Formula 1™ is the highest class of single-seat auto racing and is one of the most exciting, coveted and most popular annual sporting series in the world. Formula 1™ consists of a series of races held all over the world on purpose-built F1™ circuits and in some cases, public roads.
Here are some things you never knew you wanted to know to become a true Formula 1™ fan:
- The word “formula” in the Formula 1™ name, refers to a set of rules that all participants’ cars must conform to. Formula racing is any form of open-wheel single-seater motorsports and was adopted by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, The International Automobile Federation) for all its post-World War II single-seater regulations.
- Each Formula 1™ race utilizes a points system, adding up points from each race to determine two World Champions, one driver and one constructor. Since 2010 the points system per race is as follows:
- 1st place – 25 points
- 2nd place – 18 points
- 3rd place – 15 points
- 4th place – 12 points
- 5th place – 10 points
- 6th place – 8 points
- 7th place – 6 points
- 8th place – 4 points
- 9th place – 2 points
- 10th place – 1 point
- Formula 1™ cars are the fastest road course racing cars in the world, racing up to speeds of 233mph (375 km/h)
- The winner of the first World Championship in 1950 was Italian Giuseppe Farina in his Alfa Romeo
- The average cost of a Formula 1™ car is around $9.4 million.
- Engine unit - $7.7 million
- Carbon fiber monocoque - $650,000 per chassis
- Front win and nose cone - $160,000
- Rear wing and DRS overtaking aid - $80,000
- Steering wheel - $50,000
- Fuel tank - $110,000
- Hydraulics - $160,000
- Gearbox - $480,000
- Cooling system - $160,000
- During a race, a driver loses up to 4kg (8.8 lbs) of weight from sweating in the heat of the cockpit. All cockpits have a water tank for drivers, which they drink from via a pipe.
- Formula 1™ helmets are amongst the toughest objects in the world. These helmets undergo heat tests by being subjected to an 800 degrees Celsius flame for around 45 seconds.
- Lance Stoll and the Williams team was awarded the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award at the 2017 Grand Prix Du Canada for their 2.17 second pit stop.
- Drivers are assigned numbers; the reigning champion is assigned the number 1 and his teammate receives the number 2 the rest of the numbers are assigned according to team standings from the previous season. The number 13 has only ever been assigned 2 times in 1963 and 1976 and one was to Divina Galiva, one of five women to compete in the sport.
- An Formula 1™ driver’s neck is disproportionally thicker than the rest of their body. They experience 5 times the typical gravitational pull from breaking and cornering when the car goes from 300km/h to a standstill in 3 seconds. Drivers spend up to an hour and a half a day strengthening their necks for these conditions.
Find out more intriguing facts during our Lunch with a Legend at year’s United States Grand Prix from racing legend, Juan Pablo Montoya
Attend the 2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™
On October 22nd F1™ comes to Austin, Texas! Whether you are an individual or a corporate group, Circuit of The Americas Experiences' Official Ticket Packages will put you in the heart of the action with exclusives you cannot get anywhere else. Circuit of the Americas Experiences clients also have access to the Legends Club with climate-controlled amenities during race weekend with celebrity appearances, complimentary gourmet food buffets, race simulators and more. Complete with an exclusive concert by Platinum Grammy award-winning artist Justin Timberlake and musical legend Stevie Wonder, fast access passes and unbeatable views from all over the racetrack. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history!