Formula 1 has been the fastest regulated class of racing globally since 1950. Drivers must follow a set of rules, which originally inspired the word “Formula” in the F1 name.
Formula 1 cars utilize aerodynamic downforce to create an agile, rapid driving experience that fans love watching. With a record top speed of 231.4 mph, these cars are designed to go fast as the power lies in their weight ratio. In 2016, the same driver who achieved the top speed, Valtteri Bottas, reached another record while warming up: 234.9 mph.
As of publication, Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most F1 wins ever, with 103. The British driver ties with Michael Schumacher for the most Drivers’ Championships, with seven. In 2022, Max Verstappen achieved the most wins in a single season, with 15.
With the changes to Formula 1 in recent years and the addition of a wing, which helps drivers overtake competition, racing has become even more exhilarating. There are even ways to purchase these expensive cars at auction for superfans of the sport.
Though the cars are exceptionally fast, plenty of Formula 1 safety technologies protect drivers and spectators. These advanced technologies improve safety as well as other elements of F1 racing. For example, the cars are much heavier than you’d think but remain speedy and powerful due to their designs. One undeniable aspect of Formula 1 is that it’s exciting and fun to watch.