If you’re blown away by the roar of the engines and the smell of hot tyres, and if you know The Iceman, The Professor and The Rat, you are brilliantly apt as an F1 fan. And you are at the right pit stop.
Welcome to the world of ‘Nutty’s Infotainment. YAYS!’
For the “lesser soul”, a Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix (French for “grand prizes” or “great prizes”), which are held worldwide on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The “formula” in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must comply.
Formula 1 is undeniably one of the most technologically advanced forms of sports, with so much attention to detail (and money). Unlike most racing categories, Formula 1 isn’t just about competition between the drivers. It’s about rivalry between the cars, too.
Ripley’s: The average basic cost of an F1 car is $10 million. But don’t forget about the millions that are spent on research and development. It’s quite a pricey machine.
80,000 components come together to build these beautiful monsters. Now this means, the cars need to be assembled with 100.00% efficiency. The car is so powerful, it can go from 0 to 100mph back to zero, within 3.9 seconds. F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing up. That’s the extent to which the engines are pushed to perform. An F1 engine usually revs up to 18000rpm. Small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track.
An average F1 driver loses about 4kg of weight after just one race.
The first world championship race had two titles. Officially, it was the Grand Prix d’Europe, but as the race was held on UK soil it incorporated the British Grand Prix. Unlike today, when the season-opening event is traditionally held in March, the race took place this day (May 13) in 1950.
Rather fittingly for a race attended by royalty (Queen Elizabeth II, with her father King George VI), the participant list had a distinctly aristocratic flavour: a Swiss baron, a Thai prince and a well-known Jazz musician.
Thirty three different drivers have won the Formula 1 Championship with Michael Schumacher still holding the record for the most titles with 7.
Alain Prost versus Ayrton Senna remains arguably, the greatest rivalry to have graced F1, with both men spurred to new heights by the discovery of — and battle against — a true equal.
Horses for courses, as the saying goes, and the same could be said for race tracks.
A combination of a city atmosphere, off-track entertainment and adrenalin-pumping racing… Singapore doesn’t fail to deliver. The race takes place in the evening under floodlights, and has a uniquely thrilling vibe like nowhere else!
Monaco is the place to get immersed in a weekend full of glitz and glamour. Set in a beautiful seaside location in the Cote d’Azur, the circuit hugs the edge of the French Riviera whilst being intimately integrated into the fabric of the city.
Considered the home track of Ferrari, Autodromo Nazionale Monza is known for its charisma and charm. The Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix is raced north of Milan. Perfect to combine your love of motor-racing with your passion for fashion and design. Andiamo!
Your time starts now.
On your marks, get set, screech!!!
In F1, a blue flag may be waved both during the race or practice session. What must a driver do when they see a blue flag?
Slow down and allow the faster car behind them to pass.
Which famous tune is based on a 19th-century work named Gran Vals by Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega?
Who made the famous speech, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”?
The speech, delivered this day in 1940, was Winston Churchill’s first speech to the House of Commons after becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
During Google I/O last week, the company announced that Gboard would soon support Morse code, a move inspired by developer Tania Finlayson who communicates through head movements that are translated into Morse code and then into speech. What is –.- .- – .- .-. in morse code?
What is Triskaidekaphobia?
Fear of number 13.
Nicknamed Dr. M, he recently became the world’s oldest elected leader at 92. Name him.
Which singer was one of the Time persons of the year for 2005?
Bono (Jointly with Bill Gates and Melinda Gates).
What connects Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini?
Mascots of 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Which well-known personality did Mehmet Ali Agca shot at and severely wound this day (13th May) in 1981, after escaping from a prison?
Pope John Paul II. Even though he pardoned him, Agca’s exact motives or who put him up to it are still unknown.
Who is the cartoonist drawing a random doodle? No more clue, please.
(Answer next week. Last week answer to photoquiz: Roger Bannister)