Interesting Facts About Formula 1
When you say Formula 1 you say fast and expensive cars, probably the most dangerous auto racing in the world. Formula 1 cars are designed and built to the limits of technology and, in this context, the competition involves two actors equally important: the drivers and the cars. Here are some interesting facts about the dangerous, fascinating and expensive world of Formula 1.
An average F1 driver loses about 4 kg of weight after just one race. A person who has lost 4% of body weight can lose up to 40% of their psycho-physical ability. The F1 cockpits have drinking bottle installed for the drivers. The drivers can drink water from it via a pipe.
F1 helmets are among the toughest things in the world. Some of the tests they have to pass are being subjected to 800 degrees C flame for 45 seconds.
F1 is open to both men and women. Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to compete in F1, in 1958, while Lella Lombardi finished sixth in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix to become the first and only female so far to score championship points.
If you walk down the street and round a corner, the G-force exerted on your body is 1G. Every time an F1 driver brakes going into a corner during a race, he has to cope with a force of up to 5G – five times more bodyweight than normal.
Cockpits of the cars are made so strong, they can withstand impact forces up to 250 tonnes. This, again for a layman, can be consi
dered equivalent to dropping a weight of 50 African elephants.