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25 Январь 2012

Some Important Facts about Formula1 Racing

When we say the word F1, the first name that pops into everyone’s mind is Michael Schumacher. He is a German by origin and had an eleven-year spell with his Ferrari. Schumacher won his first Driver?s Championship in the 1994 and also won six of the first seven races until a gearbox failure left him stuck with his fifth gear and hence finished second.

A little fact that we know when it comes to most F1 drivers is that all of them at some point of time or the other drove karts at their early phases of their motor sport careers. There are some of these champions who have become F1 champions.

Kart racing is a modification of open wheel motor sport with a small, open, four wheeled vehicles called Karts. Kart racing is generally considered economic form of motorsport available on four wheels. It is generally performed by everybody. Likewise, Schumacher also starting karting at age the age of four. His father had kart, for which he modified its pedal by adding a motorcycle engine. When he crashed into a lamppost his parents took him to the karting track at Kerpen-Horrem and he was the youngest member there. According to the German regulations, it generally takes 14 years to obtain a Kart license. However, Schumacher was able to obtain a license at the age of 12 old in Luxembourg. In 1983, he was able to get his German license after which he won a lot of Karting championships. He started his career as a Formula 1 racer when he signed with Willi Weber’s in the year 1989, which was a three member team.

Like Schumacher, other F1 racers also have their own history of coming into the racing. All these racers have started their career in racing at a very young age due to the fact that they all are considered highly conditioned athletes in the world. All F1 drivers are required to keep their physical fitness at a very high level. Unlike any other sport, the formula one driver loses about 3 kg of their body weight during a course of a race. That is because of the amount of heat that sustains in the cockpit and as the race progresses the heat becomes intense and the strain on the body also increases.

The drivers need to exercise themselves to keep their heart in fit condition. Although, exercises like swimming, cycling, running help, most racers prefer cycling or roller-skating. Apart from this, they need to keep their neck and chest muscles strong, since they need to sustain the cornering forces. The neck needs to strong because of the helmet they wear throughout the race. Strong arms help them control the car better over a longer race. I get a lot of inspiration by watching F1 races on my cable connections powered by Verizon FiOS TV.

Some of the famous F1 teams are RBR-Renault, McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault, Force India Mercedes, Sauber-Ferrari, STR Ferrari, Williams-Cosworth, Lotus Renault, HRT-Cosworth and Virgin-Cosworth. The F1 hall of fame started from the year 1950. It?s almost 60 years now and a lot of drivers have contributed to the Drivers Championship. Nino Farina, Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, John Sutees, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Jackie Stewart, and Emerson Fittipaldi were some of the oldest racer who won their Drivers Championship until 1974. The racers who won their championships from 1974 to 1994 are James Hunt, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost. Michael Schumacher won his title in the year 1994-1995 and once again from 2000 to 2004. The Champions from 2005 onwards are Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button. Finally the champion for 2010-2011 is Sebastian Vettel.

Stuart enjoys watching Formula 1 race on his Verizon FiOS TV and also likes to share his experience.


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