Oracle Customer Spotlight Series
Thursday, 17 March 2022 | Original broadcast
With 23 podium finishes and a driver at the top of the Formula 1 standings, Oracle Red Bull Racing concluded its most successful season in recent history. What helps power such victories? Data in the cloud.
By shifting its strategy simulation workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Red Bull Racing gained increased speed and flexibility required for decisions in the fast-paced, F1 world. Its partnership with Oracle gives the team confidence to use real-time analytics in race-day simulations, powering critical decisions such as when to make a pit stop. Data also helps Oracle Red Bull Racing energize fan connections. Oracle’s technologies enabled the team to launch The Oracle Red Bull Racing Paddock loyalty platform, creating personalized experiences for each fan.
Oracle has been a great partner not only because they have the cloud technologies to attack our various business challenges, but because they collaborate with us to find innovative approaches and solutions to keep us competitive.
Christian Horner, OBE
Team Principal and CEO, Oracle Red Bull Racing
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Watch the 30-minute conversation with Oracle Red Bull Racing leaders to learn how Oracle technologies help the company gain a competitive edge.
Christian Horner’s path to management began as a successful racing driver. At the age of 25, he founded the Arden International race team and quickly built the squad into a formidable winning machine. Following this success, Christian was asked by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz to run the Red Bull Racing Formula One (F1) team from its inception in 2005, making Christian the youngest F1 team principal. Since then, and now as one of F1’s longest standing team principals, Christian has led the team to five Drivers’ and four Constructors’ titles and boasts a multiple world-record–winning pit stop crew.
A member of the Oracle Red Bull Racing team for 13 years, Hannah Schmitz has played an integral role in the team’s multiple drivers’ and constructors’ world championships. As principal strategy engineer for the Oracle Red Bull Racing Formula One team, data analysis is of paramount importance as her findings help the team learn how to optimize in-race decisions and tackle different rival strategies during a race weekend.
Hannah’s role requires her to make quick, crucial decisions and communicate these to the team and drivers. This was evident in the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix where she was responsible for making the call for Max Verstappen to make a third pit stop from the lead, a decision which led to Max winning the race. She was rewarded by being asked to collect the constructors’ trophy on the podium on behalf of the team. Hannah acknowledges that working within the strategy team at Oracle Red Bull Racing means operating in a very high pressure environment, but it’s the pressure that the role rewarding and is the reason she loves her job.
Andrew Sutherland is senior vice president of systems and technology for Oracle in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He is responsible for growing Oracle’s market share across the region in these key business areas. In this role, he develops business strategies and manages competence in Oracle’s technology offerings across the region. He is also responsible for interactions with Oracle’s product development teams.
Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in emerging technologies and their application to business problems. His expertise is in the design of solutions incorporating mobile and internet technology. He joined Oracle in 1995. He holds a BSc, PhD, and MBA and is a Chartered Engineer.
Since joining Oracle in 1995, Dr Sutherland has focused on the provision of innovative business solutions using the newest technologies; in particular mobile and Internet solutions. He led the UK consulting practice dedicated to Internet Electronic Commerce and New Technologies for 1½ years. The practice engaged in projects which exploited the most advanced features of open Internet-based technologies to provide competitive advantage.
Immediately prior to joining Oracle, Dr. Sutherland established a high technology company which produced technological solutions to the problems of the sensorially impaired. The company received prestigious innovation awards from the Department of Trade and Industry
Before this he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research, an R&D consultancy attached to the University of Edinburgh. During his time there, Dr Sutherland helped win and subsequently oversee the development of projects in commerce, industry and the public sector.
In 1988, Dr Sutherland designed the UK’s first Parallel Processing speech recognition system. Based on parallel processors, it operated in real-time. Under his management, this technology was successfully applied to problems encountered in aviation, medical reporting and police reporting.
Dr Sutherland has over 15 technical publications on multimedia and business issues, including entries in a major Encyclopaedia. He obtained a 1st Class BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh University, a PhD in Digital Signal Processing and an MBA in workflow analysis & introduction of innovative procedures in healthcare.
Christian Horner discusses the team's new car #RB18, describes changes to regulations, and shares the critical role data and simulations play in planning and strategy even before the new car hits the track.
Christian Horner, team principal and CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing, describes the interdependency of winning races and winning over fans. He reveals how personalization is key to delighting Oracle Red Bull Racing Fans.
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Hannah Schmitz, principal strategy engineer of Oracle Red Bull Racing, shares her insights on the relationships between drivers and engineers. Hear how balancing teamwork and strategy contributes to success.
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Oracle Red Bull Racing Principal Strategy Engineer Hannah Schmitz shares how diversity strengthens the racing team.