F1′s a complex sport. In between the rules and regulations, the team in-fighting and the driver tantrums lies the most technologically advanced sport in the world. Watching the action on TV is all well and good, but if you’re on the move with no access to a live TV feed, or find Brundle and Coulthard’s commentary too lightweight for your finely-tuned, analytical mind, then there’s no substitute for Soft Pauer’s F1 2011 Timing App.
The F1 2011 Timing App has one immediate drawback. It costs £20. For those you used to spending a couple of quid here and there on apps, that’ll be a shock. However, if you’re an F1 fanatic, your £20 gives you access to results, stats and info from the entire season and allows you to use your Android device as a ‘second screen’ to check out stats during practice, qualifying and the race itself. If you’ve attended a grand prix and been lucky enough to have access to the Kangaroo handheld systems you can hire at the track, you’ll understand how useful that is.
During race weekend sessions you have access to live timings and can watch the cars circulate in real time via the on-screen circuit and car markers, it’s very similar to the on-screen systems that the Beeb and ITV have used over the years and allows you to see where everyone is on the track at all times. So watching in real-time is all well and good but if you’ve got Sky+ and you decide to nip off for a cuppa, you can also pause the app, Hit the play button again when you return and the app will be synced to your view of the race, so you needn’t worry about finding the result five laps before you finish watching the action. Individual sessions can also be downloaded after the event, so you can download them to accompany your TV viewing if you’re watching after the event.
The default top-down circuit viewing angle allows you to follow drivers wherever they are on the circuit but there’s also the option to view the action from individual corners, simply by pinching to zoom in on the action and rotating the circuit by sliding your finger across the screen,
The F1 2011 Timing App is packed with features and for £20 actually represents decent value for money. It’s no substitute for watching the action live on TV, but it does give you a unique take on F1 racing and gives you access to fact and figures TV coverage just doesn’t offer.
The Bottom Line
The ultimate app for F1 fans. Never miss a second of the action or the slightest detail. Expensive… But utterly brilliant.
Version reviewed 3.32
Requires Android 1.6 or higher