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The peloton of Formula 1 does not consist of car at number 13: After the 12th immediately goes 14th. As in Europe the number of unfortunate includes most of the odd numbers (for example, for the Italians unfortunate number 17 is considered) then until 1970 in some Grand Prix (in 1970 – only for the Italian Grand Prix), participants received only even numbers. Totally in the world championship only five persons used number 13:

  • Divina Galica at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, 1976;
  • Moisés Solana at the Mexican Grand Prix 1963;
  • Clive Trandel on out-scoring Grand Prix of South Africa in the 60s;
  • Carel Godin de Beaufort, in practice before the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in 1962;
  • Moritz von Straсhvitz in practice before the German Grand Prix in 1953.

Since 1973, it is assumed that the world champion of the previous season should receive the number 1, regardless of whether was he in his team, or moved to another (a number 2 – his team-mate, regardless of occupied his own place in the World Championship last year).

Due to this rule in the 90s there was a funny situation: in the 1992 season Nigel Mansell became the champion, who spoke for the team Williams. After this victory, Mansell decided to leave Formula 1 and go to the American series IndyCar. And since the number 2 was for the team Williams, a young test driver Damon Hill, who was supposed to replace the world champion, got the number 0. The situation was repeated in the next year, when the World Champion was the Frenchman Alain Prost, who spoke in the same Williams (under No. 2). Hill had to spend the whole next season with the number 0.

At the same time, it should be noted that in 1973 Jackie Stewart was also retired from the championship as the reigning champion. But the 1974 season did not have the numbers 0 and Ronnie Peterson from the team Lotus played for the number 1, who actually inherited a number from 1972 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who moved into McLaren.

Number 0 can be considered as the smallest number of the participant of the world championship. And the biggest number was at Lella Lombardi in the British Grand Prix in 1974. The Italian came to the start with an extravagant number 208, which served as advertising a local radio station operated at a frequency of 208 kHz.

Another facts

Ayrton Senna set the best lap at the European Grand Prix 1993 season at Donington Park, having passed it through the pitlane, the path that was shorter than on the highway. Then Formula 1 had not yet been introduced the speed limit in the pit lane. This was done unconsciously (Senna was going to enter the pit stop to change the rain tires to slicks, but turning on the pitlane, he noticed that it started to rain again, and decided to continue the race on rain tires by driving past the pits without stopping).

In the same race difficult weather conditions forced the Williams team to make several wrong decisions about replacing their tires for the racers. Totally team mechanics had to change tires 13 times, six times on the pitstop for Damon Hill and seven – for Alain Prost. Their rivals from McLaren team had to work two and a half times less: five pit stops to Ayrton Senna and none for Michael Andretti, as he went down on the first lap.

F1 teams are also called stables in analogy with Horse racing, so popular in the UK, wherein was born Formula 1 and because of the fact that the first pits for the F1 cars were old stables. From the race also came terms steward (Formula 1 from 2006 – the man who is always present at all stages of the World Cup and make decisions on the contentious issues) and pole position.

The Formula 1 World Championship five female pilots performed in its history. This is Maria Teresa de Phillips, Lella Lombardi, Galica Divina, Desiree Wilson, Giovanna Amati. Among them only one – Lella Lombardi – managed to score points: in the Spanish Grand Prix in 1975, she received 0.5 points for 6th place at the finish line as the race was stopped before the passage of 75% of the distance.

An overload in the Formula 1 is one of the highest. In some corners pilots experienced to 4-5G. Not all people are able to withstand even with direct overload 4G, without mentioning the side, which is much more difficult to sustain.

The only Grand Prix, which takes holding not a three-day but four – it’s Monaco Grand Prix. Free practice there are traditionally held on Thursday instead of Friday (which remains free and is used for numerous teams of parties and excursions for celebrities).

In addition to the official titles of world champion and holder of the Cup of designers in the Formula 1, there are unofficial prizes: the so-called Bernie’s (in honor of Bernie Ecclestone, similarly to winning an Academy Award Oscar). The award is presented annually in the following categories: “Best trail”, “Best driver” “Best Newcomer” and the “Choice of racers,” racer winner is determined by voting among itself drivers of the championship (vote both main and test-pilots).

  • In the championship of 1984 between first and second place it was recorded the minimum gap – 0.5 points.
  • 28 tons – this is the baggage weight of Formula 1 team. It consists of a minimum of 3 chassis, engines, spare parts, tools, equipment boxes, etc. In general, the team packs around 10,000 titles, including about 1,500 paper napkins with the logo of the team.
  • 3 100 times drivers shift gears during the Monaco Grand Prix. Any other Grand Prix manages for pilots less severely – it requires “only” 2600 switches.
  • 129 hours are required for assembly of the engine, which consists of 5000 individual parts.
  • 250,000 hours are – the quarter of a million man-hours spent on the production of a Formula 1 car – from the beginning design to manufacture. 4500 drawings 200 000 individual parts of the year – the price of participation in the championship of Formula 1.
  • 16 thousand kilometers – is the total length of fiberglass strands of the highest grade T800, which go to the production of just one hat. Approximately 12,000 strands of thickness is in 15 times smaller than a human hair – a pledge of safety the pilot.
  • 1,200 liters of fuel are burned by the cars of one team per race weekend, in addition to this figure in the expense are deducted about 70 liters of engine oil and up to 30 liters of transmission oil. The engine of 750 hp does not suffer from “anorexia” – fuel consumption is about 70 liters per 100 km, or 0,078 liters for each unit of power. Great comparison – standard compact class car will consume 0,093 liters per unit of power – 19% more than a Formula 1 car.
  • 2 kg – driver loses so much during each Grand Prix, burning 600 calories. The heart of the pilot beats with the rhythm of 190 beats per minute.
  • 100 sets of headphones for perfect radio team used during the Grand Prix. Also baggage of the team includes 16 large computers and 26 laptops.
  • 180 kph – this speed is sufficient for car, to share downforce with its weight, and then, theoretically, the car can drive on the ceiling!
  • 950 degrees – such temperature can be measured in the exhaust pipe during the work of the engine, the brake discs during deceleration are heated over 1000 degrees. Tires are much colder – up to 130 degrees, but at temperatures higher than this the risk of blistering of tires increases.
  • $ 500 – ready to create a Formula 1 team and fight for the first place? Then do not forget about the cost of each kilometer of Formula 1 car – $500, as well as the fact that the championship distance – 5,000 km.
  • 500 meters of communications and 300 meters of power cables are laid in the garage of the Formula 1 team for the race.
  • 70 persons – this part of the team involved in the Grand Prix during the weekend. During the tests, you can count up to 60 people in the state.
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