot tube. Similar to those used on aircraft, a pitot tube is used in areas where teams wish to measure air speed. Sometimes it will be placed on the nose and other times above the airbox.

  • Tyres

    Since tyres are one of the most important aspects of a car’s performance and key to race strategy, sensors monitor tyre temperatures, cornering loads and rates of degradation.

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Acronis Mission Control Centre

Located at Silverstone, U.K, the control centre maintains real-time contact with the engineers on the pit wall, providing help and extra information during the races and between sessions. This data helps engineers and race strategists run simulations and feed information back to the driver.

control center

+50% annual growth of data

In the factory, designing and developing new race car technology creates a whole new stream of data. The amount of data that needs to be managed is constantly expanding – increasing approximately 50 percent each year.


400+ designers and engineers

In creating the best Formula One car possible, the team generates massive amounts of data. That information needs to be backed up and protected, whilst remaining easily accessible.

How Acronis protects SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Essential reliance on data and rapidly growing volumes of data require a cyber protection solution that can handle it all without adding stress to the available resources. For SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team, Acronis safeguards:

  • ServersServersDefends physical and virtual SQL servers and files
  • MailboxesMailboxesBacks up mailboxes
  • StorageStorageProtects data, which is expected to expand into several petabytes in the coming years.
Our partnership with Acronis addresses our data management measures and gives us the confidence that our information is managed in a safe and secure manner. It’s a mutually beneficial partnership because we will demonstrate the capabilities of Acronis’ data protection and storage solutions, while also giving Acronis insights into the needs of the motorsport industry
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and Team PrincipalSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team