Anticipation and the need for speed are building ahead of the Formula 1 Qatar AIirways Qatar Grand Prix 2023, which unleashes its thrills at the Lusail International Circuit from 6th - 8th October 2023. The combination of its global appeal, raw speed, and cutting-edge engineering promises to create more awe-inspiring spectacles for fans.
The extraordinary facts about F1 racing underscore just how exciting things can get on the track when the world’s best drivers push their limits.
F1 cars can accelerate quickly. They can go from 0 to 200km per hour (km/h) and brake to zero within roughly 4.5 seconds – faster than almost any other car ever made.
Valtteri Bottas holds the record for the highest speed in an F1 race. He reached an astounding 372.5km/h during the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. The fastest Formula One race of all time was the 2003 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Michael Schumacher won the race with an average speed of 247.585km/h and a total race time of just 1 hour 14 minutes and 19.838 seconds.
Much of the speed of F1 cars comes from their aerodynamics (which works better the faster the car is going). Changes in the 2022 F1 technical rules simplify the use of aerodynamic add-ons for F1 cars. It will be interesting to see what this new era delivers in terms of car design, racing action and sustainability!
Pit stops are one of the most exciting spectacles in F1 racing. Highly competitive pit crews combine fine art precision, flawless teamwork, and split-second decisions to get their driver back on the circuit within seconds. In 2019, the Red Bull team became the fastest pit crew in history by replacing all four tires on Max Verstappen’s car in just 1.82 seconds – no more than a few blinks of an eye.
F1 drivers have incredibly quick reaction times. And they need to, since F1 cars have no brake lights! With milliseconds between the high-speed cars, brake lights would simply be insufficient warning for drivers if the car in front suddenly slowed down.
However, fans should know that brake systems are mostly used before a turn and strategically timed at designated spots on the circuit known as braking points. In a game of time and speed, figuring out how to brake as late as possible, along with cornering and overtaking, is an important factor in a game plan.
Lap times are a testament to the skill and determination of F1 drivers, as well as the technological advancements over the years. The legendary Michael Schumacher clocked in the fastest race laps.
When it comes to setting records, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in F1 history. He holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins and holds a record of seven world championship titles, tied with Schumacher. At the young age of 18, Verstappen became F1’s youngest-ever race winner on his debut weekend with Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix 2016.
At the inaugural Ooredoo Qatar Grand Prix in 2021, Verstappen impressed fans with a lap record of 1:23.196, and with the Lusail International Circuit now part of the F1 calendar from 2023, there are undoubtedly more records to come.
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