Amazing Facts about Formula 1 You Didn’t Know
Formula 1 – it’s more than half a century of a tough and uncompromising struggle, it is 18-20 stages, held annually in different countries, it is the 12 participating teams in a season, which put at the start 24 cars, it is the show, the price of tickets of which can reach several thousand dollars, and it is up to half a billion viewers, which with different level of intensity are watching the World Championship.
Formula 1 competes successfully with football on such indicators as the TV audience.
A modern Formula 1 is not just a sport and a spectacle of the highest level, but also a huge business, the total cost of which is variously estimated from 1.3 to 2 billion dollars. On average team budget exceeds $ 120 million per year. On race weekend, each team brings about 100 tons of equipment and materials.
Having in a fixed position weight of just 450 kg at speeds under 200 kph the car become “heavier” to several tons due to refined aerodynamic cladding.
Did you know that a Formula 1 car uses the basic principle of the airplane other way around? If the wings of the plane make it rise into the air, then spoilers of a racing car, on the other hand, pressed to the ground the car, tending to take off.
Leaders of some of the most successful teams of the last two decades, Frank Williams from Williams and former boss of McLaren Ron Dennis started their careers as ordinary mechanics in the pits, and Jean Todt was the navigator of one of the drivers of the World Rally Championship Ove Andersson, who later led the Formula 1 team Toyota.
In order to watch the race more or less comfortable from the stands, you need to plug your ears with special plugs priced from $ 10 to just not lose your hearing forever.
What if, by the way, a clash with barriers at speeds under 200 kph, the pilot is able to get out of the car, and even can run easily? Five independent systems of safety belts, the system of neck and spine protection, rubber gaskets, as well as an incredibly durable design surrounding the cockpit helped him to avoid a lethal outcome.
The distance between the cars in the race does not calculate by the meters and centimeters, but the time accurate to milliseconds. For example, record of the minimum distance when crossing the finish line by two pilots belong to pilots from the team Ferrari.
In 2002, the Indianapolis track in the US, it was only 0.011 seconds. In 1995, the Australian Adelaide was established the opposite achievement, when Damon Hill won the race overtook finished second pilot in 2 laps.
The longest Grand Prix in history took place in 1954 at the Nurburgring in Germany, when Juan Manuel Fangio won, finished in 3 hours 45 minutes after the start. The most short Grand Prix was held in 1991 in Australia when the race was stopped due to the rain. Ayrton Senna won with the time of 24.5 minutes had overcome only 14 laps or 53 kilometers.
Physical activity faced by the pilots of the cars during the race, on average, far superior than the load of a fighter pilot during the flight, and can be compared only with the loads of astronaut of rocket launch! The pilot of the car up to 20 times per minute is subjected to lateral loads of 3-5g, the loss of his body weight is up to 4-5 kg per hour and a half, and to not lose consciousness at that time, he is forced to drink water that is brought to his mouth with a special system.
The only one posthumous world champion in the history of motorsport became the Austrian driver Jochen Rindt, who died tragically September 5, 1970 during a training session before the Grand Prix of Italy. Generally, the Formula 1 is quite bloody sport, over the years on the tracks and spectators died 37 pilots, 3 Marshals and 30 spectators.
The most unlucky driver in history was an Englishman Stirling Moss. In the 1950’s he became four times consecutive Vice-champion of the world. And once Moss almost voluntarily refused of the title, did not wish to give evidence against his chief rival, inadvertently violated the rules.