Round 6 F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings: Verstappen Wins in Spain, Now leads Leclerc
23 May 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News
It looked like another battle was shaping up Sunday in Barcelona with Charles Leclerc on Pole and leading early with Max Verstappen P2 and chasing hard. Then on Lap 27 everything changed as Leclerc’s Ferrari lost power and he was forced to retire with a DNF in 20th place. Verstappen went on to win with teammate Sergio Perez finishing P2 and earning the Fastest Lap point. The win vaults Verstappen to the F1 Drivers Points lead and to the top of our F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings for Round 6.
How do the Go Full Throttle AI models work? (Repeated for context as we have new subscribers joining each week)
The Go Full Throttle AI Driver Rankings is a cloud based predictive analytics system that uses our proprietary algorithms utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to dynamically tune and improve accuracy over time. Based on our Pre-Season rankings and the results of F1 testing, Practice sessions 1, 2, and 3, qualifying and the race results, our algorithms go to work crunching the data and learning. The complex math also includes inputs such as top speed, lap times, and laps led.
How do predictive models work?
Can artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms really make accurate predictions? YES! In fact, our proprietary models accurately predicted 8 out of 10 F1 race wins in 2021, including Max Verstappen’s Driver Championship over Lewis Hamilton. Our NASCAR model was equally as accurate correctly predicting 7 of the drivers making the Round of 8 in the 2021 Cup Playoffs as well as predicting Kyle Larson winning the Cup Series Championship. These models will only get “smarter” in 2022 as more data and “learning” will improve accuracy.
Context is key!
“Artificial intelligence refers to the general ability of computers to emulate human thought and perform tasks in real-world environments, while machine learning refers to the technologies and algorithms that enable systems to identify patterns, make decisions, and improve themselves through experience and data” according to Columbia University’s School of Engineering. But Microsoft’s definition breaks this complexity down even more: “AI and machine learning enable companies to discover valuable insights in a wider range of structured and unstructured data sources. For better, faster decision-making, data scientists use machine learning to improve data integrity and use AI to reduce human error — a combination that leads to better decisions based on better data.” For us motorsports fans, we might use the analogy that artificial intelligence (AI) is the car and machine learning (ML) is the engine — you need both to win.
Dynamic tuning to improve accuracy
When we say “dynamic” we are referring to “near real time” data continually feeding the models. Besides the obvious final race results, as an example, our system will “watch” a number of data feeds looking for trusted information, such as the F1 live leaderboard with lap times during practice or qualifying results, laps led on race day, and final results.