In the days preceding Formula 1 races, the drivers can drink up to 8 litres of water in countries where the climatic conditions are very hot.
The F1 cockpits have a bottle of drinking water installed for the drivers in case they feel thirsty during the race. Many a times, the water in the bottle also has mineral salts to energize the drivers. The drivers can drink water from it via a pipe to avoid dehydration.
All F1 drivers are assigned numbers depending on the performance in the previous season. The previous season’s champion is given number 1, and his team-mate automatically gets number 2.
F1 drivers are exposed to high temperature for approximately over an hour during each race. This results in a F1 driver losing about 4kgs of weight just after one race.
Studies have underlined the fact that a certain level of fluids is necessary in the body for efficient functioning. A person who has lost 4% of body weight can loose up to 40% of their psycho-physical ability temporarily. The drivers have to remove the steering wheel to get inside the car. A latch behind the steering wheel releases it from the column.
Number 13 is not assigned to any F1 driver as it is considered inauspicious. Most F1 drivers start their career in karting. They initially ride traditional European single seated series cars like Formula Ford, Formula Renault, Formula 3, and finally GP2. Before GP2, Formula Two and then Formula 3000 served the role of feeder series for F1.
Interesting F1 facts: The first ever race of Formula 1 was held in Silverstone tracks in the UK on 13th May 1950 under the ‘FIA Formula-One’ World Championship.
The F1 car designed with around 80000 components needs to be 100 % accurate in designing to be able to make it to the race track. A car even with minute default is not allowed on the track to avoid any risk to the life of the driver. Over a kilometre of electric cable is used to connect about 100 sensors and actuators in the F1 cars. These linked sensors and actuators are required to monitor and control the cars that are racing.
The speed of F1 cars is even more then the take of speed of a small aircraft. This is mainly because of the improved aerodynamic structure of these cars that generate incredible high down force.
When the tyre tread temperature of a car reaches about 900C to 1200C, it delivers peak performance The re-fuelers used in F1 cars have a capacity of supplying 12 litres of fuel per second which makes these cars take just 4 seconds to fill an oil tank of about 50 litres.
Tyres of these high-end racing cars have a shorter life cycle as they lose about 0.5 kg weight during one race. A Formula 1 car weighs around 550 kg.
The space in these F1 cars is so limited that the driver needs to remove the steering wheel to get out in and out of these cars.
Automatic gearbox is not used in the F1 cars. However, these days semi-automatic gearbox has become common that helps improve steering grip and ease of driving.
The brakes of Formula 1 cars are comprised of carbon fibres to bear the temperature as high as 1000 degrees. The engines of Formula 1 cars are composed of 5000 components and generate 750 bhp. It lasts only one race. The front and rear wing of these racing cars generate good amount of downforce. These can even generate a downforce equal to that of the car’s weight when it reaches the speed of around 160km/h.
Brakes of F1 cars take about 55 metres and 1.9 seconds to bring the car to a standstill even on applying full pressure. F1 cars are powered with advanced engine technologies that give them the power to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h and back to 0 km/h in just seven seconds.
The fastest F1 circuit is Monza and it boasts of highest speed record of 375 km/h.
Michael Schumacher holds the record of seven consecutive victories in the World Championship of Formula 1.
The youngest ever Formula 1 starter is Mike Thackwell of New Zealand. He was only 19 at the time of his first race.
Brazil’s Emerson Fittipaldi is the youngest Formula 1 driver. He is 25 years old.
Last updated on 10/25/2011