The Ins and Outs of Formula One

The Ins and Outs of Formula One

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Formula 1 300x225 The Ins and Outs of Formula One

There are numerous rules that govern formula 1 race and F1 racing championship. The rules range from technical aspects to common sense rules that ought to govern any motor sport driver. This article looks at the most important rules and how formula one works.

Technical Rules

The Engine
Every season, formula one allows each car to use a maximum of 8 engines. If one feels that he is in need of more engines, he risk being demoted by 10 places from the qualifying position in the subsequent races. The rules are very clear and they demand that every time a new engine is fitted the car must be demoted further .The engine must be 2.4 liter V8s and should have a minimum of 18,000 RPM with a minimum weight of 95 kg.

The Gear Box
Formula one regulation requires that the gearbox should be used for only five consecutive events and must be the same. One can only be allowed to change it after the end of the fifth event. Failure to abide to this rule may lead to a penalty.

KERS
The kinetic Energy Recovery System introduced back in 2011 after a short suspension in 2010 had the ability to store the wasted energy when the car brakes and could be availed for use after the driver presses the control button.

The Drug Reduction System
This is a bodywork formula one regulation which allows the adjustment of the rear wing. This law was introduced way back in 2011 and regulates both qualifying rounds and the practice sessions. This system should only be used when the driver notices that the car is just a second behind another car especially when the predetermined point is considered. This device is normally deactivated by braking and it intends to decrease the drag for the car chasing it and allow for a smooth overtaking. However, the system cannot be used during the two lapses after the starting. It cannot also be used in wet conditions.

Weight
The rules governing the weight require that the total weight of the car and the driver must not be less than 640 kg. Consequently, every team is supposed to build a light car but must then use ballasts which are normally placed in strategic areas so as to meet the minimum standards.

The Race Length
The maximum distance that should be covered in each of the races is 305 km. However all circuits do not have similar lengths. There are races which will have laps that are run over but each of the races must have two hours of racing.

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