Get some conversation starters and interesting facts on F1 this season by reading this brief guide to Formula 1.
1. Heavyweight champions
In 2017, Formula 1 cars were redesigned to be wider and also faster, by around four seconds, than the cars of 2016.
These changes were an attempt to make the roles of F1 drivers in handling the cars more significant than previous seasons.
However, in 2018, rules changed for the cars to become heavier at a minimum weight of 734 kg, adding 6kg to last year’s regulations.
2. Faster laps
The focus was speed in the 2017 season, and this year has been no different. However, the fastest ever lap recorded in Formula 1 still stands. Set in 2004, the record is currently held by Juan Pablo Montoya, a Colombian driver for Williams. Setting an average speed of over 162mph at Monza in Italy, it is thought the most likely venue for the record to be broken is in Mexico City, due to its high altitude.
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3. Max effort
Exciting and new talented drivers are taking to F1, making the sport more interesting than ever.
Max Verstappen, a current driver at team Red Bull, has become an up-and-coming racer to watch.
At 18 years and 228 days old, Verstappen became the youngest winner of a Formula 1 race in Spain in 2016. If the Dutchman manages to become world champion over the next three seasons, he will become the youngest world champion F1 has ever had. Already with four wins to his name, Max Verstappen could take the crown.
4. The car numbers
From 2014, F1 drivers were able to choose the numbers for their racing cars. If a driver transfers teams, they can still use their number, as it stays assigned to them for around two years.
A new world champion can take the number 1 for the following season after their victory. However, it has not been in use since 2014, when Sebastian Vettel used the number 1.
5. Driver conditions
On average, a Formula 1 driver loses 6.5lb during each race, due to the extreme and challenging physical conditions of racing. It can reach up to 50°C on certain tracks.