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Why Shorter, Lighter Drivers Have an Advantage...


How much does a Formula 1 driver weigh? What is the ideal height? KERS technology makes short, lightweight drivers more relevant than ever.

Formula 1 Qualifying System Explained


Formula 1 qualifying is a unique system of grid designation unlike any other in motor racing. After five seasons of incessant changes, the sport has finally found a system that works - well, almost.

How Do Formula 1 Race Teams Travel the World?


For the first time in Formula 1 history, in 2012 seven races were staged in nine weeks, with a series of three so-called flyaways and races taking place one week apart instead of the usual two weeks. The final Grands Prix were run in Asia, the Middle East and in North and South America. The logistics of the travel of the biggest racing show on earth, were perfectly choreographed.

Qualifying in a Formula 1 Race Not What it Used...


It used to be that the man who scored pole position was almost certain to win the race. But now in Formula 1 the value of the pole and qualifying in general seem to have diminished as the fastest drivers have rarely been those who finish the race in the top spots.

How Is Carbon Fiber Used to Make Formula 1 Cars?


A revolution in racing car body materials in the early 1980s led to the standard Formula 1 racing car chassis of today. No longer made of a metal, today's F1 cars are made of an ultra light and strong plastic-like material called carbon fiber, which used to be more associated with the aerospace industry than with racing cars. Formula 1 engineers have become so adept at working with carbon composite materials, however, that other industries now turn to it for advice.

Many Women Work in F1; Why No Women Drivers?


In what is essentially considered a macho sport, there are a few women who are breaking the mold in Formula 1, where, as is the tradition elsewhere in auto racing, they usually occupy marketing, media relations and hospitality jobs. While more women than ever work the technical jobs to make the cars go fast, the one area where they are still absent is behind the steering wheel.

F1 Live Timing


Formula 1 has amongst the most complex timing systems in motor racing. But the Formula One Management timing tool, once mastered, is also one of the most useful ways for fans, teams and the F1 drivers themselves to see who is doing what at a Grand Prix race. The screen with live timing is found at the circuits and on the web site. Here is a precis based on FOM images and explanations of how it operates.

F1 Brakes Are Designed for Speed, as Well as...


We generally think of car brakes as designed to make a car slow down. But in Formula 1, the first thought of the drivers and engineers is how to use the brakes - like almost every other one of the vehicle's 3,000 parts - to make the car go faster.