Stars and cars descend on Abu Dhabi the Formula 1 revvs up for another massive Grand Prix weekend.
Whether you’re heading to the capital or watching at home, you’ll appreciate that Formula 1 is a fast-paced sport where speed and ability combine with supercars and strategy.
But did you know it’s all the source of some seriously ‘what the flip?’ trivia? Like, drivers lose weight during every race? Or that planes take off at slower speeds than Formula 1 cars? Let us start your engines with these fast fun facts!
Brake disks on Formula 1 cars can reach temperatures of up to 1000°C
Pit crews can change a tyre in a super speedy 3 seconds
Drives lose an average of 4kg per race
1946 was the year of the first official Formula 1 race
Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton choses not to drive under #1. Instead he speeds around as number #44
Surprisingly, given its rarity as a name, there have been 16 drivers in Formula 1 history whose surnames have begun with the letter V
Small planes can take off at slower speeds than Formula 1 cars travel on the track – thankfully the cars have an amazing aerodynamic down force that keeps them firmly on the ground
The oldest driver ever in Formula 1 was Louis Chiron who was 55 when he took 6th place in the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix.
The average Formula 1 car is made up of 80,000 components
The youngest driver to compete in Formula 1 is Max Verstappen from the Netherlands, who was just 17 years and 166 days old when he took part in the 2015 Australian Grand Prix
There were still six races left in the season when Germany’s Michael Schumacher clinched victory in 2002
The UK has produced the most World Championship winning drivers with
10 in total
Formula 1 cockpits have drinking bottles installed for the drivers – they drink the liquid via a pipe
Unlucky number 22 has had 274 breakdowns, the most in Formula 1 history
F1 helmets are among the toughest things in the world, having to pass tests of withstanding an 800°C flame for at least 45 seconds.