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Formula 1: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What is Formula 1 Racing?
Page 3. Formula 1 is the most popular form of world motor racing, unlike IndyCar, which has a much smaller fan base, thanks partly to a division of the two major open-wheel series in the U.S. in the past decade. F1 is at the pinnacle of motor racing both technologically and in terms of the quality of the drivers - not IndyCar. In IndyCar, the cars are built by teams according to regulations. IndyCar races on oval tracks, F1 never does.
Why Shorter, Lighter Drivers Have an Advantage...
How much does a Formula 1 driver weigh? What is the ideal height? These are questions that have not been heard for a few years in a sport where the best drivers used to be like horse racing jockeys. But thanks to a new technology called KERS introduced in 2009, the question of driver heights and weights came back again - more relevant than ever.
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.
The Latest Motor Homes of the World's Most...
At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Come visit the latest team motor homes.
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.
The Developing Saga of Formula 1 Qualifying
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.
Lewis Hamilton: World's Youngest World Champion...
Lewis Hamilton's rise to the pinnacle of world motor racing is a story unique in the history of Formula 1. After years of proving to be one of the fastest, most successful drivers in the lower series the young British driver joined the illustrious McLaren Mercedes team in 2007 to become the first black driver in F1 history. He won the drivers' title in 2008, to become the youngest ever winner of the title.
McLaren's New Motor Home Was Introduced at the...
At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Brand Center. Page 12.
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa is one of F1's...
The Belgian Grand Prix is one of three races of the season to be held on a track in the countryside, in the fashion of the majority of Formula 1 venues in the past. Those rural settings have been supplanted in recent years by races in or near major metropolitan areas.
The Strange Saga of Formula 1 Qualifying
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. Page 2.
Ferrari
A photo of the Ferrari team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world.
McLaren Mercedes
A photo of the McLaren Mercedes F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 3.
Honda
A photo of the Honda F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 2.
The Subtle Game of Race Strategy - a High Speed...
Formula 1 is not only the most advanced form of racing technologically, it is also the most advanced in terms of race strategy. Which tires to use, how many pit stops to make, how much fuel to put in the car before the race - these are all elements that a team's strategist calculates to know how best to tackle a certain race track.
Red Bull
A photo of the Red Bull F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 4.
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.
Formula 1 Timing Screens Explained
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 Formula1.com web site. Here is a precis based on FOM images and explanations of how it operates.
The Art of Racing in the Wet in Formula 1
In Formula 1, wet races have always played an integral role not only in the action, but in race results, championships and the reputations of drivers. In fact, wet races are usually so exciting that the series has sometimes considered flooding tracks to liven up the show.
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 Drivers and Technicians Love the Spa...
With Formula 1 facing some criticism as it expands around the world with new, uniformly designed circuits, Spa is the last of a breed.
Renault
A photo of the Renault F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 5.
ABC's of a Formula 1 Driver's Physical Fitness
Formula 1 drivers undergo physical demands in the cockpit of a kind that no other athlete faces. G-Forces throughout an hour-and-a-half race make their heads four to five times their regular weight, and they must make split-second decisions that could cost them or others their lives while enduring intense heat, humidity and vibrations from the engine and the track.
Williams
A photo of the Williams F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 10.
Anatomy of a Formula 1 Event
Although Formula 1 Grand Prix races always take place on a Sunday, there is a lot more activity than that surrounding a race and extending a week around the event. From the arrival of the motor homes and cars and garage equipment to the arrival of the drivers themselves, there's a lot more to it than an hour and a half on Sunday afternoon.
Spyker
A photo of the Spyker F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 6.
Toyota
A photo of the Toyota F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 9.
Toro Rosso
A photo of the Toro Rosso motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 8.
Super Aguri
A photo of the Super Aguri motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 7.
Frank Williams: Passionate F1 Racer
Frank Williams is the owner and director of Formula 1's third most successful team, Williams. He has worked in the sport since the late 1960s, but he started his current team in 1977 and went racing with it in 1978 and every years since. Williams dominated the series in the early to mid-1990s.
BMW Sauber
Photo of BMW Sauber's motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 11.
The Era of the Formula 1 Wind Tunnel
Aerodynamics on Formula 1 cars is a science of gaining the most grip through using the wind. Unlike with airplanes, the wings of a racing car push the car down to the track, not up in the air. The effect allows a car to slide less and turn a faster lap. To develop the best aerodynamic grip possible, F1 teams use a wind tunnel.
Nico Rosberg: Formula 1 World Champion's Son...
Son of the Formula 1 world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg proved in his first season that he is capable of racing with the best F1 drivers. In fact, as the youngest driver in the series, he is using his years as a driver at the Williams team intelligently to develop his technical knowledge and racecraft as he tries to follow in his father's footsteps. Nico scored two points in his first race in F1 and set the fastest lap. But the rest of his first season was less exemplary.
Watches and Time Keeping Go Together With...
Most people think motor racing is about speed fast cars, engines, tires, maybe even women. Wrong. Motor racing is all about timing. Drivers are not after speed for its own sake. The buzz comes from lap times, braking times, acceleration times, pit stop times and the precise, marginal differences between them that build incrementally to the outcome of the race.
Red Bull Racing: The Fun Team With the Big...
The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team joined the sport in 2005 after buying the Jaguar team. After a first promising season, it did less well in its second year. But by hiring one of the best technical directors in the sport, Adrian Newey, and changing to the world champion Renault engine, the 2007 season looks promising. The team is part of the marketing program of the Red Bull Austrian energy drink company. Red Bull is involved in many sports around the world.
Kangaroo TV Makes the Attending Races the Best...
Kangaroo TV is a hand held mobile media device that delivers live video, audio and data to spectators over a Formula 1 race weekend. It allows viewers to select from multiple live streams to tailor the experience according to their interests. It has made attending F1 races the best possible way to watch a race, giving spectators the smell, feel and look of the live event along with an even better television show than the one that fans watch at home.
Not Very Sexy on the Outside, but the Life of...
Car engines hold little interest for most people. Even Formula 1 fans generally prefer to talk about a sexy new aerodynamic wing on the chassis than a modified piston. Yet in the words of Rob White, the director of the Renault team's engine department, it is the thing that turns the sleek, inanimate racing car into a vital force.
David Coulthard: Last of the Gentleman Drivers
David Coulthard race in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2008. He first joined the Williams team after the death of Ayrton Senna. The Scottish driver has won many races and always proved he was a good and sure value for any team. But he never won the drivers' title.
The Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore is an...
Since its inception in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has quickly become one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season, especially for the racegoers.
Danica Patrick: First Woman To Win a Major...
In 2008 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a major international open-wheel race when she won an Indy Racing League event in Japan. Before that, however, she had a long career working here way up the levels in open-wheel racing in Europe with a view to making it to Formula 1. She first attracted international attention when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500.
The End of Tobacco Sponsorship Led to the...
It was as recent as 2007 that Formula 1 saw the last of the tobacco advertising that had funded the series' racing for 40 years. But it immediately found other sources of sponsorship.
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.
The Many Buttons and Dials on an F1 Steering...
One of the modern Formula 1 driver's biggest technical challenges is to learn by heart the positions, buttons and lights on their complicated steering wheels.
International Automobile Federation, the...
The International Automobile Federation is based in Paris and Geneva, Switzerland and is the governing body of world motor racing. As such, it is the rules maker and owner of the Formula 1 world championship. The FIA organizes the F1 schedule and oversees safety, rules and regulations and licenses for drivers. It also takes care of disputes, both on the track and off, regarding rules, regulations and conduct.
Where to Find Kangaroo TV Devices at the F1...
Kangaroo TV offers several methods of finding its product at or before attending a Formula 1 race, and finding out how much it costs. Page 4.
Formula 1's Kinetic Energy Recovery System
In 2009 as part of Formula 1's effort to become more environmentally friendly and relevant, the series began using a Kinetic Energy Recovery System to collect energy normally wasted during braking, and to re-use it in short bursts of power to increase speed and help in overtaking.
Age Old Question of Whether it is the Car or...
The question has existed almost as long as auto racing: What is more important, the car or the driver?
A Key to the Mental Make up of an F1 Driver:...
Formula 1 racing has become safer over the decades, but most people involved with the sport, including the old drivers, say that it still requires strong amounts of bravery in the mental makeup of a driver.
Circuit of the Belgian Grand Prix
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit rolls through the landscape of the Ardennes Forest with a combination of slow and fast corners, making both its setting and style unique among the world’s racing circuits. It is also one of the most challenging and the favorite of most Formula One drivers.
The Italian Grand Prix in Monza is a Classic F1...
Not many towns give the impression of being built around a racing circuit like Monza and the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Then again, Monza also happens to be one of the most historic racing tracks in the world, and, sitting as it does in a royal park, it has a national monument feel to it as well.
Fernando Alonso: The Youngest Double World...
Name: Fernando Alonso Born: July 29, 1981 in Oviedo, Spain Team: Ferrari Height: 5'6" Weight: 150 lbs.
Bob Constanduros Talks About Interviewing F1...
Bob Constanduros is the circuit commentator at Formula 1 Grands Prix around the world and conducts the official press conferences organized by the International Automobile Federation, the series' governing body.
Ferrari: Formula 1's Most Successful Team...
Ferrari is the only Formula 1 team to have raced in the series since the championship was founded in 1950. It is also the most successful team in F1 history. After dominating for the last decade and breaking F1 team records with Michael Schumacher driving, Ferrari now enters a new era after the German's retirement.
Retromobile: A History of Formula 1 Cars
For over 30 years the annual Retromobile car show has presented the world's finest old cars. This year there were many cars from both eras of Grand Prix racing, pre-F1 and F1, including the centerpiece Auto Union D-Type car that won the French Grand Prix in 1939 and Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari Formula 1 car with which he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978. The latter belonged to the finest single collection at the show, that of Nick Mason, the drummer of the Pink Floyd rock band.
Kart Engines Are Miniature Masterpieces of Power
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Traditionally, kart engines are two-stroke 100cc to 125cc powerhouses. Lately, though, four-stroke engines have begun to take over. Page 7.
Director of Pirelli Tires F1 Racing Program
Paul Hembery, a Briton, is the motor sports director for the Pirelli Tire company, which returned to Formula 1 this year as the series' sole tire provider after an absence of 20 years. Hembery worked for 20 years in research and development in the tire industry before moving to the commercial side of the business. He joined Pirelli in 1992 and has led the motor sports program for 11 years. He was responsible for the company joining the world rally series in 2008 and he was also behind its return to Formula One.
The Simple Mathematics of the Formula 1...
The Formula 1 drivers' title is decided through a simple system of point scoring at each race. Here's how it works over the season.
Mario Andretti:: The Great Andretti, Second...
With more than 100 victories in several disciplines in six decades — including 52 victories and four drivers' titles in IndyCar, the World Championship drivers' title in Formula 1, and a victory at the Indianapolis 500 — Mario Andretti is one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
Circuit of the Italian Grand Prix
All the teams and drivers agree: There is no other circuit on the Formula One calendar like the one in a former royal park in a suburb of Milan, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
McLaren Mercedes: F1's Second Most Successful...
McLaren Mercedes is the second most successful Formula 1 team, behind Ferrari. It has won races in five different decades of racing in the FIA Formula 1 world championship. From its earliest years, in the 1960s, it has been one of the top teams. It made a successful transition to new management in the early 1980s, when Ron Dennis took over running the team, and the period when Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna raced as team mates was one of the strongest in F1 history.
A 250cc Two Stroke Go-Kart With Bodywork
The 250cc two stroke class pictured here is not often used by the younger drivers rising the categories to F1. But it is a lot of fun even for adults, and some 250cc karts reach speeds almost as fast as Formula 1 cars.
Michael Schumacher Speaks About His Life After...
On the occasion of the inauguration of the Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower in October 2008, a real estate project in Abu Dhabi, the Formula 1 seven-time world champion gave an exclusive interview to Brad Spurgeon about his life two years after retiring from motor racing. The most successful driver in Formula 1 history, Schumacher is taking life easy and involving himself in several different projects while waiting for his next big passion after racing to come along.
How Formula 1 Drivers Start Out and Why
For many of the greatest F1 drivers, the rise to the top involved first joining a smaller team where they completed something of an apprenticeship in a racing job that compares to none other in its physical and mental demands and intensity.
A Visit to the Formula 1 Starting Grid
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Make a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display.
Spyker: The Little Team With Big Ambitions, and...
The Spyker F1 team grew out of the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2006 by the Dutch sports car company Spyker Cars N.V., it has ambitions - like Ferrari or McLaren - to sell sports cars using the racing team's name as a draw. Spyker uses Ferrari engines, and as a sign of its ambitions, it hired Mike Gascoyne, one of Formula 1's top technical directors.
Grand Prix Drivers' Association, Where Racers...
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association was founded by the Formula 1 drivers themselves in 1961 in order, mainly, to improve and ensure safety conditions for them in Grand Prix racing. It has lasted since that time with a few short breaks, and has grown into covering other areas for the drivers, including such things as dealing with the International Automobile Federation over rules and fighting for cheaper personal insurance.
Unlike in Formula 1 Racing, in Karting a Driver...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Page 6.
F1 Drivers Face Multi-Tasking Drive
A Formula 1 driver's job has got a lot more complicated with the improvement in racing car technology. And drivers are not sure they like all the added tasks and buttons that have transformed the nature of elite racing.
Circuit of the Singapore Grand Prix
The Singapore race has been called the Monaco Grand Prix of Asia, as the Asian city-state, like the Mediterranean principality, is something of a high-flying business center and its race circuit winds through the streets the way the Monaco track does.
Ayrton Senna: Three-Time World Drivers' Champion
Ayrton Senna won three world championships in the 1980s and 1990s. But his personality, driving style and other results on the track made him be considered one of the very greatest of Formula 1 drivers in history. Senna died tragically in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on 1 May 1994 driving a Williams.
Lewis Hamilton Talks About His Career in F1 in...
Lewis Hamilton is a British driver for the McLaren Mercedes team and was the 2008 world drivers' champion. He has won 20 races since he began driving for the McLaren Mercedes team in 2007. Before that, he was nurtured for nearly a decade in the team's young driver program, having signed up as a protégé at the age of 13 while still racing go-karts. During those years, as he prepared for Formula 1, Hamilton won in every series in which he raced. He also maintained close ties to the elite team, visiting its factory in Woking, England, using the racing car simulator, and even testing the Formula 1 car before he began racing.
Kangaroo TV's Technical Marvel
A marvel of miniaturization, the Kangaroo TV media device for watching and listening to Formula 1 races at the Grand Prix venues provides state of the art viewing, hearing and digital data for a full race attending experience. Page 2.
Physical and Mental Strain of F1 Race Travel
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Anthony Davidson: British F1 Driver Comes Into...
Anthony Davidson spent six years as a Formula 1 test driver at the BAR Honda and Honda teams before joining the Super Aguri team in the 2007 season as a full time F1 racer. After having raced in only three Grand Prix races prior to the 2007 season, and failing to finish at all of them, the British driver has finally finished races in 2007.
Kart Teams Provide Garage Materials and the...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. The big companies that make the karts, like Birel, travel to races with chassis, engines, tools and all the necessary pieces for a karting weekend. Page 9.
Telecommunications Companies Sponsoring Formula...
Most Formula 1 fans are aware of the paradigm in which a major car manufacturer uses the sport not only to advertise its road cars with an eye to sales, but also to develop and improve their road car technology. In the same fashion, as Formula One has become increasingly dependent on computers, telecommunications and information technology, telecommunications companies have begun following that example.
Renault: Formula 1 World Champions Against the...
Although the Renault car manufacturer was long one of the most successful engine builders in Formula 1, it was not until 2005 that Renault managed to win a world constructors' title as both engine and chassis builder. It also won the drivers' title that year with Fernando Alonso, and then won both titles again in 2006. The team lost Alonso for 2007, dropped in the standings, but rehired the Spaniard for 2008 and won two races.
F1 is the Greatest Racing Series in the World
Many observers agree that despite a world of changes, Formula 1 remains at the pinnacle of auto racing and one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles. Here are the reasons why....
F1 Drivers Must Control Emotion to Drive Well
Great racing requires cool nerves, psychology and self discipline. In such a high-speed sport, tempers and emotions invariably fly. But whether it be caused by an intentional attack or personal error, the consequences are almost always negative.
The Best Karting Tracks Allow Lots of Room for...
The Circuit Carole is more of a motorcycle racing track than a karting track, but its large size lends itself well to karts, particularly the hairpin down near the pit area. During the Discovery Kart fair in February, the 250cc karts delighted the public both on the track and off. Page 5.
Takuma Sato: Japan's Greatest Formula 1 Driver
Takuma Sato started at the Jordan team in 2002 after racing in the lower series in Europe. He was hired to race at the BAR-Honda team in 2003. There he scored points, as well as the highest qualifying position by a Japanese driver in Formula 1. He scored a podium at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2004, where he finished third. In 2006 he joined the fledgling Super Aguri Honda team, which was built around him.
Bernie: The Biography of Bernie Ecclestone
If there is one name that has defined the modern Formula One series, it is Bernie Ecclestone. Over a 40-year period Ecclestone built up the series from a kind of gentleman's racing club into an international sporting event to rival the Olympics and World Cup soccer, with millions of television viewers tuning into each race throughout the 8 month racing season. This is the story of how Ecclestone rose from being a used car and motorcycle salesman into the leader of the pinnacle of auto racing.
Robert Kubica: A Pole Aiming for Pole Position
Robert Kubica was such a fast and dependable test driver for the BMW Sauber team in 2006 that before the season ended the team gave him the opportunity to replace Jacques Villeneuve as full time racer. Kubica became the first Polish driver in Formula 1 and took part in six races, finishing as high as third at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Sid Watkins: The F1 Doctor and Safety Expert
Formula 1 doctor and safety expert, Sid Watkins, died on Sept. 12, 2012 at the age of 84. But if Watkins saw his friend Ayrton Senna die in 1994 -- a day after the death of another driver, the rookie Roland Ratzenberger -- the incident would kick-start a crusade by him and the International Automobile Federation to make safety improvements that would help save many drivers' lives.
Kart Tracks Are Familiar Looking Venues, F1 on...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. The paddock, trackside and garages are easier to access to see, hear and smell the karts, where future stars of Formula 1 learn their sport. Page 8.
How the Formula 1 Safety Car System Works
Formula 1 teams use any method to win. They build factories costing hundreds of millions of dollars that house wind tunnels operated by top engineers to streamline cars worth millions that are driven by the finest drivers in the world. They even use a new factor: the safety car.
"Senna" Documentary Goes Beyond Racing Theme...
The documentary film about the life of Ayrton Senna has become one of the top selling documentary films in the UK, and has reached audiences around the world outside of the usual Formula 1 fan base.
F1 Drivers Compete With Each Other on the Track...
Can a score of the world's most competitive people agree on a common cause? When it's about their collective self-interest, of course or, at least most of the time. Formula 1 drivers normally spend their weekends fighting for the same piece of glory. But they regularly meet under the banner of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.
How F1 Drivers Read the Race Track
To most people, steering a Formula 1 car to victory in a Grand Prix race would appear to be simply a matter of having the best, most powerful and easiest car to drive; given that, it would seem that a driver could perform well on any track. But Formula 1 teams and drivers know that another element comes into play in the perfect combination of car and driver: the nature of the track, and the relation between the driver and the style of that track.
The Formula 1 Silly Season
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The First U.S. Grand Prix at Austin Was a...
All the ingredients were there to make the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix near Austin one of the most highly attended, most festive and most exciting races of the 2012 Formula One season. And thanks to the circuit here, which permits overtaking, the series heads to Brazil for the final race next weekend with the drivers' title still up for grabs.
Kimi Raikkonen: The Iceman From Finland, a Cool...
After twice finishing second in the Formula 1 drivers' title series at McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen joined Ferrari in 2007. At the dominant team of the last decade, in 2007 the Finnish driver finally broke the jinx and took his first championship crown.
Ralf Schumacher: Michael's Little Brother,...
When he joined Formula 1 in 1997 at the Jordan team, many in the sport thought that Ralf Schumacher was nothing but the little brother of Michael Schumacher, he was a driver who got his seat because of his name. In fact, Ralf quickly proved his critics wrong and showed that he was one of the better drivers in F1, as he scored 13 points in his first season. He and his world champion brother became the best brother pair the sport has ever seen. But in recent years the early promise has faded.
History of the Brazilian Grand Prix
The history of the Brazilian Grand Prix coincides with the rise of successful Brazilian drivers in Formula 1. The first race in Brazil was held the year after Emerson Fittipaldi became the youngest world champion, at 25, in 1972. He won the first two editions of the race, in 1973 and 1974. Nelson Piquet won the race in 1983 and 1986, during the decade in which he won the title three times, and Carlos Pace, another Brazilian driver, won the race in 1975.
The 2.4 Liter Engine in F1 Celebrates 100 Races
The 2.4 liter Mercedes V8 engine competed in its 100th race at the Hungarian Grand Prix of 2011. Here's a summary of what the engine has achieved since its very first appearance at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Bobby Epstein Talks About Organizing the First...
Bobby Epstein is the chairman of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the new track where the 1st U.S. Grand Prix in Austin was staged on Nov. 18, 2012. Epstein attended his first Formula 1 race at the age of 19 in 1984, in Dallas, where he was living with his family. He is now the majority owner of Prophet Capital, a private investment company based in Austin that he founded in 1995.
Grid Girls are First on the Track
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display. Grid girls in Spa. Page 3.
The Indianapolis 500 And Monaco Grand Prix...
The Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix are the world's two most famous motor races. Frequently, as both are raced in May, they fall on the same day. But despite having cars that look similar, there can be few races quite so different as these two classics.
In Second Year, Indian Grand Prix Put on an...
In 2012, the second year of its running, the Indian Grand Prix outside Delhi looked like any other Formula 1 race after the novelty of the first year. But this time on the track it was a far better spectacle than the one in its first year, with more wheel-to-wheel racing, more overtaking and nearly as many spectators.
It's a Formula 1 in Miniature in Every Way
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Kart tire technology looks very much like that of the Formula 1 cars, but in miniature. Page 4.
As Series Expands Around the World, Opportuniti...
As Formula 1 has expanded to ever more exotic locations around the world, a new industry has developed: Grand Prix tourism. Mixing attendance at a sports event with tourism is not exclusive to Formula 1, but the series at the pinnacle of auto racing with its advanced technology, big business stakes and highly paid drivers and team personnel attracts the kind of clients that travel companies like.
Physiotherapist to Jenson Button
Mike Collier is the physiotherapist, fitness and dietary advisor to the McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button. Collier, who holds a sports science degree from Bath University in England, started in Formula One in 2000, working with Button at the Benetton team. He also worked with Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso at that time. He took a break from 2002 to 2005 to complete a physiotherapy degree, returning in 2008 with Button at Honda, then at Brawn, where Button won the 2009 world title, then following him to McLaren.
Sebastian Vettel Becomes Youngest Three-Time...
In the end, the Formula 1 drivers' title played out in the most fitting way: a mad dash from beginning to end, with the two finalists having to overcome setbacks that would have eliminated lesser drivers. Through constantly changing track and weather conditions in São Paulo, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest three-time world champion in history.
Race Strategy Enters the Age of the Computer
Mention race strategy to almost anyone outside a Formula 1 team and chances are it will bring to mind an on-track chess game with someone cerebral sitting on the pit wall plotting the moves, or a driver suddenly deciding to stop and change his tires to improve his lead or pass a car.
History of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the second Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Middle East, but it was, and remains, the first and only race in the world to start in the daytime and finish at night.
Formula 1 Has Long Been Part of Asian Racing
Home to six of the 20 races in 2012, Asia has also taken away some of its main Asian financial backers of Formula 1 of the past - notably the Honda and Toyota car companies, which had owned teams but left the series citing the global financial crisis. But the Asian presence remains a large and disparate one, nonetheless.
The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka is one of...
If there are two Formula 1 tracks that are often likened to a roller-coaster ride, only one of them is actually part of an amusement park. That is the Suzuka Circuit, site of the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Hungarian Grand Prix was F1's East Europe...
When Formula One ran its first race in Budapest in 1986, it was a huge step for the series — and for international sports — as it moved behind the Iron Curtain for the first time. Within a few years, however, Hungary was no longer part of the Soviet empire and the race had come to feel like any other permanent fixture on the calendar.
A Breed of Super Fan in the Exclusive F1 Paddock
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The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring is one...
Formula 1 fans and employees who are city-dwelling and city-loving take a deep breath for the rural race in the countryside of the Eifel Mountains in southern Germany.
Vijay Mallya: Colorful Owner of Force India F1...
He is often called the Richard Branson of Bangalore, he wears bracelets, earrings, sunglasses and dyes his hair and beard. He also has a genuine and longstanding love of motor racing, and that is why India's most colorful billionaire investor, executive and entrepreneur bought a Formula 1 team and called it Force India.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Was a Highlight of the...
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2012 was one of the highlights of the season. It combined the first victory by Kimi Raikkonen after his comeback with the first victory for his team renamed Lotus, with the second and third placed finishes by the two leading contenders for the drivers' title - Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Most spectacularly, Vettel climbed up from the back of the grid.
From Go-Karting to Formula 1: The First Classes...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly.
Sauber: The Strong Independent F1 Team
The Formula 1 Sauber team was always a top one in style. But it never found the size of budget necessary to graduate to the next level. When BMW bought the Swiss team based in Hinwil, it invested in the factory and staff in a way that Sauber was never able to do, and as of 2012 the results began to show consistently.
Features and Capabilities of Kangaroo TV at F1...
Kangaroo TV's device gives more information to race goers than fans may experience even at home on the television and the Internet. While it receives the regular broadcast, the main race feed that is sent to televisions around the world, it also has access to the laptimes, live local commentary and the user's choice onboard cameras. Page 3.
The Indian Grand Prix at New Delhi is F1's...
It was with both trepidation and excitement that the Formula 1 community arrived in New Delhi for the first Indian Grand Prix in October 2011 at a new purpose-built circuit, in Greater Noida, 50 kilometers from the city.
Formula 1 Photographers on the Edge of the...
The Formula 1 series is covered by media around the world. Specialized magazines, newspapers, and web sites all need photos of the track and paddock action. The photographers that take these photos sometimes rise up to the level of artists.
The Last Corner of the Spa Track Leading into...
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display. A view of the modified last corner leading onto the straight and the grid. Page 6.
Jean Eric Vergne: Vice-Champion of Europe
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations. The son of owners of one of France's best kart tracks, Jean Eric became one of the country's best kartmen. But in 2007 he decided he would move on to his goal of rising up the auto racing ladder to try to reach Formula 1. He will race in the French national Formula Renault championships. Page 2.
F1 Teams and Drivers Have to Pay Traffic Fines...
The FIA inflicts monetary fines on drivers, teams and team personnel for failing to follow the rules, both on track and off. Here is a look at a few of those fines in 2012, and how the system works.
Brass Bands Often Assemble at Top of Grid
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display. Brass bands often play at the top of the grid before the races. Page 5.
Nick Heidfeld Discusses His Return To Strength...
Nick Heidfeld has had a career of highs and lows. After an excellent season last year, and a good start to 2008, he recently had a few difficulties. But at the British Grand Prix he finished a fine second place and said many of the problems he had been having - especially with qualifying - had been overcome. He tells us about it in this team interview as he prepares for his home German Grand Prix in less than two weeks.
The McLaren Formula 1 team's Catering Company,...
Chef and founder of the McLaren Formula 1 team's caterer, called Absolute Taste, Lyndy Redding is the managing director of the company that is majority-owned by the McLaren Group, which also owns the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. She started in F1 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, working as a caterer on a yacht for the Leyton House team, which hired her as a chef the following year. In 1997 she founded Absolute Taste with Ron Dennis, the McLaren owner, to cater to the team and in other areas.
Robert Kubica Discusses His Victory at the...
Robert Kubica won his first Formula 1 race at the Canadian Grand Prix of 2008. In this team interview he spoke about his victory, which was also the first for his BMW Sauber team and the first for a Polish driver in the history of the sport. Most remarkable is how he won the race a year after his horrendous accident at the same circuit.
Formula 1 Feeder Series Prize Giving
It was a glitzy awards ceremony at the GP2 Asia end of series celebration, and launch for the new GP2 series in Europe. The ceremony took place at the Billionaire club in Istanbul on the weekend of the Turkish Grand Prix, reminding us of Flavio Briatore.
Honda: Fourth Most Victorious F1 Engine Maker...
After six seasons powering the BAR cars as an engine provider, the Honda Motor Co. bought the team and raced under its own name from 2006. It was the second period of the Japanese company as a full fledged team in Formula 1, after it raced in F1 from 1964 to 1968 building both the chassis and the engine. It also turned out to be good luck for the fourth most victorious engine building company, as Honda won its first race since the Italian Grand Prix of 1967 at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006.
Formula 1's Return to the United States
As Formula 1 prepared in 2012 to stage its first Grand Prix in the United States in five years, there was a widespread feeling of ''here we go again'' in the paddock.
Scott Speed: Former American F1 Driver
In 2006 Scott Speed became the first American driver in Formula 1 since Michael Andretti in 1993. In a sport that has only two American world champion drivers - Phil Hill and Mario Andretti - and few other successful American drivers, Speed, as with any American driver, had a lot to prove. Unfortunately, Speed lasted only a season and a half before he left the team in the summer of 2007.
Marussia Virgin: The Experimental F1 Team With...
It was one of the three new teams in the 2010 season, and the Virgin team, like its majority owner, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, entered the series with a plan to do things differently.
Lyndy Redding, Talks About the McLaren Formula...
Lyndy Redding is the chef and founder of the McLaren Formula 1 team's caterer, called Absolute Taste. She is the managing director of the company that is majority-owned by the McLaren Group, which also owns the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. She started in F1 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, working as a caterer on a yacht for the Leyton House team, which hired her as a chef the following year. In 1997 she founded Absolute Taste with Ron Dennis, the McLaren owner, to cater to the team and in other areas.
Toyota: A Bold Team With Racing at its Heart...
Unlike all of the other car manufacturer teams now in Formula 1, Toyota took a big chance by starting up a completely new team from scratch when it entered the series in 2002. It had spent several years preparing for the step, and scored only two points that year. But the team has worked methodically and built up its level of competitiveness until it finished fourth in the series in 2005. In 2006 it dropped back to sixth, but only one point behind BMW in fifth. 2007 is a crucial year.
At 43, Michael Schumacher Finally Scored a Pole...
It was one of the highlights not only of the 2012 season, but of Michael Schumacher's three-year return to Formula 1 after three years in retirement: The German driver scored pole position at the most difficult track in the series.
Circuit de Catalunya
The Circuit de Catalunya, set in rolling hills not far from the Mediterranean coast and 30 kilometers from Barcelona, is a favorite track among most of the Formula 1 drivers. It is also a favorite for the engineers and technicians who develop the racing cars.
Fernando Alonso's Spot on the Grid is Set Up
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display. Page 4.
Teams Wheel Out all the Tires and Other Tools...
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display.
Rubens Barrichello: The Sympathetic Brazilian...
Rubens Barrichello joined Formula 1 in 1993 at the age of 20 at the Jordan team, where he immediately impressed the paddock with his speed and daring. A protégé of his countryman Ayrton Senna, Barrichello's great beginnings were suddenly shattered when Senna was killed in an accident the following year. Barrichello spent years rebuilding his confidence, before joining Ferrari, where he became Michael Schumacher's faithful teammate and won his first races. He joined Honda in 2006.
Tony Kart, One of the Best Kart Constructors in...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Tony Kart company was on hand to demonstrate its karts at the Kart Discovery fair outside Paris in February. Page 3.
Lewis Hamilton Parks his McLaren Mercedes on...
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Take a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display. Page 7.
The Formula 1 Track as Laboratory for Future...
Although it is true everywhere, it is even more appropriate at the Singapore F1 circuit: The track is an interconnected microcosm in which hundreds of gigabytes of information over the weekend will travel through the airwaves and fiber optic cables around the circuit, into the garages, television studios, team television monitors at the edge of the track and into the cars themselves.
Arnaud Kozlinski: Professional Kart Racer for...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Arnaud Kozlinski is a professional kart racer. Page 10.
Alain Prost: Four-Time World Drivers' Champion
Alain Prost, a Frenchman, was the first Formula 1 driver after Juan Manuel Fangio of the 1950s to win four world championship titles. Fangio had won five titles, ending in 1958, and no other driver did better than three until Prost won his fourth title in 1993 at the Williams team. Prost was particularly famous as one of a dueling tandem, the other of whom was Ayrton Senna, who won three titles.
CEO of Williams F1 Team
Alex Burns is the chief executive of the Williams Formula 1 team. He joined in 2002 as general manager, running the production side of the factory and car production. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. He started his career in the aerospace industry, making helicopters and working on fluid systems for aircraft and spacecraft and a variety of civil, military and space projects, including the Ariane 4 and 5 satellite launch vehicles. In 2004, he was promoted to chief operating officer of Williams, and became chief executive last year.
Felipe Massa: Young Ferrari Driver Changes...
Felipe Massa climbed his way steadily and quietly up the Formula 1 ladder at Sauber until last year he had his big chance as a regular driver for the Ferrari team. As Michael Schumacher's teammate the Brazilian did not disappoint, winning the first two races of his career, at the Turkish Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix. As teammate to Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, Massa became a favorite to win the drivers' title.
The Dynamic of the Duo in F1 Teams
McLaren with its two English world champion drivers in 2010 became the first time two British world champions raced on the same team since Graham Hill and Jim Clark at Lotus in 1968. In the first year, McLaren was on a season-long public relations drive to emphasize how cozy and brotherly are these two rival teammates. Teammates do not really work together, however.
F1 Cars Analyzed from Team Factories
Driving down a quaint, isolated English road overhung with trees, a visitor is suddenly confronted by a gate leading to a different world: a landscaped field containing a vast, low-lying, glass-faced building fronted by a small lake, the whole of which looks like the headquarters of a James Bond foe. This is the McLaren team factory and headquarters.
Jean Alesi on F1 and Indianapolis 500
Jean Alesi is a French driver who raced in Formula 1 from 1989 to 2001. He won one race, the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix, and finished on the podium 32 times. Alesi, 47 in 2011, was one of the series' most charismatic racers, known for his emotional approach to life and driving. He raced with the Ferrari team from 1991 to 1995, making the sentimental choice to match his Sicilian roots, while rejecting an offer from the Williams team that would dominate the next few years. Today, Jean Alesi is the ambassador of Lotus Cars and also has various other businesses - including a pen company and a vineyard - and keeps a hand in racing, as the captain of the national team of young French drivers. He announced last month that he would take part in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, with the backing of the Lotus Car company. He is married to a Japanese woman and they have four children.
McLaren-Mercedes: A Team on the Verge of Success
McLaren is one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history. But it has not won a world title since 1999, and in 2006 it failed even to win a race for the first time in a decade. With two new drivers, including double world champion Fernando Alonso, and with the best factory in the sport, is the team set for a return to victory in 2007?
An A-Z Look at KERS, the F1 Environmental...
The Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, or KERS, was introduced by the International Automobile Federation, the sport's governing body, to not only make Formula 1 more environmentally relevant and useful to the sport's car companies, but also to improve the racing by making overtaking easier.
Brawn GP: Celebrated Technical Director Leads...
Brawn GP was born suddenly in March of 2009, three weeks before the start of the new season as a result of the equally as sudden pullout by Honda Motor Co. from F1 three months before. After six seasons powering the BAR cars as an engine provider, the Honda Motor Co. bought the team and raced under its own name from 2006, only to withdraw entirely from the sport after it said the economic crisis that reduced car sales forced it to cut back and quit Formula 1. Ross Brawn bought the team.
Sebastian Vettel: Formula 1's Youngest Double...
When Sebastian Vettel was called in to replace Robert Kubica at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2007 and finished eighth he became the youngest driver to score a point in Formula 1. Vettel was the test driver at the BMW Sauber team, but he was also part of the Red Bull Energy drink's driver development program. So when Scott Speed was kicked out of the Toro Rosso team before the Hungarian Grand Prix that same year, Vettel was hired to replace him. He moved to Red Bull the following year. Now, Vettel is the youngest double world champion.
Kimi Raikkonen Returns to the Action
Kimi Raikkonen was world champion in 2007. In 2008 he had a bad season while his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa almost won the title. 2009 started out as a very bad season, until Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, and had four podium finishes in a row. He gave this interview just before Spa.

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