Formula 1: What You Need To Know

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Can you believe it? It’s been 10 years since Formula 1 first landed on our shores.The Formula 1 has brought much buzz around the city state in its inaugural year (Have you seen our race car decked in red, white and black bottle caps, positioned at the front of the hotel?), and is still a talking point for many. After all, we are the first night race stop where all the dashing young F1 drivers race down the street circuit at full throttle under the night sky!Life-sized bottle caps race car_Royal Plaza on ScottsThe annual extravaganza will be back in a couple of weeks’ time, and I am guessing most of you have been chasing news of concert line ups for this year’s performance at Zone 4 - Padang. Here are some lesser known facts about the F1 race that you should know about!
  1. Drivers have exceptionally thick necks
No kidding!  This is very true as drivers have to withstand strong G-forces or in layman terms, forces of acceleration, as they race at lightning speed while maintaining an upright position throughout the 2 hour odd race. As such, neck workout is an obligatory part of training. This is one way to identify a F1 driver!thick neck 1 cr Mirror UK Photo Credit: Mirror UK
  1. Drivers lose up to 4KG per race
With surrounding temperatures reaching about 50 degree Celsius from the engine (not forgetting the heat in Singapore can be pretty merciless at times), it is definitely a feat as drivers have to wear two layers of clothing, followed by one fire-retardant, and finally, their racing suit. Additionally, the drivers’ hearts are beating an average of 150+ beats a minute during race that you wouldn’t be surprised that they lose so much calories and water weight. 4KG seems possible after all…water cr MotorSporting Photo Credit: MotorSport Magazin
  1. Drivers cry as they brake
Imagine a supercar racing at a speed equivalent to that of an airplane at cruising speed suddenly grinding to a halt… At such extreme speed, the sheer impact resulted from a braking force of equal magnitude would induce water from the drivers’ tear ducts.Engine cr. autosport Photo Credit: Mirror UK
  1. The track is 4 times brighter than a football stadium
Racing in the night will require more than just our streetlights as the F1 drivers will need to race with absolute clarity. As such, 1500 lighting projectors are fitted along the track, making the circuit four times brighter than the average football stadium!Street Ciruit Light cr. Formula 1 Photo Credit: Formula 1
  1. Manholes are welded shut
I call manhole the circle of death. Just because loose manholes rolling down the street circuit after being lifted out of its position from the high speed of such supercars can kill oncoming drivers.If you have been following the F1 news lately, during a practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, a manhole was hurled towards McLaren’s Jensen Button from the strong force generated from the supercar of Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg as the latter was roaring up the hill. Thankfully, Button came out unscathed. This is why the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) put in place strict regulations on manholes being weld shut during races, and countless inspections are made before and after practice sessions as well as on race days.manhole cr. Mirror UKPhoto Credit: Mirror UK
  1. Just one race and F1 engines are deemed obsolete
The F1 engines are the Bad Boys of all car engines. They are the most superior ones with the sleekest inner parts but they can only last one race as F1 engines can run up as high as 20,000RPM (revolutions per minute). With a higher RPM used for prolonged durations during race, these Bad Boys are bound to generate tons of friction which wear down the engine terribly fast.Manhole cr. Crash Media GroupPhoto Credit: Crash Media Group

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