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Formula One Motor Racing FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about information on Formula One racing, teams, personnel and technology.

The following list of Frequently Asked Questions has been put together with the help many people and their input is greatly appreciated. All contributors are acknowledged at the end of this FAQ and sections which are substantially the work of one person are denoted with that persons initials.

This FAQ is a work in progress and further submissions in the way of questions and/or answers are encouraged. You can e-mail me, Mitchell McCann, at mitchmcc@ultranet.com

Please note that there is also a r.a.s.* FAQ by Andrew Henry which contains a lot of information that is of interest to F1 fans. Unfortunately, that FAQ is no longer being updated so some of the information may be dated but it is still well worth reading.

Copyright (c) 1997 by Mitchell McCann

-1.1 1997 schedule
Date Grand Prix of City ...
-1.2 What is Formula One? What is the FIA? What is FOCA? [AH]
-2.1 Benetton
Engine: Renault ...
-2.2 Ferrari
Engine: ...
-2.3 Jordan
Engine: ...
-2.4 Lola
Engine: Ford ...
-2.5 McLaren
Engine: ...
-2.6 Minardi
Engine: ...
-2.7 Prost
Engine: ...
-2.8 Sauber
Engine: Ferrari V10 (badged as Petronas)...
-2.9 Stewart
Engine: Ford ...
-2.10 TWR Arrows
Engine: Yamaha ...
-2.11 Tyrrell
Engine: Yamaha ...
-2.12 Williams
Engine: Renault ...
-3.1 Jean Alesi
Nationality: ...
-3.2 Rubens Barrichello
Nationality: ...
-3.3 Gerhard Berger
Nationality: ...
-3.4 David Coulthard
Nationality: British (Scottish)...
-3.5 Pedro Diniz
Nationality: Brazilian ...
-3.6 Giancarlo Fisichella
Nationality: ...
-3.7 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Nationality: ...
-3.8 Mika Hakkinen
Nationality: ...
-3.9 Johnny Herbert
Nationality: British (English)...
-3.10 Damon Hill
Nationality: British (English)...
-3.11 Eddie Irvine
Nationality: ...
-3.12 Ukyo Katayama
Nationality: ...
-3.13 Nicola Larini
Nationality: Italy ...
-3.14 Jan Magnussen
Nationality: ...
-3.15 Shinji Nakano
Nationality: Japanese ...
-3.16 Olivier Panis
Nationality: ...
-3.17 Ricardo Rosset
Nationality: Brazilian ...
-3.18 Mika Salo
Nationality: ...
-3.19 Michael Schumacher
Nationality: ...
-3.20 Ralf Schumacher
Nationality: German ...
-3.21 Vincenzo Sospiri
Nationality: Italian ...
-3.22 Jarno Trulli
Nationality: Italian ...
-3.23 Jos Verstappen
Nationality: ...
-3.24 Jacques Villeneuve
Nationality: ...
-4.1 How many points are scored for a win?
Currently points are awarded for the first six finishers ...
-4.2 Is that a brake light on the back of the cars?
No. The red light you will occasionally see on the back of ...
-4.3 The start
The starting procedure was changed for 1996. The ...
-4.4 The finish [CS] & [HG]
When the leader crosses the line and the chequered flag is ...
-4.5 What is the safety car for? [HG]
Once this is deployed, the 'SC' board is shown and drivers ...
-4.6 What is a stop-go penalty?
Jump starts and pit lane speeding incur a 10 second 'stop-go'...
-4.7 What do the different colored flags mean? [HG]
Yellow - caution; no overtaking/safety car out....
-4.8 Is mid-race re-fueling allowed?
After being banned for 10 years for safety reasons, mid-race re-...
-4.9 What is the 107% rule?
Introduced for the 1996 season, the 107% rule is designed ...
-5.2 How big are the engines?
Although subject to change periodically, engines are ...
-5.3 How much does a car weigh?
The minimum weight for an F1 car is 600 kg (1,323lbs) ...
-5.4 What is the tub made of?
The tub, the part that the driver sits in, is made of ...
-5.5 How many gears do the cars have?
The regulations state that the cars must have at least 4 and ...
-5.6 Interesting engine facts. (Based on a 1996 Ford Zetec-R).
*In an F1 engine revving at 14,500 rpm, one revolution ...
-5.7 What are those red boxes on the Williams' mirror.
Perhaps, one of the most annoying frequently asked questions....
-6.1 What happens during a pit-stop? [HG]
Cars must not exceed the pit lane speed limit, which ...
-6.2 Sponsorship [HG]
F1 teams could not continue to spend at current levels ...
-6.3 What's the difference between F1 and Indy?
Quite possibly THE most frequently asked question and ...
-6.4 How many teams are there?
With the addition of Stewart and Lola and the demise in mid-96 ...
-6.5 What is the connection between Ford and Cosworth?
Ford and Cosworth first co-operated in 1959 when ...
-6.6 What frequencies do the teams use?
Contrary to popular belief, not all teams scramble ...
-6.8 Why is Frank Williams in a wheelchair? [HG]
Frank Williams broke his neck in a car crash in France in 1986....
-6.9 What's the best Formula One movie ever made?
Sounds like a subjective question but almost universal ...
-6.10 What happened at Imola in 1994? [HG]
Formula 1 has become used to seeing drivers walk away ...
-7. Netiquette
7.1 Read 'welcome to rec.autos.sport hierarchy', posted ...
-8. F1 Web Sites
My personal list of bookmarks includes the following sites:...
-9. Ticket Information
-9.1 Buying Tickets
The Monaco Grand Prix tickets are on sale at the Automobile ...
-10. Acknowledgements
The contribution of the following individuals is very ...









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