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App Friday: Best Formula One apps

This weekend the British Grand Prix is taking place at Silverstone. Whether you’re lucky enough to be there as Button, Hamilton and Vettel tear around the track, or like the majority of us, you’ll be watching at home, these F1 apps are worth checking out.


Best companion app

Sky Sports for iPad

Free or £4.99 a month

The app formally known as Sky Sports News is our first choice for watching F1 on the move. Sky Sports for iPad includes the Sky Sports F1 companion app, a fantastically designed app packed with news and team information, and live race streams for Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports or Sky HD customers. A recent update added split-screen capability, enabling users to select two feeds including the drivers camera.

Sky Sports for iPad is free for customers of the above channels, but if you’re not a Sky customer be warned, the  £4.99 monthly cost is for Sky Sports News, not the F1 live feeds.

Check out the video below to find out more. 

Best for die-hard F1 fans

F1 2012 Timing App CP

£19.99,  iOS/Android

With 130 hours of footage the official F1 Timing and Track Positioning App 2012 is for the avid F1 fan only. As the race progresses watch the drivers race in real time around each course (below), panning and zooming around the 3D track, checking the latest information on track conditions and tyres.

F1 2012 Timing App CP is great for watching the race live, enhancing TV coverage or simply catching up on games you’ve missed using download race packs.
Developed by Soft Pauer, at £20 it is expensive for single season, but you get information on every single race in the season, which is a small price for hardcore F1 fans. A free version of the app is available, but only contains news.

F1 2012 Timing App

Best for News

F1 News 2012/F1 News HD

Free/£1.49, iOS

F1 News is simple, but exhaustive source of the latest twists, turns and crashes of the F1 season, collating news feeds from a range of sources including: Sky News, Formula1.com, PlanetF1, BBC Sport and Sky Sports.  You can also view the drivers championship table and weather information at each location.

Upgrade to F1 News HD for £1.49 (via an in-app purchase) to access information on drivers, tracks and teams and customise the news feed. A lot of this information is available elsewhere for free, but it’s a fair price to access all the information in the same place.

F1 news app

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