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Formula 1 season with highest number of DNF's?

I'm interested in knowing, which Formula 1 season had the most number of DNF's (Did Not Finish)?
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Will the Halo protection system improve safety in F1?

The FIA announced in July 2017 that the Halo device will become mandatory for the 2018 season. My question is will this help safety or hinder it? The concern being that it could affect the driver's ...
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What is the allowed tolerance for a jump start or is it a hidden rule?

FIA said that Valtteri Bottas' start movement in 2017 Austrian Grand Prix was within the tolerances allowed, however we were not enlightened on the tolerances. I saw the following sentence in an ...
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Why are cars allowed to unlap themselves during safety car period?

As FIA indicates in Article 39.12 (sporting regulations 2017), lapped cars may unlap themselves once cars were lined up behind the safety car. 39.12 If the clerk of the course considers it safe to ...
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When has a driver ever been penalised for deliberately driving into another?

In the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 25th June, Sebastien Vettel appeared to deliberately drive into Lewis Hamilton while they were behind the safety car. Vettel was subsequently given a 10 second ...
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Why do F1 drivers move the wheel so much?

When driving other types of car, drivers usually turn the steering wheel smoothly. Sudden jerking movements are generally only needed to recover from mistakes. In F1 the drivers constantly turn the ...
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F1: Mandatory tyre compounds

My question is pretty straightforward. FIA tyres and wheels regulation states: Pirelli nominate two mandatory sets for each car for the race (which can be of different compounds) and one further ...
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F1: economic damage because of crashes?

When car crashes occur in Formula 1, cars suffer obvious damage. Are there any economic "fines" to pilots who are recognized to be the cause of accidents?
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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 each ...
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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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What is the role of the person escorting and recording the driver during the interview? [closed]

In the formula 1 after the race finish and they interviewing the driver, they are escorted by a person recording the interview. What is that role position? And why they need it? Are they afraid of ...
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When has the driver who won most races in a season not been champion?

This season could be interesting if Hamilton wins the final race of the season and Rosberg finishes 2nd or 3rd as you would have the unusual situation where the driver with most wins during the season ...
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Safety Car vs Virtual Safety Car

In modern F1, race neutralization via Safety Car is done in two variations, the traditional SC Period, where the Safety Car actually goes out on track and collects the entire field to form a slow-...
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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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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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How are race stewards selected in F1?

Aside from Charlie Whiting, the FIA Race Director, the race stewards who look at and deliberate on on-track incidents are apparently not the same every weekend. There have been races where I hear the ...
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Spoken languages in team radio

I can recall moments from a few years ago when Fernando Alonso would be communicating with his race engineer Andrea Stella in either Italian or English, or sometimes even a mix of both, and they'd ...
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F1 Penalty for “Causing a collision”

In the recent Austrian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg was adjudged to have caused a collision with Lewis Hamilton. He was penalised 10 seconds (added to his race time) which in effect meant he lost nothing,...
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F1 Tyre Regulations for 2016?

Is my understanding of the new tyre regulations for 2016 correct? This season sees teams/drivers given three tyre choices for each grand prix: one prime and two option tyres, with the second option ...
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How is the relegation of pole position driver managed in F1?

If the driver who received the best time in qualifying is relegated to a "lower" grid position (for example for the change of the transmission or of the engine, etc.) what changes about the statistics ...
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Is the Concorde Agreement still in effect?

In Formula 1 the Concorde Agreement set forth a division of money from TV rights all the way to how much power individual teams had along with a special component for Ferrari where they could veto ...
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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 ...
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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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Does KERS in F1 cars cause sparks?

I'm watching the Abu Dhabi GP and I keep seeing sparks coming out from behind the cars. Maybe it's more clear because it's in the evening and it's dark, but the commentator doesn't say anything ...
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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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Is there any difference between racing driver and formula 1 driver? [closed]

I want to know if is there any difference between a racing car driver and a formula one driver? Have a look at the 2 images I have attached, both from Google. Against the name of Massa there is ...
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Formula One and Indy Cars

What are the main specific differences between F1 and Indy cars. Such as weight limits, engine restrictions, fuel, etc.
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What constitutes the “engine” in the Formula 1 per-season engine replacement limit?

I'm not necessarily talking about the "engine" vs "power unit" debate with the new energy recovery systems and whatnot, though that is part of the problem. I'm more interested in the realm of the ...
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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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What does “corrected time” mean in Formula 1?

I was watching an old formula one race (Imola, 1994 to be specific). At some point, Michael Schumacher was behind Gerhard Berger on the track. But the race narrator said that due to this "corrected ...
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Why have the Williams F1 team changed their livery and branding recently?

I have noticed that the Williams F1 Racing Team have shed the Martini branding this last race (and maybe the race before as well; I don't recall). It's nowhere to be found on the car, the racing ...
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How do companies get their logos on racing cars?

Do the companies provide parts for free (or with heavy discounts) in exchange for having their logo on the car? Or do they pay to have their logo on the car, and if so, can a car use Pirelli tyres ...
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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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What made Mercedes faster than all the other F1 teams in 2014?

What did Mercedes do in 2014 to become half a second faster than their closest rivals in each lap? Does it have to do with aerodynamics or the engine? What are the speculations at least? Did they ...
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energy efficiency of the 2014 Formula 1 cars?

How much more energy efficient are the new 2014 Formula 1 cars compared to the 2013 cars?
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Does the new f1 double points rule apply for all places?

From formula1.com: Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season - Abu Dhabi for 2014 - in order to maximise focus on the championship ...
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Formula 1 Free practice without a super licence

Formula One drivers must have an FIA Super Licence, but what about (young) drivers who take part only in free practice sessions? Are they allowed to drive without the license?
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F1 Safety Cars & Medical Cars

Why are there two safety cars and two medical cars at every Formula 1 race? Bernd Mayländer only drives one of them...
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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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How does FIA enforce the Formula 1 testing ban?

Formula 1 has this rule of banning off-season (Apart from the official F1 approved tests at the end of February or the start of March) and in-season testing. This is done mainly to reduce costs to ...
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Formula 1: KERS and DRS

Over the past couple of seasons, overtaking in Formula 1 has moved from sheer car power and driver skill to also include technology like KERS and DRS. What exactly are these KERS and DRS? How does it ...
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Who benefits from FIA fees and fines?

Frequently we see fines being levied in Formula One (for example, for unsafe pit lane releases, a team or driver may receive a fine of several thousand dollars such as Mercedes earlier this year). I ...
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Why does safety car start at the end of the racing grid?

During the start of a Formula 1 race, the safety car is positioned behind the cars, and it starts together with them. Why is that (why does the safety car not wait outside the track like it does for ...
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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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How are the number of laps in an F1 race determined?

The number of laps in a F1 race seem to differ wildly. Obviously the length of each lap varies from circuit to circuit, but how are the number of laps for each race decided? Additionally, is this ...
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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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