Have you ever wanted to sound like an instant expert on all things F1? Here are five facts to make you appear to be the font of all knowledge on the world’s fastest sport.
1. Number 1
The last time the number 1 was used by the reigning champion in F1 was Sebastian Vettel in 2014. Most drivers prefer to choose their own race number; for example, Lewis Hamilton has used 44 ever since he won his first kart championships. He says it means more to him than the champion’s number 1.
Drivers can take their numbers from team to team, with their number remaining allocated to them for two years after their last race.
2. Feel the heat
Have you ever wondered how F1 drivers stay in shape? The cockpit of an F1 car can reach temperatures of around 50°C, which is more than hot enough to boil water. This creates a sauna-like effect for the drivers, who lose 6.5lb on average every race day.
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3. Young guns
If Dutchman Max Verstappen takes the F1 crown in any of the next four seasons, he will officially be the youngest F1 champion ever. The Red Bull driver is already officially the youngest-ever winner of an F1 race, having driven to victory at the Spanish GP at the tender age of 18 years 228 days.
Sebastian Vettel currently holds this honour, winning his first F1 championship at the age of 23 years and 134 days.
4. The need for speed
Monza has been the scene of many heart-stopping moments in F1, not least on 2 September 2014 when Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest ever F1 lap in qualifying for the Italian GP. Clocking an average speed of 262.242kmh/162.9mph, the exciting Colombian driver smashed the world record, which remains unbeaten.
With the increasing emphasis on speed in the new rules, is this record about to be broken in the 2018 season?
5. Heavyweight champions
Did you know that the new cars for the 2018 season are heavier, wider and up to four seconds faster than they were last year? This is an attempt to give drivers greater handling ability this season.