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In F1, which tyre to start on if the "fastest time"-tyre is damaged?

During Q3, if the driver loses a tyre due to a puncture, which tyre would he start with in the race the next day? Secondly, if the pole sitter tries to improve his lap time in Q3 and while doing so ...
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Formula 1: the lowest-ranked driver to win the Drivers' Championship in the final race?

At the start of the 2007 season final at Brazil, Kimi Raikkonen was third in the Drivers' Championship table behind Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. He went on to win the Championship by one point....
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What matters the most when it comes to being successful in Formula One?

I've been watching Formula One for the last 14 years. I have seen many drivers who came from the Driver Academies of Mercedes or Ferrari, with championship wins in GP3 and GP2. But when they enter ...
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Formula 1: How does Sprint Qualifying affect the starting grid on race day?

The 2021 F1 season introduced "Sprint Qualifying" (hereby abbreviated as "SQ") in some races as an experimental event during the race weekends (i.e. Monza and Brazil GP). SQ is ...
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What parts of an F1 car are mandatory per rules?

I really wonder, so if I would try to make the simplest, most stripped down but still legal F1 car, what parts are absolutely needed? I'm gonna guess the halo, safety cell and 4 tires are mandatory, ...
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How are driver numbers assigned in F1?

In F1, Drivers have an assigned number. But how are these numbers decided? Is it Drivers Choice? Constructors Choice? Randomly assigned? Also, if the number is chosen, who has first pick?
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Are there official Formula One rules regarding apex disputes, faults in passing and the like?

Is there any official rule book for racing in Formula 1 to determine who's at fault in a racing incident, who has the apex/exit etc? I'm aware there's one describing other things like pit stops, ...
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What is the valuation between different starting positions in auto racing?

I see this question broadly discusses the worth of Pole position in NASCAR, but I wondered if any more of a full mathematical analysis had been performed to determine the "marginal gain" of ...
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In F1 (or other motorsports), how is a lap time counted?

How is a lap time counted in Formula 1 (or other motorsports)? Does timing begin when the front, or middle, or back of the car touches the start/finish line?
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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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What's the (official) motivation for requiring cars to have at least one liter of fuel post-race?

I've read in the news about the rule regarding fuel left Vettel was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have less than the mandatory one litre of fuel required for post-race ...
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Race Start Procedure when everyone pits on Formation Lap

During the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, after the initial start was red-flagged due to a turn one incident, the field started their second formation lap, with all cars on intermediate-wet tyres. It ...
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Why there is no number 13 in Formula 1?

Why is number 13 not used in Formula 1? Is it just superstition? Was the number ever used?
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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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Highest rank in last season without retiring?

With Perez almost not having a drive next year after finishing 4th in the Drivers championship, I wonder: Who are the top 5 of drivers that had the highest rank of the Worlds Driver Championship in ...
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What happens after a car finishes an F1 race

After crossing the finishing line in F1, how much further ahead do drivers go? Obviously they can't stop right at the finishing line. Are there any regulations here? How do they exit the track? is ...
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Which F1 driver was overtaken after swerving towards his team at the pit wall?

Which F1 driver swerved towards his team at the pit wall, causing him to be overtaken? Other things I remember: He lost the race and his job because of this. It may have been in a Renault. It may ...
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Which Formula One races did Scuderia Ferrari not take part in?

Scuderia Ferrari are the only team to have competed in every season of the Formula One World Championship since its inception in 1950. However, during the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix, the 1000th F1 race, ...
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Is it just me or when driving down the pits, the pit wall will always be on the left?

I think at every track, when you are driving down the pit lane, the pit wall will always be on the left, and the stands on the right. Am I right on this? If I am, is there a logical reason why it ...
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Under what circumstances were F1 teams allowed to re-use old chassis built by other teams?

It used to be the case that new F1 teams could re-use outdated chassis designs built by other teams, however I'm confused about the circumstances under which they could do so. In 1992, Andrea Moda ...
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Is car racing faster our slower at night in general?

Nowadays, many car races happen at night, for instance Bahrain F1 GP tomorrow, the 29th November. There are several factors that differ in such case, like temperature, light outs for drivers. In ...
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Assymetrical setup in modern F1

Back in the day (60's, 70's and 80's) F1 cars could have assymetrical suspension setups — packers, dumpers, springs, camber, anti-roll bars etc... — which makes sense: in Imola you are mostly turning ...
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How does an F1 driver become slower with age?

I have never understood clearly how an F1 driver loses pace as they grow old, I understand it has to do with instincts & reflexes getting slower but these drivers do have telemetry data, So Seb ...
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What are the widest tires to be used in F1?

Along with several aerodynamics and chassis weight regulation changes, the 2017 F1 season introduces wider tires. 2016 Front/Rear tire width: 245mm / 325mm 2017 Front/Rear tire width: 305mm / 405mm (+...
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Naive questions about the Engine of a Formula1 Car

I'm not very familiar with engines and how they work. I know what "cc", "hp", "V6", "turbo" and the like mean, but I ignore how their correlation can improve (...
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What decides where you are in the pitlane, and is there an advantage that could be got depending on where you are in the pit lane?

In F1, the teams currently seem to be stacked where Mercedes/ferrari are early in the pitlane, and Williams is at the end. How is the order of teams decided for the pitlane, and is a position ...
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What is the coldest Formula One race ever held?

With the announcement of three new F1 races in Europe during October and early November, there's been a lot of discussion about the potential for those races to be unusually cold - especially the ...
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When was an open face helmet used for the last time in open-wheel car racing?

As for Formula 1, the last time an open face helmet was used was during the 1974 Swedish GP by Leo Kinnunen, and the last time it's been used during an official F1 weekend was at the 1975 Monaco GP by ...
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When 'Lapped cars can overtake' can you unlap yourself more than once?

With Latifi being 5 laps down at the end of the race, I wonder... if a Safety Car came in, and at somepoint 'Lapped cars may overtake' could Latifi have came back his 5 laps or would he unlap himself ...
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Why is the start/finish line halfway down the grid?

In F1, it would be simple enough to have the Start/Finish line (the line where the lap is counted) be the line in front of pole position, but for a weird reason the line is down the grid, somewhere ...
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F1 Styrian GP 2020 first lap incident

In the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix 2020, Leclerc collided with Vettel during the first lap. Why was Leclerc blamed for this collision in the press? It did not seem like it was intentional.
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When was the last 'clean' race?

When was the last 'clean' Formula 1 race? A 'clean' race is one in which all cars that made a time in qualifications ended the full race (they did not retire or receive a DNF or DNS).
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What are the exact dimensions of Silverstone?

I'm trying to create a model of Silverstone and need the exact dimensions of the track. I need the lengths of everything and the angles and sizes of every corner. Does anybody know where this can be ...
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Why do F1 drivers move towards the pit wall at the end of the race?

On the last lap, at the start-finish straight, just as they are ending the race, F1 drivers (especially those at the front) move their car off the racing line towards the wall. I'm guessing that they ...
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What's the best refuelling strategy in Formula 1?

I'm interested in how race strategy changed during the refueling eras. Say we have a 60 lap race, you could pit on lap 20 and 40, or you could pit on lap 21 and 42. I wanted to see which strategy ...
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Why are Formula 1 tracks usually oriented clockwise?

In other sports, for example track and field athletics, the track is always oriented counter-clockwise. Why aren't Formula 1 tracks oriented similarly? (Maybe it's just me, but I find it much more ...
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Why are the practice sessions called "free" in Formula 1?

Free practice is a widely used term in motorsports, but I specifically wonder what "free" means in Formula 1. I've some choices without any reference. Is it related to drivers, car parts, number of ...
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How can F1 teams be competitive if they produce engines for each other?

There are several aspects I don't understand about teams who build engines for their competitors. Take for example Mercedes AMG who build engines for other teams like Sahara Force India, Williams ...
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Why is there no American team in Formula One?

As far as I remember, even since the 90s, mostly European teams were racing in F1. Is there any specific reason? Or is it just that Americans do not care about F1 because they have IndyCar, drag ...
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What is the record for winning a Formula 1 race by leading least number of laps?

What is the record for winning a Formula 1 race by a driver who has lead the least number of laps in that race? For example: if one driver has been in position 1 for the entire race but on the last ...
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Can the official fastest lap of a race be set in the first lap in F1?

Actually there are many reasons that make the cars slower in the first lap of a race. Cars accelerate from 0 kph Traffic is at maximum Tyres are not at ideal temperature (still soft tyres can perform ...
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How much does a Formula 1 car really cost?

I have come across several websites claiming that the Formula one car components prices are known and the total price for a car is in the $12-15 million. The websites I'm referring to are like this ...
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Is there a website where one can watch past f1 races?

Is there a website, like an archive where one can watch past f1 races? for instance monaco grand prix 2004?
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Best Chassis in F1 cars [closed]

I have read that recently last year that Red Bull racing cars have the best chassis. How do we analyse the chassis of an F1 Car? what is the science behind the best chassis and the worst?
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Five red lights in F1 - When were they introduced and do they bring any advantage?

I'm wondering. The 5 red lights, that light up 1 by 1 for the start of the race, and then the race starts when they all shut down. When were they introduced? And are there any advantages to the five ...
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What would happen in Formula 1 if a stateless person wins a Grand Prix? [closed]

There are about 12 million stateless people on Earth. What would happen if one of them wins a Formula 1 Grand Prix? What anthem gets played?
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In F1 classification, what is ON?

I saw that on reddit. On thye official clasisfication for the Grand Prix, the second to last column is 'ON'. Seems to be something relating to laps, but I can't figure out what. So what is ON in ...
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How does the effectively-free pitstop work during the safety car?

In Formula 1, in the event of a safety car appearing, you often see cars racing to the pits in order to get a pit stop which is effectively free. How does this circumstance result in the pitstop ...
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Fastest Lap: Qualifying vs Race

Fastest laps are classified as the fastest time set around a particular race track during a Grand Prix, however, due to the new fuel rules in F1 that banned mid-race refueling, some of the fastest ...
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Why are curbs used in motorsport?

In many motor sports, there are often curbs placed along the parts of the track where the driving line runs close to the edge of the track. This allows the driver to drift off the track slightly when ...