F1 is the pinnacle of open wheel, single seater car racing and arguably the highest level of any motorsport globally.... There's more... how to… Whether it was binging Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a documentary series produced in a collaboration between Netflix and Formula One to give... There's more... through Covid lockdowns, an increase in social media presence or talk around the cooler at work, something has sparked your interest in F1. And now you find yourself daunted by a hugely complex sport, entwined in copious rules and riddled with strange jargon.
F1newbie noun Definition of newbie Informal : a person who has recently started a particular activity : BEGINNER, NOVICE, NEWCOMER... There's more....com is here to help you find your way, answer your questions and unravel the jargon. Our goal is to do this in short, simple and concise bites.
So what are you watching?
We’ll explain the sport in the next post, but here we’ll talk about what you’re not watching and how to best engage with the sport.
While you see ten teams and 20 drivers take to the track, you need to understand that they are not all equal and technically, they are not all competing against each other. The The field is a reference to the full grid of cars, from pole to the backmarkers. Consider it in the... There's more... tends to default into three groups, the leaders, the midfield and the Backmarker is the name given to the drivers at the rear of the field when they are about to be... There's more.... So, in 2022 the fight at the front was between Red Bull Racing, also simply known as Red Bull or RBR and competing as Oracle Red Bull Racing in 2022,... There's more..., Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. is the racing division of luxury Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari based in Marinello, Italy The 2022 Ferrari... There's more... and Mercedes-Benz, a brand of the Mercedes-Benz Group, has been involved in Formula One as both team owner and engine manufacturer... There's more.... The midfield was hotly contested between Alpine F1 Team, competing as BWT Alpine F1 Team, is a Formula One constructor which made its debut at the... There's more... and McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing team, under the Marque of the Mclaren Group, based at the McLaren... There's more... and then a decent gap to the rest.
How do you watch it?
Pick a team and choose a OK, so we all know what the driver is, right. I've always liked the description that F1 drivers are like... There's more... (they don’t need to be in the same team). Work out who they are competing against and remember, a driver’s number one competition is his teammate. This is because they are in equal cars and their performance is measured against each other.
Engage with your driver, watch their interview, follow their social and listen to a podcast (A podcast for every F1 fan, whether you are an F1Newbie or dedicated follower... Formula 1's fastest stars slow down... There's more...) and as you ‘bond’ to your team(s) and driver(s), you will naturally become more engrossed. And you will be surprised about who will respond to your comments and becomes your new F1 buddy.
I support McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo is an Australian born F1 driver with Mclaren Racing. View Daniel's full profile - here There's more... (2022) but cheer for Max at the front of the field. Nearer the back of the field, I always favour the A rookie is a driver participating in their first season of a particular class. So a driver's first full year... There's more....
Media commentary and interviews will provide a great insight into how the weekend is shaping up, what is expected and what variables might impact the weekend.
Free Practice consists of three sessions (FP1, FP2 & FP3) held prior to qualifying. It is referred to as 'free... There's more...
Free Practice will give you a good idea of where the car sits going into Qualifying (Quali) is a one-hour session used to determine pole position and the order the cars will line up behind... There's more... and how the teammates are placed. The results here are only indicative as the times recorded are affected by the team’s run plan – Fuel Loads - Fuel weight is a significant factor in a car's performance. The car and driver have a minimum... There's more..., Slang for Aerodynamic Aerodynamics is the science of controlling how the air behaves as the car cuts through it at... There's more... adjustments, long run and short run.
Qualifying is where you will see the cars at their absolute fastest, over 300kph. The pace exhibited here can only be sustained for one or two laps at a time. Consider the difference between a 100m sprinter and a 10,000m runners – athletes can’t run the 10,000 at the same speed they can over 100m.
Qualifying is in three parts so as Q1 draws to an end you are willing your driver to be 15th or lower to make it into Q2, then 10th or lower to get into Q1 and then how high up the order they finish becomes their starting position for the race. How did your driver compare to his teammate?
Watch the F1 is a data-hungry sport with numerous sensors monitoring car performance, driver movements and position on the track. In addition,... There's more... times where purple shows the best for the session; green indicates a personal best and yellow shows the sector has been completed but with no improvement. If you are supporting a midfield driver and their sectors are all green, they are improving on their last performance and should improve their position, although this can be short-lived.
An f1 race is approximately 305 km’s or two hours, whichever comes first. The cars will be in the The grid is a reference to the starting order of the race is typically determined by qualifying, however, with the... There's more... for half an hour prior to the start, and at the scheduled start time they leave the grid, in order, to carry out a The formation lap in F1, also known as the warmup lap, is the slow lap drivers take before the start... There's more.... This is the final chance to check the car and warm up the Today's F1 cars are running 18-inch wheels (up from 13 inches in recent years) with the widths unchanged - 305mm... There's more....
Once all the cars are in their At the start of the race, the cars form a grid from the pole position on the start line. The... There's more..., the start procedure begins with a series of five red lights coming on, holding and then going out. The race is underway, and the next key part is the Launch - dual terms... F1 teams lunch their challenger at the beginning of each season, and drivers launch the car... There's more..., followed by an Acceleration is a calculation of how fast it takes the car to go from zero to a set time, usually... There's more... to maximum speed before breaking heavily into the first In formula 1, a corner is much more than a turn on the track, it is a considered and deliberate... There's more....
This is one of the highest risk areas of the race as all 20 cars arrive at the corner at virtually the same time and avoiding a collision while maintaining position, is crucial. The remainder of the first lap is also high risk, and often crashes are noted as “first lap incidents”.
Hopefully, your driver has managed to avoid the chaos and early retirement. Now comes consistency, management and strategy. Teams will have decided before the race what their pit stop strategy will be, but there is always Plan B, C or even D…
Remember, the car’s position is not always its true position as pitstop timing will cause variances.
Formula 1 runs two competitions over the course of the season, the Constructor's title and the Driver's title. Points are... There's more... are awarded to the top ten finishers, and a single point is awarded for the The driver who records the fastest lap in the race may receive the DHL Fastest Lap award as well a... There's more..., provided the driver is in the top ten.
Immediately following the race the top three finishers are interviewed to get their reaction to the race, and the rest of the drivers are interviewed in the The pen is the area where the drivers are interviewed at the end of each session. You will see the... There's more.... They are required to attend, so even if they had a bad day and don’t want to, they must complete their Drivers have to talk to the press. When you see a driver go directly from the track to interviews, it's... There's more....
There are many resources online to get your F1 fix; dive deep into the detail or follow your favourite driver.
Where to watch and follow?
- Formula 1's streaming service, covering all race weekends, streaming all sessions and delivering plenty of off-track content. Watch F1 live... There's more... offers insights, race coverage and interactive content. You can select to follow your driver through his onboard camera – check it out here
- App – the F1 App is a great place to track progress during the session. See what tyres your driver has on, check lap times and listen to radio messages. Access the app here
- Broadcasters – This international sport is broadcast to every corner of the globe. Find your provider here
- Live – You can’t beat being trackside. Read our post on buying tickets here
- Podcasts – As with everything these days there are very informative podcasts. We have some favourites that you can find here
- Websites and Social Media – there are countless. Formula1.com is the starting place; it is comprehensive and always current. The teams and drivers have their own sites and social accounts.
- Films and Documentaries – shows like Netflix, Inc. is an American subscription streaming service and production company. And the creators of Drive to Survive, the behind... There's more... Drive to Survive, Schumacker and Senna.