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Understanding F1: The Tech Tricks Behind The World's Fastest Sport

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Understanding F1: The Tech Tricks Behind The World's Fastest Sport

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Nov 15, 2012
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Formula 1: It’s the most thrilling, intriguing and action-packed sport on the planet. It’s also the most technologically advanced sport and therefore one of the most easily misunderstood.
In Understanding F1, Fraser Masefield uses the 2012 races to explain the technological innovations that helped make this season such a classic.
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Nov 15, 2012
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9780973449563
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Fraser Masefield has written about Formula 1 since the 2000 season, when he edited the official websites for the Williams F1 team and BMW Motorsport. Since then, he has worked on some of the world’s leading sport and motorsport websites including Autosport, ESPNF1 and Eurosport. Fraser gained a Masters degree in journalism in New South Wales, Australia, and currently lives in London, England.


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Introduction

I love Formula 1. For me it is the most thrilling, intriguing and action-packed sport on the planet.

It has a diverse range of characters and plots that twist and turn as much as a Robert Ludlum novel or the Monaco Grand Prix circuit itself. The F1 story is a sometimes sordid one, complete with in-fighting, sackings and espionage — and everyone in the audience has their own heroes and villains. F1 is also the most technologically advanced of all sports and therefore one of the most easily misunderstood. With rules and regulations that change every season, it is difficult for even the most ardent of fans to keep up with the latest developments, let alone the casual observer.

What is it about Formula 1 that makes it so difficult to stay on top of? It is, in effect, a microcosm of the entire world of automotive technology. From the early machines of the first championships in the 1950s to today’s state-of-the art vehicles, the sport has been witness to huge leaps in technology. Cars have evolved from drum brakes, 4500cc front mounted engines, manual gear shifts and an almost complete lack of safety features to carbon brake discs that heat to the same temperature as lava, 2.4 liter V8 engines churning out 770 hp and featherweight carbon fibre chassis that can withstand the most rigorous of crash tests. It all adds up to a modern F1 car that is more akin to a fighter jet than it is to your own road car.

This season, I’ve sought to enlighten AskMen’s readers about what makes Formula 1 so special by way of explaining the technological advances that make the crucial difference between winning and losing. And what a season it has been! This year’s championship has been more dramatic than any other in recent memory. We’ve seen eight different winners in the opening eight races, the rise of Lotus, the fall of Michael Schumacher, the Romain Grosjean smashes and a three-way title battle that has gone right down to the wire. And there’s no doubt that the fast-wearing Pirelli tires, the double DRS Rear Wing System (pioneered by Mercedes) and a raft of other technological innovations have contributed to making this season an absolute classic.

If you have been following the story of 2012 season with me on AskMen, I hope you enjoy re-living the action. If you haven’t, you’re about to find out what’s made this season such a special one.

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Australia

Qantas Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park

Melbourne, Australia

18 March, 2012

Podium Finishers:

Jenson Button

 Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton

With every new Formula 1 season comes new drivers, new regulations and new opportunities for teams. Anticipation and excitement run high among competitors and fans alike, and everyone is eager to make their predictions for the long season ahead. But while no amount of pre-season testing can indicate what will happen in the debut race, often the results of the preceding qualifying trials — which determine which drivers will start the race at the front of the pack — can. So when 2012’s qualifying sessions in Melbourne ended with Jenson Button lined up alongside teammate Lewis Hamilton to form a McLaren front row, and the previously dominant Red Bulls sitting at only fifth and sixth, many forecasted an opening-race victory for the Woking-based McLaren team. A newly adopted rule would thwart those expectations.

Formula 1 is unlike almost any other sport in that it is constantly changing. Its natural evolution is accelerated by external forces (technology and global and economic situations) and by an internal force known as the FIA. The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) is F1’s governing body, which oversees all rules and regulations. And they are quite fond of changing the rules… frequently. While it’s very rare to see radical rule changes in football, hockey, golf or tennis, in F1 racing, blink and you’ll miss one.

During last year’s 2011 season, Red Bull dominated proceedings. Many credited their dominance to a number of technological innovations, including

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