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How would the grid be determined if free practice and qualifying weren't held?

F1 uses a qualifying system in order to determine the starting positions of the drivers before the race. Also, at certain tracks, a sprint race is used to determine the order. I know that if Q3 cannot ...
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Has a team qualified first and last on pace before?

In the Sprint Qualifying for the 2022 São Paulo Grand Prix, Haas' Kevin Magnussen qualified in first place and his team mate, Mick Schumacher, qualified in 20th (last) place. While, admittedly, the ...
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When cars start from the pit lane, what determines when they can start?

When an F1 race start (or re-start) takes place, what determines when cars starting from the pit-lane allowed to start? Is it based on cars on-track or something else? I was thinking of this ...
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Will other teams start breaching the cost cap if Red Bull are not punished for breaching it?

We know that Red Bull has breached the F1 cost cap. The situation has become more and more tense between the top three teams (Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes). The McLaren CEO has also spoken about ...
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Which F1 season had the fewest number of wins by someone outside the top two drivers?

In 2021, 18 of the 22 races were won by Lewis or Max, with the remaining 4 races won by other drivers. Was there a season where there were less than 4 races won by drivers outside the top two in the ...
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Is it hard to reverse an F1 car?

I regularly watch F1 races and what I find interesting is that almost all of the drivers struggle to reverse an F1 car, after a small crash or off-track excursion. The majority of the drivers, when ...
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Does a Formula 1 driver lose their F1 Super License upon losing their normal driving license?

I am aware that a Formula 1 driver requires an F1 Super License. Motorsportweek From having an F1 Super Licence to meeting a weight minimum, there are several aspects Formula 1 drivers and ...
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Most number of drivers penalised prior to a race starting

At the 2022 Italian GP at Monza, 9 racing drivers (Verstappen, Perez, Ocon, Bottas, Magnussen, Schumacher, Sainz, Hamilton, Tsunoda) were issued with grid penalties, to varying degrees, altering the ...
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Can a team change the F1 radio notification sound to another sound?

Basically, when an engineer wants to talk to the driver, we will hear the F1 radio notification sound. Can a team change the sound to a new one, or is it compulsory to use the sound in order to talk ...
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How do racing cars use aerodynamic ground effect?

My understanding is that ground effect works when the ground or other surface interrupts the downdraft thereby reducing aerodynamic drag. With cars, it seems that the explanations I've found describe ...
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What will happen to an F1 team if they exceed the budget cap for a season?

Recently, there were news regarding the Red Bull team where they may have exceeded the budget cap for the 2021 season. I believe that this case is still under investigation. What would happen to the ...
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Has there ever been a season where all the races were won by a single team?

In 2014, there were 19 races and 16 of them were won by Mercedes. Has there ever been a season where one team won all the races?
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What is the season when the title was decided with the most races remaining?

In 2021, the F1 title was decided on the final race of the season, at Abu Dhabi. In 2022, it's possible for Max Verstappen to win the title at the Singapore GP and still have 5 races left. Would this ...
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Why would a high centre of gravity be beneficial under traction for an F1 car?

I’ve been watching a lot of racing recently, and one of the spectators said: a high centre of gravity is beneficial under traction for an F1 car Why is this true? Is it even true?
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How are the three sectors on an F1 track determined?

I know that there are three sectors in each F1 track, coloured red, blue, and yellow. But how is the track divided up into these sectors? Are they all the same length (i.e. if a track is 3km then each ...
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Why the CHC (Montreal Candiens) logo at an F1 Grand Prix race?

During the 1991 British Grand Prix race weekend at Silverstone, U.K., someone was flying a flag with the Ferrari logo that had an additional, shorter flag attached to its edge, as shown in this frame ...
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Can drivers change their tyres during a red flag session?

At the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, the drivers used intermediate tyres at the start of the race, and then a massive collision happened that caused a red flag. The race resumed behind the safety car and ...
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What do the F2 drivers do after winning the championship?

Each year, there will be a new Formula Two champion, but what do they do next? Take for example Oscar Piastri, who won the 2021 F2 championship. and Felipe Drugovich, who seems likely to win the 2022 ...
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Can wind affect an F1 car's speed during qualifying and the race?

F1 engineers really want their car designs to be more aerodynamic and wind-resistant. Some of the tracks in F1 can be cold, hot, or windy, depending on the season and time of day during the race. Can ...
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In the history of Formula 1, when has the fastest qualifier not started the race on pole?

Lewis Hamilton has a 5 place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend, due to having to change his gearbox. Harsh, but that's the rule. He's been on pole for the first two races this ...
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Can, and do, Formula 1 driver contracts forbid transferring to a competitor?

Suppose that after 2023, Mercedes did not renew Lewis Hamilton's contract. Could Hamilton go to another main team such as Red Bull or Ferrari as a driver? Can F1 driver contracts forbid transferring ...
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Driver with the Most Race Wins in a Single Season

With Max Verstappen currently tearing up the F1 Championship by claiming his 9th race win of the season in Spa (BEL), only needs a handful of races to retain his F1 World Championship. With 8 races ...
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Who will put on last of the grid if many drivers get back grid penalty in F1?

At the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix, six drivers are due to start at the back of the grid due to power unit penalties. So, these drivers will occupy places P15 to P20 on the grid. How is it determined ...
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Which F1 driver has won races at the most tracks?

I know that Lewis Hamilton has more than 100 wins, but how many different tracks has he won at? And is he the driver that has won at the most different tracks?. For example, Lewis has won 8 times at ...
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Why is pole position located on the outside of the first corner?

At the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado got pole position in qualifying, and started at P1 on the grid before the race. I noticed that P1, at this track, was on the outside, from the ...
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Is there a F1 race where the fastest lap is quicker than pole position?

We know that drivers give maximum performance during qualifying race without worrying about overheat engine and have lighter fuel. Also, based on 2016 regulation, drivers can open the DRS wing anytime ...
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Where does a F1 team get the tyres they use for shooting commercials from?

The RedBull racing team creates a lot of video advertising, such as this. When creating these commercials, from where do they get the tyres they use? Do they use the leftover F1 tyres that the team ...
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Who has the record for the most consecutive races without a DNF in Formula 1?

So far in the 2022 season, Lewis Hamilton is the only driver that has not recorded a DNF or DNS. Who is the driver with the record for the longest streak of race finishes in Formula One?
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How does the constructer points awarded in F1 2022?

Here is the image that I took from the conclusion of the Budapest 2022 F1 race. What do I understand is that the constructer points awarded based on the race position finished plus with fastest lap ...
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Will the fastest time in dry weather be deleted when the weather changes to rainy?

Imagine that in Q3, Valteri Bottas is the first car to release to the track and takes his first lap in dry weather while the other 9 drivers still not haven't got into the track yet. Then, after ...
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What is the largest winning margin, in seconds, in an F1 race?

In an F1 race, when the leader dominates a particular track, the gap between the winner and 2nd place can be really long in terms of seconds. What is the largest gap, in seconds, between the winner ...
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Why have so few women competed in F1?

The list of women competing in Formula One is extremely short. Since we are seeing women teams in a whole lot of sports nowadays, F1 remains an outlier. Unlike in other sports, there does not seem to ...
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Why was Max Verstappen not required to start on his Q2 tyres in the Hungary GP?

This article (in Dutch) cites Max Verstappen deliberately choosing to start today's (July 31st, 2022) Hungary Grand Prix on soft tyres, rather than hard ones: "Met de harde band zou dat nog veel ...
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Has anyone ever taken pole position without setting any fastest sector times?

During qualifying for the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen very nearly took pole position despite not setting the fastest time in any of the three sectors. (Other drivers had gone faster than ...
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What will happen if the wing flap does not close after passing the DRS zone?

In some races in 2022, Max Verstappen had problems with his DRS and was unable to open it. My question is, what would happen to the driver if the wing flap cannot be closed due to mechanical error ...
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What would happen if a team made a pitstop in less than 2 seconds?

I think I read a thread saying that this season (2022), F1 pitstops must be at least 2 seconds and cannot go lower. I think that this gives a disadvantage to Red Bull since their pitstop timing is ...
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Who is the winning constructor for a particular race?

When the podium ceremony is held, the top three drivers are up there along with one team principal. I assume that the team principal is that of the winning constructor for that particular race. Let's ...
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Porpoising controversy at Canadian GP [duplicate]

I had earlier posted a question in Sports Stack Exchange on porpoising (Porpoising and FIA simulations) Recent controversy on this matter during Canadian GP in the form of a technical directive by F1 ...
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How can a non-expert in F1 know about the downforce of the track?

Just by seeing the layout of the F1 track, is it possible to know if it is a low downforce or high downforce track? For any new track layout (recently concluded Miami GP), how do F1 teams know if it ...
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Were the super-hard tyres ever actually used?

For the 2018 F1 season, Pirelli introduced two new tyre compounds - the hypersoft, and the super-hard. For 2019, the compound system will be simplified so that at each race they'll simply be known as "...
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Which driver has the most wins at a specific venue?

Lewis Hamilton has 8 victories at the British GP. Is there any driver that has more than 8 victories at a specific venue?
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What year had the most champions racing in Formula 1?

During 2021, there were 4 champions competing in F1: Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, and Alonso. There are also 4 champions competing in 2022: Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen, and Alonso. I want to know ...
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Why do some F1 tracks still have gravel?

In F1, in order to slow down cars, some tracks have some sort of gravel, such as the German Grand Prix, while some tracks have red and blue strips, such as the French Grand Prix. The gravel is a far ...
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What does a pace of "28.9" or "28.1" mean?

I like to hear the conversations between the engineer and the driver. One of the conversations they have is talking about the pace. For example, when Checo asked for his and Max's pace, his engineer ...
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Do lapped cars need to finish the remaining laps?

Consider that the leading car has finished the race, and there are a few cars that have been lapped. Do those drivers need to finish the remaining laps, or do they just need to finish the current lap ...
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In F1 why does the checkered flag appear when the driver has not finished and is further down in position?

Why does a driver in (say) 13 place have a checkered flag but positions 4-12 have no flag yet?
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What are the maximum points that an F1 driver can achieve in 2022?

We have 22 races, and three of the races have a sprint race. So, here is my calculation: 22 main races = 25 points (first place) x 22 = 550 points 3 sprint races = 8 points (first place) x 3 = 24 ...
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How have Red Bull and Ferrari managed to overcome the 2022 car problems but not Mercedes?

It seems like a major issue of 2022 Formula 1 cars is porpoising but what is more interesting is, how have Red Bull and Ferrari managed to overcome this problem, and what have they done differently ...
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Can drivers pit in the sprint race if the weather changes?

The F1 sprint races have no mandatory pit stops, and drivers racing flat-out to the chequered flag. But what if there is a sudden change of weather during the sprint race? For example, let's say they ...
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Which car is faster? F1 2021 or F1 2022

We saw that Mercedes has porpoising problems on their 2022 car, but in 2021, the vehicle dominates the circuit like Redbulls. Let us consider that Lewis Hamilton uses a 2021 car to compete in 2022, ...