Share Part science, part dark art - a decent strategy is essential to the business of winning races. Or, indeed, losing them. The basic variables of the equation are simple enough: But from then on, it gets vastly more complicated.
Formula One was a new formula agreed upon after World War II duringwith the first non-championship races being held that year. The first world championship race was held at SilverstoneUnited Kingdom in A championship for constructors followed in National championships existed in South Africa and the UK in the s and s.
Non-championship Formula One events were held for many years, but due to the increasing cost of competition, the last of these occurred in However, Fangio won the title in, and His record of five World Championship titles stood for 45 years until German driver Michael Schumacher took his sixth title inhis streak interrupted after an injury by two-time champion Alberto Ascari of Ferrari.
This period featured teams managed by road car manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benzand Maserati ; all of whom had competed before the war.
They were front-enginedwith narrow tyres and 1. The and World Championships were run to Formula Two regulations, for smaller, less powerful cars, due to concerns over the paucity of Formula One cars available. Mercedes drivers won the championship for two years, before the team withdrew from all motorsport in the wake of the Le Mans disaster.
The iconic British Racing Green Lotus, with a revolutionary aluminium-sheet monocoque chassis instead of the traditional space-frame design, was the dominant car, and inthe team broke new boundaries, when they were the first to carry advertising on their cars.
Byall regular competitors had switched to mid-engined cars. The Ferguson P99a four-wheel drive design, was the last front-engined F1 car to enter a world championship race.
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It was entered in the British Grand Prixthe only front-engined car to compete that year. This proved to be the greatest technological breakthrough since the introduction of mid-engined cars.
DuringLotus painted an Imperial Tobacco livery on their cars, thus introducing sponsorship to the sport. Previously, the circuit owners controlled the income of the teams and negotiated with each individually; however Ecclestone persuaded the teams to "hunt as a pack" through FOCA.
In return for the package, almost all that was required was to surrender trackside advertising. Bya BMW turbocharged engine achieved a flash reading of 5. To reduce engine power output and thus speeds, the FIA limited fuel tank capacity inand boost pressures inbefore banning turbocharged engines completely in Lotus began to develop a system of active suspensionwhich first appeared during on the Bythis system had been perfected and was driven to victory by Ayrton Senna in the Monaco Grand Prix that year.
In the early s other teams followed suit and semi-automatic gearboxes and traction control were a natural progression.
The FIA, due to complaints that technology was determining the outcome of races more than driver skill, banned many such aids for This resulted in cars that were previously dependent on electronic aids becoming very "twitchy" and difficult to drive particularly the Williams FW Many observers felt the ban on driver aids was in name only as they "proved difficult to police effectively".The biggest problem there is in Formula 1 is the LOOOOng waiting to the next racing weekend.
Have great fun, the more you learn the faster you get to know more than the god/bad “experts” at the television stations microphone to comment to you. Race strategy Share This was because the car could run substantially quicker on a lower fuel load (with less weight to carry around) and using the grippier, but less durable, soft tyre compounds.
The move to a single tyre supplier in forced teams to once again re-evaluate their race strategies, in light of all their rivals running. Part science, part dark art - a decent strategy is essential to the business of winning races.
Or, indeed, losing them.
The basic variables of the equation are simple enough: fuel load and tyre wear. But from then on, it gets vastly more complicated. Racing Strategy in Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Complexity Miniproject Proposal A race in F1 consists of a set number of laps around a circuit. Each driver has a choice of two types of tyres with different performance and wear characteristics, both of which must be used during the race.
So the first emphasis is on getting the car right before the race begins. The race itself is a different story. When it comes down to race strategy Formula One teams are not entirely the real masters of their own destiny on Sunday afternoon. Succeeding in Formula 1 is now all about the cycle of racing, measuring, analysing, developing, and then continually repeating this process, head of Technical Partnerships at Aston Martin Red Bull.