Let’s get acquainted
Some of you might not be too familiar with Formula 1. That is why we are here to get you acquainted with one of the most popular sports in the world. Formula one has about 550 million people who tune in every year. It officially started on May 13th 1950 with roots in the European Grand Prix Championships of the 1920s and 1930s. Formula 1 superstars include Niko Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who are currently Number 1 and 2 respectively. Guess what?! Both are Mercedes-Benz drivers.
Now that we are more acquainted with the Sport, let’s dig in to the more pressing details.
There is a lot that goes into Formula 1, I mean imagine going between 203mph and 229.8mph while keeping the car under control. That control is the result of a few important factors, here are a few: aerodynamics, brakes, driver fitness, pit stops, tires, etc.
Let’s start talking about tires
If you have a Mercedes-Benz and your tires are worn out, your car could be potentially dangerous. You would lose all of the handling advantages that you benefit from driving a Mercedes-Benz. Now with race tires it’s nearly the same idea, but you are wearing down the tire at a much greater pace at top speeds. You have to change the tires every 37-74miles to be able to continue handling perfectly when cutting through corners. If your tires aren’t in prime condition you could end up crashing!
Next up we have pit stops
Now, pit stops are a vital component to winning a race. This is because if your team isn’t fast enough to change your tires or if they miss something with the vehicle, you could end falling behind in the line-up. These stops are insurance that your equipment is functioning properly.
Importance of the brakes
Braking is super important in F1, because not only does it slow you down, but it also can provide more power. They use kinetic energy which can slow down the car and can also speed it up. Imagine going into a U-turn and braking just enough to catapult yourself out.
It’s all in the aerodynamics
If you ask anyone, they will tell you that the aerodynamics is the most important factor in racing. Aerodynamics is the reason the cars don’t slow down or have very much friction. Every line on a Formula 1 vehicle has a purpose. Aerodynamics also creates a down force to help push the car down and keep it stable and conquer those corners by improving cornering forces. The best drivers understand the importance of this factor for winning.
Fitness of the drivers
Formula 1 drivers are some of the most fit athletes on earth. They undergo a number of tests and programs to make sure they can sustain up to 3.5 g-forces. They have to build up their stamina to be able to race for up to 2hours in taxing conditions. Racers can sweat off up to 3kgs! F1 racers also need strong arm muscles to be able to steer at the high speeds they go at.
Circuit of the Americas
Now that we’ve got your motor running, we should tell you about the Circuit of the Americas which is to take place in Austin, Texas. The track is 3.427mi with 56 laps. The lap record is 1:39.347 by Sebastian Vettel in 2012. This year the Qualifying Rounds will take place on Saturday the 22nd of October and the race will take place on Sunday the at 2:00pm. Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes-Benz has a chance at breaking Michael Schumacher’s record of 5 wins at the Circuit of the Americas; he is only one win away!
This event will feature the ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift! She will be performing a full concert for the first time since ending her 1989 tour in December 2015. She will be performing at the Super Stage during Saturday’s festivities. Everyone who attends the race will have access to the spectacular musical event.