Red Bull team up with Oura to monitor pit crew's health and fitness

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has announced Oura Health as its first ever Health Technology Partner as the Formula 1 outfit looks to boost the performance and wellbeing of its wider team.

The new partnership will provide the team with its first ever Official Health Wearable, the Oura Ring, and will see its entire race team - including the pit stop crew and key staff at the Red Bull Racing factory - wear the device, which provides a wide range of analytical data to enhance mental clarity and reaction times, while aiding recovery and overall wellbeing.

The Oura Ring provides personalised sleep and overall health insights and monitors a full range of metrics to deliver an accurate assessment of sleep, readiness and activity. 

“Oura Health are a perfect fit for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing,” said Team Principal Christian Horner.

“In the relentless pursuit of performance, Formula One tries to measure all that is measurable. Giving our people the ability to accurately track and analyse their health metrics feels like a natural evolution of what we do with the car. 

“This is an environment in which people put in a vast amount of effort across a demanding  season and yet need to deliver peak performance all year round. We have always prioritised the wellbeing of our staff and, this year more than ever, that requires very careful thought. We have a lot of races packed into an unusually intense schedule, with extra demands placed upon everybody because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing a straightforward ability to monitor our own health will undoubtedly generate greater personal insight and also improve performance.”

Leveraging more detailed sensor data than a standard wearable, the Oura Ring measures body temperature directly from the skin, while the readiness function tracks body temperature, respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability (HRV), and the Activity function measures energy use, inactivity, and steps - allowing the wearer to analyse daily performance against goals via a dashboard or dive into sub-categories to study day-to-day trends.