Formula 1 is one of the most popular racing competitions in the world. It is not only about speed and skills, but also about strategy and precision. The world’s most successful racing event is the pinnacle of motorsport and it is also one of the most technologically advanced forms of racing.
So here are some incredible facts about Formula 1:
- Formula 1 is a motorsport competition that sees different cars racing against each other on a closed circuit. The race is divided into three parts: practice sessions, qualifying sessions, and the race itself.
- The first Formula 1 championship was held in 1950 at Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain with an attendance of around 100,000 people.
- In 2012, Lewis Hamilton became the first black driver to win the world championship
Sebastian Vettel remains as youngest ever champion with his victory at age 23 years and 148 days old
Formula 1 cars are now equipped with a variety of sensors to measure performance and internal systems. The data from these sensors is transmitted to the team’s headquarters where it is analyzed by experts, who provide feedback to the driver as well as engineers who may use it for future car design.
In total there have been 68 drivers who have won at least one race
The first ever driver to win was Giuseppe Farina
It has been estimated that Formula 1 generates around 2 billion dollars per year. This sport has an incredible following in America and Asia, but also in Europe and Australia.
The first ever female driver to enter a Formula 1 race was Lella Lombardi
Formula 1 has become an international sport with a global audience of over 500 million people.
- Formula 1 racing helmets are among the most indestructible items in the world. The helmet is designed in such a way that it has to survive 45 seconds at a temperature of 800 ° C.
Formula 1 is one of the most expensive sports in the world. The cost of running a team can be as much as $400 million per year.
- Formula 1 racers are exposed to forces of up to 5 G when braking and cornering, which increases sharply in the event of a collision. David Purley was exposed to an incredible 197.8 G in a 1977 collision at the British Grand Prix. Nevertheless, he survived and even continued racing.
- A Formula 1 racer loses up to four kilograms during the race itself. For a person who loses 4% of their body weight, their psychophysical abilities can be reduced by up to 40%.
- Carbon fiber brake discs can reach temperatures up to 1200 ° C, which is comparable to lava temperature.