Formula racing is one of the most popular professional forms of car racing. It is open-wheeled, single-seater motorsport. Formula One racing is governed and sanctioned by a world body, International Automobile Federation. The name ‘Formula’ comes from the set of rules that the participating cars and drivers must follow. The vehicles used in formula racing are custom-designed and built and the races are held in circuit tracks which are made especially for formula racing.
The objective of a Formula one contest is to determine the winner of a race. The driver who crosses the finish line first after completing a pre-determined number of laps is declared the winner. Formula One stands at the technological pinnacle of all motorsport. It’s also the richest, most intense, most difficult, most political, and most international racing championship in the world. Most of the world’s best drivers are either there or aspire to be there. It represents excellence in both driving and engineering but is prone to controversy and argument. This perhaps adds to its appeal and feeds the large sums of money television networks pay to show it.
Formula One originated with the European Championship of Grand Prix races. When motor racing first began, there were no limitations on the power or the size of the cars. The races became unequal with cars with more power and bigger sizes easily outpacing the smaller cars. The races also created dangerous situations in which many participants got seriously hurt, some even fatally. But when racing resume they introduced a set of rules that set limits on the size and the power of the cars to prevent any serious harm especially to the drivers.
Safety is high priority in motor sports. Formula One has seen many tragedies in its early days with many casualties that included drivers and spectators as cars crashed at high speeds. Engineers researched using latest technology to build safer cars and gear for drivers. These are the helmets, HANS stand for Head and Neck 경마 support which is to protect the driver’s vertebrae and collision of head to the steering wheel. Lastly is the Clothing, it is a multilayered suit to protect them from fire accidents in case of crash.
Race starts with a warm-up lap, called the formation lap and the pit lanes are opened of this purpose 30 minutes before the actual race begins. Pit lanes are tracks away from the grid and are parallel to the start/finish line. All the cars have taken their positions on the grid, the race begins with the starting lights − 10 red lights in 5 pairs of columns. After all 5 columns are illuminated, they stay in that way for a few seconds and then all of them are extinguished at once and the race begins. The drivers who finish at first, second and third positions at the end of the race stand on a podium and are awarded trophies. A constructor’s trophy is also presented to the winner’s team.