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A Guide to Formula 1 Races

By, 2016-12-06

 

"I've seen some of the Formula 1 Races when I was flicking through the TV, but I was not interested to watch because I could not understand much about it” Is this you??

 

If the answer is yes, you're missing a lot of fun and excitement. The Formula 1 race has a lot of fun and excitement to watch, in addition, the amazing sounds that come from the most powerful car engines in the world is a music symphony.

 

Here we will take you to the world of Formula 1 and present to you a quick guide that explains the important parts of this amazing sports.

 

 

The Car

 

Cars must conform with strict laws to participate in the Grand Prix Formula 1 Championship. The vehicle height must not be less than 95 cm, and the width not more than 180 cm. The weight of the car with the driver should not be less than 600 kg. There are also regulations to control the dimensions of the car, such as the front and rear wings. In addition, there are several regulations that concern safety.

 

 

The Start

 

Formula 1 race starts with a warm-up lap. After which the cars gather at a standstill in a grid. A series of 5 lights turns on in a srquance, and when the fifth lights goes on, the race begins. A good start or a poor start could be indicative of the final result of the race.

 

At the beginning of the race - especially in the first turns - the excitement will be on its peak, as cars compete to hold the number one position from the beginning of the race.

 

Penalties

 

A panel of race referees monitor all Formula 1 races as they are underway, and will give out penalties in case of any violation. Penalties could be speeding in pit lane or blocking another driver from taking over. The punishment against penalties varies between driving through pit lane for three laps, and could rach to compete disqualification from the race.

 

Pit Stops

 

There is no need to refuel Fomula 1 cars during the race, however, managing the fuel is a major consideration for the race team.

 

Tire and brake pads are critical as well, and are all accounted before a race starts. Teams compete on who has the shortest pit stop.

 

Qualifying

 

The qualifying process for Formula 1 is one hour process, the hour is broken down to three-part event that eliminates the 6 slowest competitors after each of the first two sessions. Q1 is the name for the first qualifying session. It’s 20 minutes long, and at the conclusion of the session, the six slowest cars are not permitted to continue onto Q2.

 

After Q1, there is a 7 minutes break, after which Q2 starts with the 16 remaining cars. The second session is 15 minutes long. At the conclusion of Q2, the 6 slowest drivers are placed into the grid based on their lap times, filling the 11-16th spots. After Q2, there is another 8 minutes break before Q3 starts.

 

Q3, more commonly known as the “Shootout,” is a 10 minute session including the 10 fastest cars from Q2.

 

Technology

 

The engineering and technology involved in the Formula 1 race is mind blowing. Formula 1 cars are widely considered to be the most technologically-sophisticated race cars on the planet.

 

 

There are really two major things about the Formula 1 technology that you’ll need to know about when you watch. DRS and KERS.

 

DRS (pronounced “D-R-S”), an acronym for “drag reduction system,” is a mechanism that allows drivers to open a flap in their back wings with the push of a button. When the DRS system is enabled, wind resistance against the car is reduced, as is the car’s downforce.

 

KERS (pronounced “Kerrs”), or Kinetic Energy Recovery System, is a system that each driver is allowed to use for about 6.67 seconds per lap, and it provides increased acceleration while enabled.

 

Scoring

 

There are two Championships during the Formula 1 season. The World Drivers’ Championship, and the World Constructors’ Championship. from the names, the Drivers’ Championship is awarded to the individual driver who win the highest point in the season. The same apply to Teams. More info on scoring can be found at Formula1.com

 

Teams

 

It is normal for drivers to change teams in the off-season. For example, in 2013 Michael Schumacher retired, and the hero driver Lewis Hamilton left McLaren team to take Schumacher’s place with the Mercedes AMG team.

 

As for the teams themselves, parity is minimal between the 11 of them. Powerhouses such as Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari routinely find themselves at the top of the Constructors’ Championship standings, whereas “Junior Teams” like Caterham and Marussia who operate with smaller budgets, find themselves near the bottom of the standings.

 

How to Watch

 

The most important thing about watching a Formula 1 race is that you dont know the final result prior to watching, which means to watch the race live. You will double the excitement if you attend a race and enjoy the sounds of the engines. here is a list that includes the main Formula 1 circuits in the world.

 

 

Adelaide
Australia
Casablanca
Morocco
Liverpool
UK
Melbourne
Australia
Berlin
Germany
Sakhir
Bahrain
Porto
Portugal
Kent
UK
Bremgarten
Switzerland
Greater Noida
India
Le Mans
France
Las Vegas
USA
Montmeló
Spain
Clermont-Ferrand
France
Detroit
USA
Dijon
France
Leicestershire
UK
Imola
Italy
Estoril
Portugal
Dallas
USA
Shizuoka
Japan
Montréal
Canada
Mexico City
Mexico
Hockenheim
Germany
Mogyoród (near Budapest)
Hungary
Speedway
USA
Istanbul
Turkey
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Jarama
Spain
Jerez de la Frontera
Spain
São Paulo
Brazil
Yeongam
South Korea
Midrand, Gauteng
South Africa
Long Beach
USA
Nevers
France
Singapore
Singapore
Lisbon
Portugal
Monaco
Monaco
Barcelona
Spain
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Canada
Monza
Italy
Bowmanville
Canada
Nivelles
Belgium
Nürburg
Germany
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Zeltweg
Austria
Castellet
France
Barcelona
Spain
Pescara
Italy
Phoenix
USA<

 

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