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Transcript of Formula One
How does it work?
Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The "formula", designated 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 Grands Prix (from French, originally meaning great prizes), held throughout the world on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors. The racing drivers, constructor teams, track officials, organisers, and circuits are required to be holders of valid Super Licences, the highest class of racing licence issued by the FIA.
Aerodynamics and Downforce
Theoretically the F1 car could ride at the ceiling of the Tunel in Monaco. That's the power of the downforce.
First safety measures
Tyrrell P34 1976
Brabham BT46B 1978
Tower wings 1998
Monaco Grand Prix 2001
Evolution through the years
Power of the engines:
1987 1.5l V6 turbo BMW engine 1200 hp top speed: 350+ km/h
2004 3.0l V10 Ferrari engine 900 hp top speed: about 370 km/h
(Juan Pablo Montoya's record from 2005 is 372,6 km/h)
2012 2.4l V8 engines about 750 hp top speed: about 345-350 km/h
(Kubica's record from 2007 is 351,4 km/h)
2014 1.6 V6 turbo engines probably 700-750 hp top speed: probably less than 340 km/h
Lauda before crash
Lauda after crash
1994 San Marino
and cold tyres
at the bumps
mandatory crash tests of the chassis, body and helmets