17 December 2010

How to visualize a Formula 1 race

UPDATE: This image was promoted to the Hall of Fame on www.3delavnica.com

I am not a big fan of Formula 1, but I was curious how a race visualization would look like. So I went through these steps to find out:

1. Watch the recorded race
2. Write down lap positions and other events
3. Explore visual style
4. Turn data into graph
5. Add finishing touches

I wanted to make a visualization that everyone could understand who has ever seen a race. It had to be simple enough to understand, but still give enough accurate information to study the race (strategy, cause and effect). Although it may not look like much, but there are a few days of work in this image. Hope you will enjoy it. Your comments are welcome :)
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Here are some details (original size):