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Technology central to Formula 1 racing but don't tell AT&T Williams' Rubens Barrichello that he drives a computer on wheels
AT&T Williams' 2011 car at testing in Barcelona, Spain.
AT&T Williams' Rubens Barrichello.
Ruben's Venezuelan-born AT&T Williams team-mate, Pastor Maldonado.
The 2011 prototype car has as many as 200 sensors sending back data on everything from oil pressure to tyre performance to gear changes to aerodynamics.
The race season car has as many as 150 sensors and creates as much as 27GB worth of data during a racing long weekend.
Sine 1993 Rubens' steering wheel has gone from one button -- to control the radio -- to 26 buttons and is now more akin to PC keyboard.
Rubens says high-end driving simulators have come a long way but are no substitute for real experience.
All Formula 1 cars must use an encrypted radio signal provided by the the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA, to transmit all data and voice communications.