If you’re a true fan of Formula One racing we suspect that you may know a few of these fun F1 racing facts, but we can almost guarantee that you won’t know all of them! Prepare to be impressed.
The Lifespan of an F1 Engine
While a regular passenger car’s engine will last approximately 10 years, an F1 car engine lasts only 7 races on average.
Driving Upside Down in an F1 Car
This may sound unbelieve at first, but we assure you it’s true. Thanks to the aerodynamics of F1 cars, technically they are able to drive upside, at very high speeds, for up to 2 seconds. Don’t try this at home, kids!
The Meaning of “Formula One”
Named during the inaugural season in 1950, the name Formula One was created to describe the ‘perfect formula’ for first class racing. Bonus fact, the first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship was awarded to Giuseppe Farina.
F1 Racing Regulations
Due to the nature of the sport, there are over 500 rules and regulations which Formula One racing teams have to abide by. What makes it an even more highly regulated sport is that they also have to abide by the international sporting codes.
The Price of an F1 Car
There is nothing cheap about Formula One racing! On average, it costs up to $2 million to build a Formula One car. Furthermore, considering that each engine only lasts approximately 7 races, there are yearly maintenance costs which can extend to more than $350 million.
The Temperature of an F1 Car’s Cockpit
No matter the actual temperature on race day, the temperature in a Formula One car’s cockpit can reach up to 50°C. Now imagine sitting in a 50°C tin can, going at high speed, for 90 minutes on average!
What Do F1 Racers Wear?
Due to the extreme heat and safety concerns, Formula One racers wear two suits while racing which include fireproof underwear and overalls, a balaclava, a material helmet to cover their faces, and fire-retardant gloves and boots.
Weight Loss While Racing
Owing to the 50°C heat in the cockpit, Formula One racers lose a lot of water while racing and they can lose up to 2kg of body weight in a single race.
What is an F1 Car’s Top Speed?
If you’ve ever gone over 120km per hour on the highway and felt like you were flying, can you imagine what it must be like to go 360km per hour? Well this is the speed a Formula One car can reach at top speed.
Who Has Won the Most F1 World Drivers’ Championships?
Awarded by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship is granted to the most successful racing driver over a season. To date, Michael Schumacher has won the most World Drivers’ Championships with 7 titles to his name.