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Why was Max Verstappen not required to start on his Q2 tyres in the Hungary GP?

The (Q2 tyre) rule was dropped for 2022: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-regulations-update-confirms-removal-of-q2-tyre-rule/8313153/ The FIA has confirmed Formula 1 drivers qualifying inside ...
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What's the (official) motivation for requiring cars to have at least one liter of fuel post-race?

It allows for sufficient samples of fuel to be taken after the race to confirm that it complies with regulations. From an autosport.com article: The FIA needs that much fuel because initially it ...
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Driver with the longest time between F1 race starts

Not quite. Jan Lammers started the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix on July 3rd 1982, and left the sport at the end of that season. He then returned for the end of the 1992 season and started two further races, ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

After winning the 1952 and 1953 World Championships, Alberto Ascari only finished 25th in the 1954 Championship. He failed to finish any of the four races he entered that season, and his only points ...
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Which Formula One races did Scuderia Ferrari not take part in?

After having this question in my head for months, I decided to consult Wikipedia's comprehensive table of Ferrari's results. The 25 races in which Ferrari did not compete at all were: Ten of the 11 ...
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Why are cars allowed to unlap themselves during safety car period?

There is another purpose to this rule besides lapped cars being mixed up between the leaders. Consider this example: We are in the 2nd half of the race. Two drivers (let's say, Hulkenberg and Perez)...
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When has a driver been penalised for deliberately driving into another?

There are a few other examples of drivers deliberately driving into each other or simply crashing for their own gain or their team, however the punishments were always quite inconsistent. So I have a ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

After Alberto Ascari, the following champions also faced their worst campaign on next season. Alberto Ascari - 25 - 1954 Juan Manuel Fangio - 14 - 1958 Mario Andretti - 12 - 1979 Jody Scheckter - 19 -...
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In F1 classification, what is ON?

The "ON" column shows which lap that driver set their fastest lap. E.g. Hamilton set his fastest lap of 1:32.764 on lap 53.
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Can the official fastest lap of a race be set in the first lap in F1?

Yes, the first lap is valid for setting the fastest lap. Before anything else, it's worth mentioning that the starting line and the finishing line are not at the same position because the finishing ...
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When has the driver who won most races in a season not been champion?

A similar case happened during the 1982 season, where five drivers (Didier Pironi, John Watson, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux) shared the most number of wins with two wins each, while the ...
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Why did/do F1 racing teams wear face masks?

They're not facemasks but fire resistant clothing, in particular balaclavas. Refuelling an F1 car has always been a slightly risky business - moving a highly flammable liquid around at high speed in ...
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In F1 why does the checkered flag appear when the driver has not finished and is further down in position?

The reason for that is simple. The race is over for any car crossing the finish line line after the winner and they cross the line in the order of cars on the track, which isn't necessarily the order ...
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What would happen if a team made a pitstop in less than 2 seconds?

I don't know where you read this, but it's not quite accurate. What was happening before - and what the FIA have outlawed for 2022 - is that teams were using automated systems to predict when each ...
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Why do F1 drivers move the wheel so much?

An F1 car driven on the limit is often very close to crashing, oversteer is the main risk for the driver. Oversteer is where the car wants to "swap ends" as there is so much power going through the ...
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Safety Car vs Virtual Safety Car

From Formula 1 Official Website. The VSC will primarily be used when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of the track, but the circumstances are not such to warrant the safety ...
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With the blue flag rules, how are you meant to unlap yourself?

I will answer this from the perspective of Formula 1 as I am most familiar with that formulae. In F1 you are perfectly entitled to unlap yourself and it does happen from time to time. The blue flag ...
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What are scrubbed tyres?

"Scrubbed" tires in F1 parlance are ones that have done a short number of laps (perhaps one run in qualifying for example but not enough to be worn out). They will have been through a heat cycle and ...
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What will happen to an F1 team if they exceed the budget cap for a season?

TL;DR Depending on the severity of the breach, and assuming that it is Red Bull who are the guilty party (I don't think it's official that they are the team under investigation but the rumour mill is ...
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When has the driver who won most races in a season not been champion?

It happened in 1967. Jim Clark won four of the eleven Grands Prix but Denny Hulme was the eventual champion with only two wins. This is in part due to Jim Clark failing to finish four races, while ...
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How is the relegation of pole position driver managed in F1?

The only time pole positions are counted in a driver's statistics in F1 are when they are officially classified in the race starting grid on pole position. One good example would be Michael ...
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Were the super-hard tyres ever actually used?

No. It was never offered or wanted. Even the Hard compound was only offered once, and the Medium in barely more than half the races of the season. For each race (alphabetical) the compounds (hardest ...
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Why do F1 drivers move towards the pit wall at the end of the race?

There's definitely no rule precluding being overtaken on the last lap / corner; it's all fair game (yellow "no overtaking" flags permitting in the event of an incident). Drivers simply do this "for ...
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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?

A team's position in the pit lane is determined by where they finished in the championship the previous year. The defending champions have their pit boxes at one end of the pit lane (which end varies ...
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How does an F1 driver become slower with age?

I'm going to address the general question of what causes drivers to get slower with age, and not the specific example you mention (that of Vettel). As Greg noted in the comments, an F1 driver's ...
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Formula 1: the lowest-ranked driver to win the Drivers' Championship in the final race?

It has never happened that a driver who was 4th or further before the last race has won the Formula 1 Driver's Championship. Below, you can find a list of situations in which the winner had a reduced ...
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Fastest Lap: Qualifying vs Race

By comparing a qualifying lap time to a race lap time, you are not comparing like for like. In qualifying, the teams turn up their engines to give maximum performance. It is not possible to do this ...
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What is calculated when they show the pit stops times in F1?

The times given there are the lengths of time the car was stationary in the pit box, apparently being measured using high speed camera footage. While obviously an impressive achievement to perform a ...
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F1 teams to win their first grand prix

That would be Wolf, at the 1977 Argentine Grand Prix. I admit I had to Google to confirm my guess. Source
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When was the last 'clean' race?

As of June 2018: the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix Prior to the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix, only five races had finished with a full house. That list includes the 2015 Japan Grand Prix, where Felipe Nasr did ...
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