behind Formula 1
  • Behind F1 general
    Bonneville 05-06Heat in Formula 1Honda research
    In 2005, B.A.R had an attempt at setting an F1 Land Speed Record.It is the extreme heat that turns a dream job into really tough work.HRD, home to some of the world's most advanced engines.

    Honda windtunnelLogisticsMcLaren tech centre
    Success or failure in F1 governed by aerodynamic performance.Being in the right place at the right time with 32 tonnes of material.The McLaren Technology Centre north of Woking, Surrey, UK.

    Michelin F1 historyOperation pitstopRain - adapt to win
    Six months after making its F1 debut, Michelin scored its maiden victory.The Toyota pit crew comprises 20 people.Today it's about getting the most accurate weather forecasts possible.

    The race engineerThe numbersToyota F1 production
    The role of the Race Engineer into sharper focus.Number crunching: top-class motor racing as a numbers game.The introduction of Toyota Production System techniques.

    Life without traction controlMcLaren 2007 in numbers Pit Stop to Pedal Power
    The class of 2008 are getting the chance to show their car control skills thanks to the elimination of traction control. With all the racing of 2007 finished it is time to reflect on the numbers.
    The Lisbon Downtown, mountain biking’s equivalent of the Monaco Grand Prix.

    Lenovo for AT&T Williams Renault from '77 to '07 Test it!
    Lenovo announced the successful installation of a powerful supercomputer for AT&T Williams. Silverstone, the place where it all began for the Formula 1 world championship in 1950 – and for Renault’s F1 adventure in 1977.When it comes to safety and technology, nothing is left to chance in Formula 1 – there is far too much at stake for the teams.
  • Understanding Formula 1
  • Safety F1
    Formula 1 safety belts Driver ClothingSafety car

    The safety belts are key elements that give the driver security and, in an emergency, protect him directly from serious injuries

    Formula 1 owes its high safety standards also to the consistent enhancement of the helmets and racing overalls.

    If there is a dangerous situation in Formula 1, the race director sends the safety car onto the track.

    The 2008 safety cars   
    With the new Official F1 Safety Car and the new Official F1 Medical Car, Mercedes-AMG, is launching into the 2008 Formula 1 season.   


  • Formula 1 technology

    In the tough struggle for crucial seconds in Formula 1, aerodynamics play a fundamental role.

    Expensive carbon-carbon composite rotors are used instead of steel or cast iron.

    The cars are constructed from composites of carbon fibre and similar ultra-lightweight materials.



    Engine 2006

    For a decade F1 cars have run with 3.0 litre normally-aspirated V10 engine.

    The term downforce describes the downward pressure created by the aerodynamic characteristics of a car.  

    The teams will only be allowed to use eight-cylinder engines with a maximum cubic capacity of 2400cm3.

    Exploded view of a F1 car 

    F1 vs MotoGP technique

    Steering Wheel, Brakes, Driver’s Seat and Tyres 

     While Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix at the wheel of the Honda RA106, Nicky Hayden rode the Repsol Honda RC211V to world championship glory. Formula 1 is a highly complex sport, where many elements of man and machine combine to strive for peak performance. But what is the story behind these details?


    Gears and transmission


    The fuel used in F1 cars is fairly similar to ordinary gasoline, albeit with a far more tightly controlled mix. Formula One cars use semi-automatic sequential gearboxes with six or seven forward gears and one reverse gear.This carbon fibre safety cell is virtually indestructible and plays a key role in the safety of Formula 1.


    Scrutineering, what is being checked 

    Shell Fuels Ferrari Title Hopes

    Grand Prix cars and the cutting edge technology that constitute them produce an unprecedented combination of outright speed and quickness for the drivers.

    Every raceweekend scrutineering checks are being held, but what is really checked? You will be amazed at the amount of details the technical delegates are looking into!

    Fuel is a subject often discussed in Formula One circles, but nearly always in relation to its weight and repercussions on speed.

    Steering wheel


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    The driver has the ability to fine tune many elements of the race car from within the machine using the steering wheel.By regulation, the tyres feature a minimum of four grooves in them, with the intention of slowing the cars down.Engineering a Formula One car can be a frustrating business. Long hours are spent producing intricate pieces of industrial art, which are then inserted into a box and hidden from view.

  • Drivers
    Jarno Trulli, a man of many passionsRacing and relaxing with Ralf SchumacherFranck Montagny, a passion for life
    Jarno enjoys success off the track as well as on it, with a young family and a growing wine business. Ralf Schumacher was born into racing and the Panasonic Toyota Racing driver retains his youthful love of speed, even in his 10th year of Formula 1.Franck Montagny approaches everything with his own brand of enthusiasm.

    Jarno Trulli, Vintage racerFormula One Drivers Fitness Life Away from the Circuit
    Jarno Trulli escapes the pressures of Formula 1 by retreating to his own private vineyard in the Abruzzo region of his Italian homeland.F1 teams have become more and more aware of the importance of keeping drivers in top physical and mental condition in order to enhance the global team performance. The job of being a Formula 1 driver does not stop with developing and driving the most sophisticated racing machines on the planet.


  • Tracks
    Brooklands, the first trackCornersThe Formula 1 pitlane
    Seldom has a single location been the scene of so much sporting and engineering history: Brooklands – the mother of all race-tracks.On every track, the corner the drivers pay most attention to, and which commands the most interest from the fans, is the first corner after the race begins. Races are won – and sometimes lost – in the pit lane.

    Layer by LayerRun-off zonesTaming the Mean Streets of Monte Carlo
    layersrunn offmonaco
    The surface itself is criticial, as it influences the grip of the cars as well as the erosion of the tyres. Generous run-off zones help reduce the speed of a car that has come off the track, while tyre stacks absorb the impact energy of the car when hit.For nearly 80 years, the Monaco Grand Prix has challenged drivers to tame the tight and twisty streets of a race track which winds its way through the second smallest nation on earth.

2011 Driver table

  1. 0 Sebastian Vettel 
  2. 0 Fernando Alonso
  3. 0 Mark Webber
  4. 0 Lewis Hamilton


2011 Constructors table

  1. 0 RBR-Renault
  2. 0 McLaren-Mercedes
  3. 0 Ferrari
  4. 0 Mercedes GP


Need to know

  1. Formula 1 lexicon
  2. Without Traction Control
  3. Logistics of Formula
  4. Rain - adapt to win