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Formula 1 – It’s all about time

18 May

hemerson

by Hemerson

Hi everyone,

This is the first post of a series that I’m planning to present you, because definitely this is my favorite sport.

Are you ready? Fasten you seat belts and… 

“It’s lights out and away we go!”

[David Croft, Formula 1 commentator] 

Formula One or simply F1, had its first world drivers’ championship back on 13th of May, 1950. This format was planned in 1930 but it was shelved because of the World War II. One of the main goals of F1 at that time was to become a global sport, and since its beginning all the 7 rounds took place in some famous race tracks like Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and the United States. 

It’s important to say that this was the beginning of considerable technological advances from the greatest car manufacturers that we know today, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren, Talbot (Peugeot), Lancia and Mercedes-Benz.

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I can also mention that great drivers have performed historical races and battles along all these years. The first important name was Juan Manuel Fangio and, believe me, he was an awesome Argentinian driver. Some nicknamed him as ‘El Maestro’ or ‘The Master’. He dominated the first decade of Formula 1 by winning 5 consecutive World Drivers’ Championships. 

I have a big list of names here that I’m going to discuss in the following blog posts. This list includes Giuseppe Farina (the first Formula 1 Champion), Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Häkkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

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Over the years, F1 changed its format, always trying to maintain the competition on track. There were times where the cars looked something like the pre-World War II supercharged engines defined by engine capacity, after Mercedes introduced the front-engined cars and later the British brought the rear-mid engined revolution: no one was able to beat this engine. 

The engine evolution continues until today, F1 also had turbo-charged engines, aspirated engines, active suspension, V6, V8, V10 engines… Every year manufacturers try to build the best new engine according to F1 regulation in order to get a higher performance spending a lower amount of money. 

Safety was always one of the major issues in F1. Fourteen drivers died in just one decade. Along with engine power, safety is important and crucial in a race. The last death was 21 years ago and since then teams, drivers and track owners put safety in first place.

The race schedule 

The race show occurs on Sundays but all the preparations begin on Thursdays of the same week. The first two days are for practicing only, Saturday is the qualifying day and it’s when each driver runs for the best lap time in order to get the pole position (first place on the grid). 

Finally, we have the race day. All the drivers run for the win and, I can tell you, starting in first position does not mean that the driver can win the race easily. The same applies when the driver starts in last position. Every race is unique! 

Today we have the competition between drivers and constructors, where the teams compete for best engine focusing on car performance, sponsorship and, of course, money for the next season. At the end of every race, the ten fastest drivers score points for them and their teams. These points vary for each position and every single one is crucial until the end of the championship. 

In the next blog posts, I will present you some new vocabulary, drivers, teams, rules & regulations, race tracks and every nice curiosity that is worth to say and mention for all of you. 

For me, this video explains what is a Formula 1 race. I hope you enjoy 😉 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvNdRwPbm0

Thank you all, have a great lap time and see you at the podium!

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