Formula 1 passion is at an all-time high, so don’t worry if you’re new to the sport. We’ve compiled a list of interesting facts regarding the race that you should be aware of.
1. Safety enhancements
F1 cars include modern safety features such as the halo cockpit protection system and different safety systems. Driver safety is a primary issue, and this comes with significant expenditures.
In truth, the three-pronged tubular titanium construction that surrounds a Formula 1 car’s cockpit has saved countless lives, including Hamilton’s when he collided with Max Verstappen in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
2. Global Fanbase
F1 has a tremendous global fanbase, with millions of people watching races, attending events, and participating in social media. It is one of the most watched motorsports in the world, and its popularity has grown steadily over the years.
Furthermore, the sport has gained a lot of interest and followers after Netflix launched a series on Formula 1 called Drive To Survive.
3. A step towards sustainability
F1 has taken steps in recent years to become more sustainable. Initiatives include lowering carbon emissions, encouraging environmental responsibility, and advocating for more environmentally friendly racing technologies.
4. Other categories
Did you know that, in addition to F1, there are other single-seat racing car categories? Held on public and circuit roads around the world, the drivers and vehicles are evaluated using a point-based system that identifies the best constructors and drivers throughout the season.
5. Cars have many buttons
Some people believe that driving an F1 car is as simple as steering the wheel and pressing the accelerator. But that is not the case. In fact, most drivers have up to 25 buttons on their steering wheel, allowing them to control every aspect of the vehicle.
6. The shocking cost of the car
Each F1 car can cost up to $12 to $15 million without the essential components, depending on how much the teams are willing to spend on its development.
However, in order to level the playing field and reduce team investment, F1 recently established team budget caps in 2021. In 2023, the current cap is $135 million per team.
We all know how much money it is, therefore you can imagine how much it would cost if a racecar was involved in a crash.
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