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Formula 1 Jargon Explained…

F1Newbie.com’s Glossary of Names, Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations from the world of F1 has just passed 500 unique entries…

A work in progress with the final cut expected to feature over 600 entries, all available to scroll through, search or click links as they appear underlined in our content.

The intention is to provide simple and concise information to help explain the sport to new or emerging fans. There are countless sources of detailed information for anyone seeking deeper dive… 

Visit our glossary – here

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2023 Calendar, Guides and Tickets

Formula 1 and the FIA have revealed the calendar for the 2023 F1 season, which will feature 24 races spread out over the year.

Formula 1 is set for its busiest season ever in 2023, as the FIA have confirmed a 24-race calendar and the schedule for the upcoming season.

2023 F1 Calendar – Dates, Tracks, Guide and Tickets*

  1. 5th March 2023 – Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)  –  Guide  –  Tickets
  2. 19th March 2023 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah)
  3. 2nd April 2023 – Australian Grand Prix (Albert Park, Melbourne) – GuideTickets
  4. 16th April 2023 – Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)
  5. 30th April 2023 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit)
  6. 7th May 2023 – Miami Grand Prix (Miami)
  7. 21st May 2023 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Imola)
  8. 28th May 2023 – Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo). –  Guide. –  Tickets
  9. 4th June 2023 – Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya). –  Guide  –  Tickets
  10. 18th June 2023 – Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal). –  Guide  –  Tickets
  11. 2nd July 2023 – Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)
  12. 9th July 2023 – British Grand Prix (Silverstone). –  Guide  –  Tickets
  13. 23rd July 2023 – Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest). –  Guide  –  Tickets
  14. 30th July 2023 – Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps). –  Guide. –  Tickets
  15. 27th August 2023 – Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort). –  Gude. –  Tickets
  16. 3rd September 2023 – Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
  17. 17th September 2023 – Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay). –  Guide. –  Tickets
  18. 24th September 2023 – Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
  19. 8th October 2023 – Qatar Grand Prix (Losail)
  20. 22nd October 2023 – United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas)
  21. 29th October 2023 – Mexico City Grand Prix (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez) – GuideTickets
  22. 5th November 2023 – Sao Paolo Grand Prix (Interlagos)
  23. 18th November 2023 – Las Vegas Grand Prix (Las Vegas)
  24. 26th November 2023 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)
*There are many places to purchase your F1 tickets. We provide a link to gootickets.com for information concerning availability only. Please do your own research before selecting your supplier. 
 
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Can max take the title in Singapore? You Vote

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Max Verstappen will get his first opportunity to claim the 2022 F1 World Championship at the Singapore Grand Prix, as he looks to extend his winning run and mathematically end Charles Leclerc’s chances.

Having won 11 races so far this season, and the last five on the bounce, Red Bull driver Verstappen heads to the Marina Bay Street Circuit 116 points clear of Ferrari rival Leclerc, with teammate Sergio Perez nine points further back.

Simply put, to wrap up the title in the city-state – and add to his 2021 crown – the Dutchman needs to outscore Leclerc by 22 points, Perez by 13 and Mercedes’ George Russell by six.

Under the current F1 points system (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 and a bonus point for fastest lap) it means there are various permutations to consider for the Singapore round – albeit with a Verstappen title win relying on trouble for the nearest competitor Leclerc.

Text from formula1.com, read their full take – here

 

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Max Verstappen’s Orange Army

Max Verstappen’s Orange Army dressed in the national colour of the Netherlands is a prominent sight at every race weekend, but none more than the driver’s home race at Zandvoort.

They have also taken to letting off orange smoke bombs which cover the stands and often the track (apparently the TV cameras make the smoke appear thicker than it is). 

The Dutch driver was born in Belgium, but the Netherlands are home as that is where he spent most of his childhood. He drives under a Dutch super license. 

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Pit boards, why do they still exist?

Pit boards in F1 are the oldest and most reliable form of communication between the squad and their drivers, used to inform a driver quickly about their race status. Such as the number of laps remaining, position, and the delta between them and other drivers.

So, with the advanced telemetry and communication that F1 teams use today, why do pit boards still feature trackside?

Does anyone care to comment?
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Halo in action

When Formula 1 first introduced the halo back in 2018, there were a lot of discussions leading to worldwide debate over its aesthetics and potential effectiveness. 

Since then, it has pretty much ‘disappeared’ into the design of the cars and has been attributed to several saves. Most notably, when max and lewis tangled in 20XX, Roman Groseans fiery crash in 2019 and most recently Zhou Guanyu’s terrifying flip and slide at Silverstone in 2022. 

Watch grandstand footage of Zhou Guanyu flip and sliding at over 200 kph through the gravel trap, over the safety barriers and into the catch fence

 

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The corners of the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

The following test is an extract from the Spa-Francorchamps website. You can see the original article – here

La Source, also called the hairpin Source corner, is is turn 1 and designed in a U shape, it is the slowest corner on the circuit. It draws its name from the various water sources in the region and particularly in the Spa area.

Le Raidillon…. de l’Eau Rouge is a stream that runs under the little bridge at the foot of the Raidillon. The sequence of movement is considered the best triple challenge in the world with incredible skills needed for the approach and to stay on the road. 

Kemmel. The Kemmel ascent leads from the Raidillon to the Combes corner via a long ribbon of tarmac characterised by a slope and a curve which is taken on easily to the max. 

Les Combes. The chicane of Combes, a small incised valley or gorg, is a highly technical part of the circuit. A quick right-left punch opens up the bend to the right which determines the speed at the moment of approaching the descent toward Bruxelles. 

Bruxelles is a bend curving to the right which seems to be never-ending. 

The double left of Pouhon is a major challenge on the circuit. After a straight line of descent, the Pouhon is negotiated at dizzying speeds. 

Fagnes. The double bend of Fagnes is approached at very high speeds as it follows a small right line after a very fast double left. The name used refers to the Fagnes (fens) region as the village of Francorchamps is located there.

Campus. The Campus corner is a fast curve bending to the right, and its name comes from Campus Automobile adjacent to the track. 

Paul Frère. Paul Frère was the greatest racing driver and journalist of all time. 

The double left of Blanchimont, which holds onto its eponymous village name, is a double bend that is particularly difficult to negotiate given the speeds attained. 

Chicane.The last challenge to approach is a slow corner in an S which in the old days, was known as the “Bus Stop” there used to be a bus stop there. The right-left is particularly tight and negotiating it with good timing is essential, not only to end a fast lap in optimal conditions but also to start the next one well.

 

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Sebastian Vettel car names

Since making his F1 debut in 2007, Vettel has named his car ahead of the new season, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari and Aston Martin included. 

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 See these images and much more about Sebastian Vettel on his website – here

It should be noted that he has not named his AMR22 saying that it is not yet fast enough to deserve a name. Hopefully, that changes in the second half of the season. 

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F1 committed to Net-Zero Carbon by 2030

In 2019 Formula 1 announced its commitment to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2030 as part of its wider Sustainability Strategy. They set ambitious targets from “factory to flag”, and key members of the sporting community including Teams, Race Promoters, Partners, Suppliers, Broadcasters, the FIA and many more are rising to the challenge and are contributing to our carbon reduction goals.

(Text and images are taken from formula1.com, July 22 – view original article here)

F1 is developing a 100% sustainable fuel, which will be used in F1 cars from 2026, in line with the introduction of the next-generation hybrid engines – the drop-in fuel has huge potential to be adopted in road cars globally.

With eight years to go, we are racing towards our target and aiming to show the next generation of fans how innovation and teamwork can tackle the challenges of our time.

F1 100% Net Zero 2030 – formula1.com

Sustainable fuels

After developing the most efficient hybrid engine in the world, F1 is also driving solutions for sustainable fuel. In 2026, 100% sustainable fuel will be introduced to power the next-generation hybrid engines in F1

The fuel is already in development with support from key stakeholders within F1 including the FIA, Aramco – an F1 Global Partner, fuel providers in the sport, the F1 teams and manufacturers.

Whilst racing fuel represents less than 1% of our emissions, sustainable fuel is the area where F1 can have the greatest effect on the global transportation sector

The fuel has purposely been designed with a ‘drop-in’ feature to help accelerate adoption and reduce costs for use in existing road cars (both internal combustion engines and hybrids).

Carbonio action

Since our Net Zero commitment, we have taken a number of actions to reduce our carbon footprint including:

  • In the past 3 years, we have introduced remote broadcast operations, which has enabled us to reduce freight.
  • Redesigned our freight containers that enable more efficient aircraft to be used.
  • Transitioned to 100% renewable energy in our F1 offices.
  • Delivered our first carbon-neutral broadcast production at Silverstone in 2021 and aim to earn this accreditation again in 2022 while applying the lessons learned to further races.
  • Achieved the highest Sustainability Management accreditation awarded by the FIA (3* accredited)
  • Issued guidance to all our Race Promoters to help assist them in best practices when running a sustainable event looking at key areas such as energy, plastic & waste, wellbeing & nature and local fan travel

What’s to come

While we have already made huge changes to create a more sustainable sport, there is still much more to come:

  • Taking action to regionalise our calendar which will help improve freight and travel logistics – this will be an ongoing process in the years to come to ensure that we are travelling efficiently as a World Championship
  • Exploring carbon reduction measures for fans travelling to Formula 1 events
  • Working with F2 and F3 to trial sustainable fuels with their ability to test solutions at a pace
  • Sharing the carbon reduction activities from across our sporting community to ensure that everyone understands how the wider sport is coming together to set and achieve our Net Zero goals
  • Continuing to switch to more efficient logistics and travel arrangements from air, sea, and land
  • Continuing to review our processes as the standards for carbon reductions evolve at pace to ensure that we are at the forefront of this key area

To find out more about the science behind sustainable fuels and our most recent ESG updates – click here.

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