An F1 car has approximately 80,000 components. The cars have to be assembled with great accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.
The refuellers used in F1 can supply 12 litres of fuel per second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 litre family car. They use the same refueling rigs used on US military helicopters.
Race car tyres don't have air in them like normal car tyres. Most racing tyres have nitrogen in the tyres because nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to normal air. Air typically contains varying amounts of water vapour in it, which affects its expansion and contraction as a function of temperature, making the tyre pressure unpredictable.
Small airplanes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track. However, the downforce provided by their wings keeps them on the track.
An average F1 driver looses about 4kgs of weight after every race due to the prolonged exposure to high G-forces and temperatures.
Juan Manuel Fangio is the oldest drivers’ champion. He was 46 years 41 days when he won his then-record fifth title in 1957
German ace Michael Schumacher holds the record for most drivers’ titles, at seven. He won his first two title with Benetton Renault, then won a further five titles with Ferrari.
- Michael Schumacher