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Sky Sports creates ultimate F1 track

February 26, 2024

To mark the start of the 2024 Formula 1 season, Sky Sports polled over 4,000 fans on their favourite straights, turns and landmarks from iconic racing locations around the globe to create the ultimate F1 track.

Ahead of the season opener in Bahrain on March 2nd exclusively live on Sky Sports and streaming service NOW, AI technology has brought the track to life which features sections associated with some of the most memorable moments in F1 history, from the Swimming Pool chicane and Grand Hotel hairpin turn in Monaco,  to the Senna ‘S’ at Interlagos in Brazil.

With Lewis Hamilton set to depart Mercedes for Ferrari after this season, fans selected the joint-record holding seven-time World Champion, as the ultimate driver in his 2015-2020 Mercedes, a car that won five consecutive titles, to navigate the challenging circuit.

Racing fans also voted on the famous landmarks they would like to feature around The Greatest Track, with the Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (48 per cent) and the Suzuka ferris wheel in Japan (48 per cent) topping the poll.

Sky Sports’ track gives fans the opportunity to experience the spectacle of Formula 1 in a unique way, with the circuit winding its way through the narrow castle section in Baku (Azerbaijan), as Mount Fuji and torii (Japan) are pictured towering in the distance.

Designed using the most popular fan selections, the track comprises of 10 different circuits that encapsulate the global nature of the sport, with the legendary Eau Rouge of Spa, in Belgium and the uphill climb of Circuit of the Americas’ first straight forming part of the track.

As Lewis Hamilton will no doubt soon experience, the Tifosi bring the passion, so it comes as no surprise Italian fans (39 per cent) were in pole position when people were asked about which nation would bring the most noise and colour to The Greatest Track, with Brits (28 per cent) coming second and the Dutch (11 per cent) ranking high in third.

F1 World Champion and current Sky Sports analyst, Jenson Button, commented: “The best things about Formula 1 are the passionate fans, the variety of circuits across the globe and the demands each one brings, so for Sky Sports to have used AI to design the ultimate track really does get the imagination racing. I would have loved the opportunity to compete on this track as it combines many of the things that make F1 the most unique sport in the world – the glamour of Monaco, the speed of Monza and not forgetting the unpredictable weather of Spa.”

The 6km track combines real-world imagery and, with the help of AI creative platform Midjourney, more fantastical and computer enhanced elements. As well as the hyper realistic images, Sky Sports has created a drive-through video, with the footage following a Formula 1 car navigating the track alongside the voice of F1 in David Croft.

The Greatest Track is set to get engines revving ahead of the new season, with the full track comprising the following elements:

  • Straight into turn 1 – Circuit of the Americas, United States
  • Parabolica – Monza, Italy
  • Acque Minerali – Imola, Italy
  • Swimming Pool – Monaco
  • Grand Hotel Hairpin – Monaco
  • Eau Rouge into Raidillon – Spa, Belgium
  • Kemmel Straight – Spa, Belgium
  • Castle Section – Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan
  • Maggots, Becketts, Chapel Curve – Silverstone, United Kingdom
  • Esses – Suzuka, Japan
  • Brabham, Jones – Melbourne, Australia
  • The Senna ‘S’ – Interlagos, Brazil
  • T14 to finish line – Interlagos, Brazil

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