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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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