Everything you always wanted to know about Formula 1 without ever daring to ask!
All lovers of thrills are welcome to the French Formula 1 Grand Prix even those who aren’t dyed-in-the-wool aficionados. Here is some basic information for those who are a little less au courant of the world of Formula 1!
- Formula 1 is the blue-riband category in the world of motor sport. It’s where the best drivers in the world do battle using the most-advanced technologies.
- The Formula 1 World Championship was created in 1950 by the FIA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) based on a tradition that began in France. In fact, the first grand prix in the history of motor sport was held on our territory in 1906. This gives the French Formula 1 Grand Prix a very special legitimacy.
While it’s the oldest grand prix in the history of motor sport, the French Grand Prix disappeared from the Formula 1 calendar in 2008. We had to wait for the impetus provided by the GIP to see its revival.
- Ten teams are entered for the Formula 1 World Championship. They are either manufacturers making series production cars like Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault or specialised outfits dedicated to Formula 1 such as Williams, Force India, Red Bull Racing and Sauber, for example.
- A Formula One race has an estimated 305 km racing distance (except Monaco and its 260 km). The number of laps depends on each specific track’s length. The maximum duration of a grand prix can’t exceed 2 hours.
- Since 2014 the technical regulations have obliged Formula 1 cars to use hybrid power units with two energy recuperation systems, one linked to braking and the other connected to the exhaust. Thanks to these systems the current crop of single-seaters achieves power outputs of up to 900 bhp!
- All the teams are not obliged to produce their own power units: these are supplied by four manufacturers, Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari and Honda.
- Not just anybody can become a Formula 1 driver. Before being awarded a super licence drivers have to meet certain minimum criteria in terms of results.
- F1 drivers are now free to choose their race number that they keep throughout their career. The world champion can decide not to use the number 1, which, up till now, was traditionally reserved for the reigning champion.
- At each Grand Prix, the top ten finishers score points towards both the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, according to the following scale: 25 pts for the winner, 18 for the runner-up, 15 for the third driver on the podium, then 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 for the last classified competitor of the Top 10.
- The 2018 F1 calendar hosts 21 races across 5 continents : Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America and South America.