"Welcome to the birthplace of MIRCE Science - a systematic study of laws, rules & methods that enable predictions of expected performance of functionable systems to be made." Dr Jezdimir Knezevic, Founder and President

      Formula 1 Reliability & Effectiveness (F1RE) Centre

 

Opened on 6th December 2000, by Nigel Mansell; Grand Fellow of the MIRCE Akademy, to facilitate MIRCE Science based approach to F1 Grand Prix Racing process with the following objectives:

1: To understand the mechanisms of F1 Functionability Performance (Reliability & Effectiveness)

To achieve this objective the Centre continuously collects and analyses, available after-race functionability data, by applying MIRCE Science methods, developed at the MIRCE Akademy, to understand the physical mechanisms that shape the functionability performance of:
 
•    Driver                          •    Rolling-Chases
•    Engine                         •    Tyre
•    Circuit                         •    Regulations
•    Environment               •    Team
 
as well as their joint impact on the “package” functionability.

2: To Predict F1 Functionability Performance

To achieve this objective the Centre applies MIRCE Science probabilistic methods, developed at the MIRCE Akademy, to derive mathematical models for the prediction of the F1 functionability performance under given design, tactical and environmental conditions, at design stages when changes are possible at no extra cost and time.  This is equally powerful and needed as CFD models and calculations, which have fundamentally, change the F1 design process, but still ignored functionability events (failure and repair processes, natural environment on the day and the driver and team impacts).

3: To annually recognise the most Functionable F1 Team and Driver

To achieve this objective the Centre has developed a special method for calculating the Teams and Drivers F1 Champions for each season, based on the publicly available FIA information. Thus, the Centre produces annually the F1-RE Table as a basis for the Award of the F1 Driver Functionability Champion and the F1 Team Functionability Champion.  

Results for the F1 Functionability Champions from the year 2000 are provided below.

Formula 1 Functionability

Formula 1 Functionability analysis is on going research performed  at the Akademy that facilitates the scientific understanding of physical mechanisms and human actions that generated occurrences of functionability events through the Grand Prix Racing Process. As results of these analyses the MIRCE Akademy annually recognises the Team and the Driver who were the most successful, from functionability point of view, by presenting two F1 Functionability Awards entitled:

  • The F1 Driver Functionability Champion
  • The F1 Team Functionability Champion

The Awards are based on the corresponding F1 Functionability Tables, which are produced by the Akademy, based on the official FIA organised Formula 1 World Championship data. (see www.formula1.com)

F1 Functionability Award for Drivers

MIRCE Science defines the F1 Driver’s Functionability: “The ability of the Driver to successfully complete all F1 Grand Prix races in the FIA organised Formula One World Championship season.”

The MIRCE Akademy Regulations: A Driver will be awarded one point for every race finished, or a portion of it. For every unfinished race, caused by the Team’s error, the driver will be awarded the proportion of the point corresponding to the portion of the race completed. For every unfinished race, caused by the Driver's error,  no portion of a point will be awarded. All races count. The Drivers’ title of the F1 Driver Functionability Champion will be awarded to the Driver(s) who is placed at the top of the F1 Functionability Table for Drivers, produced by the MIRCE Akademy, compiled at the end of the each season.

F1 Driver Functionability Champions

F1 Season                 Driver Functionability
2019            Louis Hamilston         1.000
2018            Louis Hamilston         0.994
2017            Louis Hamilton         0.991
2016            Daniel  Ricciardo         0.999
2015            Sergio Perez              0.978
2014            Jenson Button         0.988
2013            Jenson Button         0.996
2012            Kimi Raikkonen         0.999
2011            Jenson Button         0.965
2010            Felipe Massa         0.946
2009           Rubens Barrichello              0.988
2008           Nick Heidfeld         0.996
2007           Nick Heidfeld         0.966
2006           Fernando Alonso           0.923
2005          Tiego Monteiro         0.944
2004          Rubens Barrichello         0.944
2003          Michael Schumacher         0.935
2002          Michael Schumacher         1.000
2001          Jean Alesi          0.941
2000          Mika hakkinen         0.9208

 

F1 Functionability Award for Teams

MIRCE Science defines the F1 Team’s Functionability as: “The ability of the Team to successfully complete all F1Grand Prix races in the FIA organised Formula One World Championship season.” 

The MIRCE Akademy Regulations: A Team will be awarded one point for every race finished by each driver, or a portion of it. For every unfinished race, caused by the Drivers’ error, the team will be awarded the proportion of the point corresponding to the portion of the race completed. For every unfinished race, caused by the Team’s error, no portion of a point will be awarded. All races for both drivers count. The Teams’ title of the F1 Team Functionability Champion will be awarded to the Team(s) that is placed at the top of the F1 Functionability Table for Teams, produced by the MIRCE Akademy, at the end of the each season.

 F1 Team Functionability Champions

F1 Season Team Functionability
2019                  Mercedes         0.,990
2018                  Mercedes         0.994
2017                  Mercedes         0.934
2016                  Mrecedes         0.928
2015                  Mercedes         0.921
2014                  Scuderia Ferrari         0.918
2013                 McLaren-Mercedes         0.942
2012                 Scuderia Ferrari         0.941
2011       Red Bull Racing - Renault          0.949
2010                Scuderia Ferrari         0.968
2009                Brawn-Mercedes         0.941
2008                BMW Sauber         0.983
2007                McLaren Mercedes         0.974
2006                Scuderia Ferrari        0.876
2005                Panasonic TOYOTA        0.813
2004               Scuderia Ferrari        0.997
2003               BMW Williams F1        0.863
2002               Scuderia Ferrari        0.853
2001               Marlboro Ferrari        0.832
2000               Mclaren-Mercedes        0.8125

  

  Morris - Williams
N. Mansell, Mr Morris (BMW WilliamsF1), Dr. Knezevic

  P Brown - Ferrari
N. Mansell,  Dr. Knezevic &  P. Brown (Ferrari) 

  Toyata Relaibility Presentation
Panasonic Toyota presentation for Functionability - N. Mansell and Dr Knezevic, 2005

 Presentation to Annuck
Ms Annuck receiving the Drivers Functionability Award for 2005 on behalf of Tiego Monteiro

F1 Reliability Award 2008
Dr Knezevic presenting the F1 Team Functionability Award for 2008 to Dr Mario Theissen,
BMW Team Principal, and Nick Heidfeld, the F1 Driver Functionability Award, for 2008 at the BMW Sauber Centre,
in Hinwil , Switzerland.