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Formula 1: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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 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.
Scuderia Toro Rosso: Former Minardi F1 Team...
Toro Rosso was built on the base of the Minardi Formula 1 team after the Red Bull energy drink company bought it in 2005 as the second team in its F1 empire. In fact, Toro Rosso means Red Bull in Italian. But not long after the Austrian company bought the team, it sold half of the shares to Gerhard Berger, the former Formula 1 driver, who took over the job of directing the team. By 2008 it won its first race, and Red Bull bought back Berger's shares to own the team 100 percent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fernando Alonso: The Youngest Double World...
Name: Fernando Alonso Born: July 29, 1981 in Oviedo, Spain Team: Ferrari Height: 5'6" Weight: 150 lbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Force India Drivers Discuss the Malaysian Grand...
The Force India Formula 1 team drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella discuss in a podcast their results at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Breed of Super Fan in the Exclusive F1 Paddock
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Physical and Mental Strain of F1 Race Travel
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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.
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.
Zak Brown Talks About Sponsorship in Formula 1
Zak Brown is the chief executive and founder of Just Marketing International, a marketing and sponsorship agency that caters exclusively to auto racing around the world, including the Nascar and Formula 1. An American trying to make it in Europe as a racing car driver in the early 1990s, he found his own sponsors and soon started doing the same for other teams and drivers, founding JMI in 1995. JMI has become the biggest auto racing marketing company in the world, with 130 staff.
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.
"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.
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.
The Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur is a...
The Malaysian Grand Prix started in 1999, the first of a new crop of races that would eventually spread across Asia and the Middle East as Formula One expanded around the world far from its European base.
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.
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.
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 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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
Rainer Schlegelmilch On His Long F1 Media Career
Rainer Schlegelmilch, 70 in 2011, is the doyen of Formula 1 photographers, having attended more than 570 Grands Prix. He attended his first race as a photographer in 1962 and celebrated his 50th visit to the Italian Grand Prix in 2011. A German, his photos appear in magazines and newspapers around the world, and he has published several photo books and worked as an advertising photographer. Although he always worked as a freelancer, he has retired from advertising photography, but continues to travel to a majority of the Formula 1 races.
Stars 'n Cars: Glitz and Glamour in the F1...
There has long been a mutual love affair between Formula 1 racing and movie stars, with their glamour and glitz. Here's the story behind the glitz of paddock life.
U.S. Grand Prix on Fox Sports and on Speed
The U.S. Grand Prix will be shown on Fox Sports and on Speed for the 2007 edition.
BMW Sauber Drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert...
After winter testing and before the 2008 Formula 1 season began, BMW Sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica spoke about their thoughts on the new car, season and Formula 1 in general.
FIA Talks of the 2014 Engine Rules
The International Automobile Federation changed the rules concerning the Formula 1 engine, for instigation in 2014. At the time of the rule change the FIA produced a Q&A telling the reasons behind this change, and details of the new engine.
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.
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.
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.
Gille Villeneuve's Ferrari Owned by Nick Mason
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. Page 6.
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.
Alexander Wurz: The Articulate, Technically...
Alexander Wurz has had one of the most unusual careers in racing, starting as a child cycling star and then moving to Formula 1 in 1997 at the age of 23. After four seasons at Benetton he joined McLaren-Mercedes as a test driver, filling in during one race, in 2005, before joining Williams as a test driver the following year. From there, the Austrian made one of the biggest career turnarounds, by joining Williams as a full time racer for 2007 - at the age of 33 and after six seasons testing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Fernandes Discusses His Revival of the...
Tony Fernandes, 45, is a Malaysian entrepreneur who was educated in Britain and began his career at Virgin Records and then Warner Music. In 2001, he bought an ailing government-linked airline and turned it into the profitable budget airline AirAsia. In 2007, he started Tune Hotels, a no-frills hotel business. Fernandes is president of the Asian Basketball League and in 2009 he revived the Lotus Formula 1 team.
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.
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.
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.
Martin Whitmarsh Discusses the European Grand...
Martin Whitmarsh discussed the McLaren Mercedes team's results at the European Grand Prix of 2008 in a team debrief.
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.
History of the United States Grand Prix
It's been a long history for Formula 1 and the United States, with many of the great stories of the series written on race tracks across the country, at a total of nine different locations. The most recent chapter, from 2000 to 2007, unfolded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2012 the series staged a new U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
History of German Grand Prix
Although only a few German drivers have made their mark in the series, the German Grand Prix is as steeped in the history of Formula One as those of the other leading countries, Britain, France and Italy.
Alain Prost Talks About His Role at Renault
Alain Prost, 57, is the second-most victorious driver in Formula 1 history, with 51 victories, behind Michael Schumacher of Germany, who holds the record of 91 victories. Racing from 1980 to 1993, with a sabbatical in 1992, Prost won four drivers' titles, which is more than any other driver except Schumacher, who has seven, and Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five in the 1950s. Prost's battles with the Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who died in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola in 1994, were among the most famous in the sport's history. After he retired from racing, Prost started his own team, called Prost, which ran from 1997 to 2001, without a victory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Webber Discusses His First Formula 1 Victory
Mark Webber won his first ever race in Formula 1 at the German Grand Prix of 2009 driving a Red Bull, after starting in the sport at Minardi in 2002. He spoke about the first victory two days afterwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Roller Coaster of the Monaco Grand Prix Track
It is the slowest and the shortest track of the year for the world's fastest, most technologically advanced racing cars. But the roller-coaster ride through the streets of Monaco is also the track that in many ways appeals most to the greatest racing drivers in the world.
The ING Renault F1 Car Launch Was an Opportunit...
Formula 1 team car launches have become large annual events that kick off the new year, if not exactly the new season. The Renault car launch in Paris in January 2008 was a typical example of the genre today. Renault uses F1 to sell cars, so it took the occasion to introduce the new Twingo. Page 8.
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.
Mark Webber: Australian Eternal Hopeful Takes...
Australian driver Mark Webber enters a crucial year in his career as he joins the Red Bull team in 2007. After five years in F1, Webber, 30, will partner David Coulthard, one of the most victorious drivers still racing. Webber has outraced all of his teammates, but always seemed to be at the wrong team at the wrong time, or, as in the case of Williams, the right team at the wrong time.
The Bridgestone Tire Company's Formula 1...
Since 2007 the Bridgestone Tire Company is the only provider of tires to all of the Formula 1 teams. Headquartered in Japan, the company makes the tires in Asia and transports them to its base in England before sending them to the tracks around the world. Bridgestone technicians work on the tires at the track throughout the weekend, and engineers take notes to develop the tires for future races.
Circuit of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The Abu Dhabi circuit, on Yas Island, in 2009 became the site of the first “twilight” Formula One race, beginning in daylight and ending in darkness.
Monaco's Port Serves as the Paddock Area
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most glamorous motor racing event in the world. Each year it attracts the stars from up the coast at the Cannes Film Festival and beyond. Taking place in the narrow streets of the principality in the south of France, the race has a completely different atmosphere to any other race in its paddock and the harbor next to the paddock and track. On the Wednesday before the race, the motor homes are already set up along the port. Page 10.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is an...
When Formula One arrived in China in 2004, it crossed into the last of the big frontiers that had remained closed to it, culturally and economically speaking.
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.
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.
Force India: A Country Increases its Formula 1...
The Force India F1 team grew out of the Spyker team, which grew from the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2007 by the Indian financial tycoon, Vijay Mallya, the team is seen as a first step toward a greater involvement by India in Formula 1 racing. This should culminate in an Indian Grand Prix by 2010.
Shanghai International Circuit
The Shanghai International Circuit, where Formula One has been racing since 2004, is the biggest, most ambitious of any of the series venues. It is also the third circuit in the first four races this season that was designed by the Grand Prix racetrack architect Hermann Tilke. And for many people, it was the one that went a little too far.
Nick Heidfeld on His Future at BMW Sauber
Nick Heidfeld spoke about his success in the first races of the 2007 F1 season before the Bahrain Grand Prix. Heidfeld, who drives for the BMW Sauber team, finished the first two races in fourth position, and then finished fourth again in Bahrain, after this interview. Heidfeld discussed rumors that he wants to change to a new team next year, perhaps Toyota.
Crashed And Byrned: The Greatest Racing Driver...
Tommy Byrne was an Irish racing driver in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He rose from a poor family and no education or motor racing connections to win several British and European open-wheel championships all entirely based on talent alone. Several of these championships were won the year before Ayrton Senna won the same. But where Senna became the most famous racing driver of his generation, Tommy Byrne failed to make the cut in F1. This is his story as to why.
Rob White Talks About the Renault Engine...
Rob White, an Englishman, is deputy manager director of Renault Sport F1, which is based in Viry-Chatillon, France, and which provides engines to four Formula 1 teams, including Red Bull, which has won the constructors' titles in the past two years.
Bruno Senna Talks About Joining the Williams Team
Bruno Senna joined the Williams team as a full-time F1 driver for 2012. It is the same team at which is his uncle, Ayrton Senna, drove when he had his fatal accident at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1996. Upon signing with the team in January 2012, Senna spoke with a Williams team person about joining the team.
F1 Pit Stops are also Part of Racing Strategy
Unlike most other sports, in motor racing the driver briefly hands the race over to his team when his car is serviced during the pit stop. Good pit-stop strategy and execution can help a driver overtake a rival; a bad stop can lead to disaster.
Martin Whitmarsh Discusses the Bahrain Grand...
Martin Whitmarsh discussed the McLaren Mercedes team's results at the Bahrain Grand Prix of 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers Wrestle With Mental Challenge to Win...
Formula 1 drivers must be fast on the track. But the mental game and challenge they have in trying to win the title is equally as important and trying.
Michael Schumacher Looks At His Life After Racing
Michael Schumacher discusses with Brad Spurgeon his shift to a new life after retirement from motor racing. Page 2.
How to Sign Up for Advance Ticket Sales to the...
The Circuit of the Americas, home of the U.S. Grand Prix, has set up a waiting list to buy tickets for the race and all events at the race track outside of Austin, Texas. Here is how to apply.
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.
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.
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 Spoke to the Press at the ING...
Formula 1 team car launches have become large annual events that kick off the new year, if not exactly the new season. The Renault car launch in Paris in January 2008 was a typical example of the genre today. Page 9.

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