The Formula 1 season has gotten off to a resounding start, and since the shift to vastly different cars in 2017, the sport has never been more revitalized, even though there was initially some doubt.
In this guide, we’ll be looking at some of the most surprising, impressive, or simply intriguing Formula 1 facts, so bear with us as we go through our list.
It is More Than a Competition Between Drivers
Most people assume that Formula 1 consists of a single championship over the course of its 21 Grands Prix, but you may be surprised to learn that it is, in fact, two championships. The first of these, which is better-known is the Driver’s Championship, in which the driver who accumulated the most points wins.
However, the second trophy that is handed out at the end of the F1 season is for the Constructor’s Championship, which considers the points scored by the cars themselves. This is because every F1 car is designed by the team that is racing it, and the best design will be separate from the skill of the driver.
F1 Cars Don’t Refuel in a Race
Fuel is managed differently in F1 than in other racing competitions such as Nascar, where the fuel is refilled during a pit stop. Instead, in F1, only damaged wings and tires are replaced during a car’s pit stop, meaning that the fuel that a racecar starts off with is what it will have for the rest of the race.
A lot of the time, drivers will fill their cars with less fuel than is needed to accomplish the race so that the vehicle will be lighter. Over the course of the race, the driver will have to take measures to manage their fuel and ensure that they don’t run out by the end of it.
Race Strategy Plays a Huge Role
When it comes to winning F1 races, most people assume that it is similar to other motorsports, where the skill of the driver is in direct competition with that of others. In fact, the key to a successful race is largely in the strategy that is put together by the drive in conjunction with their team.
While F1 racing used to be more of a seat-of-your-pants experience where it was mostly up to the intuition of the drivers, the legendary Ayrton Senna changed the way that the sport is looked at. Now, drivers will spend hours poring over telemetry and other data so they can get the perfect lap.
Modern F1 Cars Are Vastly Different to Older Models
With the start of the 2017 season, F1 entered a new generation, and it was perhaps the greatest leap from one year to the next that we have ever seen in the sport. The cars grew massively, meaning that they now have wider tires and more area to produce downforce, improving their grip immensely.
In addition to the changes to the cars’ sizes, modern F1 puts more of a focus on electric drive technologies like KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems). Keep in mind that traction control is still banned from use in F1, though there are still some loopholes that teams try to take advantage of.
F1 Takes a Toll on Drivers’ Bodies
While being an F1 driver sounds like a dream come true for lovers of automobiles, you will find that it is one of the most stressful careers in the world. An average person trying to drive an F1 car would likely stall it because they weren’t going fast enough into the corners.
Over the course of a race, you will find that a typical F1 driver loses around 8 pounds of fluids due to the high temperatures and the extreme stress that they must endure. While this weight is regained afterwards, the sports does indeed take a physical toll on your body, even if you are sitting down.
We hope that our five F1 facts have proved informative and astonishing. Feel free to check out some of the other articles on our site if you want to learn more about cars, whether they compete in F1 or they are the peak of luxury.