The Need for Speed: Interesting Facts about Formula1

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From time to time, we all like to show ourselves, by doing 120 to 160km/h on Third Mainland Bridge and on some of the newly constructed roads provided by Hi-tech. This weekend, I tried racing a young lady on Third Mainland Bridge with my Honda Civic and you won’t believe it….I did not see the brake light of her Volkswagen Passat. I am pretty convinced that girl is a professional race driver.

I consoled myself that day by playing Formula1 on my PS3 all night.

Formula1 (F1) is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The “formula” in the name refers to a set of rules with which all participants’ cars must comply.

The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grand Prix (“big prize” when translated into English), held on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors (owners of the teams).

Facts about Formula1:

  • There are twelve teams with a total of 24 drivers (two drivers per team).
  • A Formula1 Grand Prix event spans a weekend, with two free practice sessions on Friday (apart from Monaco Grand Prix), one free practice on Saturday and final race on Sunday.
  • Michael Schumacher holds the record for having won the most Drivers’ Championships (7).
  • Lewis Hamilton is the youngest driver to win a Formula1 Championship.
  • Approximate 80,000 components come together to make an F1 car. The cars have to be assembled with cent per cent accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, the car could develop faults during the race.
  • The average life span of an F1 car engine is 2 hours as compared to the life span of an engine that can last for 20 years.
  • When an F1 driver applies the brakes of his car he experiences huge deceleration. It could be compared to a regular car driving through a brick wall at the speed of 300kmph.
  • An F1 car can accelerate from 0 to 160 km/h and decelerate back to 0 in just four seconds.
  • An F1 car weighs around 550 kg. That’s about half the weight of a mini cooper.
  • F1 Racing tyres can last 90 to 120km unlike regular car tyres that last 60000 to 100000km.
  • Pit stop crews take only 3 seconds to refuel and change tyres.
  • An average F1 driver looses about 4kg of weight after just one race due to prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperature.
  • Small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on track.

Please,  Holla at me on twitter (twitter.com/damidupri) if you know any Nigerian on any of the race circuits worldwide. We need to celebrate them.

Dami Dupri

Dami Dupri

I eat, sleep and drink sports. You can catch me dissecting all kinds of sports at a sports bar or pub near you. Did I mention I am a part owner of Manchester United F.C.(I wish !!!)

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