Understanding The Language of Formula One

Formula one is a sport which I have always enjoyed watching, however in recent years I may not have seen may races to live on tv for several reasons. This upcoming weekend is the British GP which means there is going to be more casual viewers watching. So today I thought I would share with you some language which you may hear the commentators say or on the team radios because after all if you are watching the race you want to understand what is going on. Including the tatics and tyre talk

Aerodynamics-

This is the amount of airflow over and around an object this is what sets the design of the car most cars do look the same in order to have the same amount of air flow.

Apex-

This is the middle point of the inside line around a corner at which drivers aim their cars. This is the best racing line so most drivers do want to be here.

Blistering- 

This is usually one which we hear in races which are undertaken in hot countries but with the heatwave which is hitting Britain at the moment, it could be something which we see over the weekend. It basically means part of the tyre is overheating which causes the rubber to become soft and break away in sections away from the car. There are a few reasons why this may occur is can be due to the car having the wrong set of tyres, for example, being too soft or the pressure is not correct. This can impact many drivers several times during the season affect their race as they need to apply fresh tyres.

Chassis-

This is one which you hear regular this is the main body of the car which is made of carbon fiber this is attached to the engine and the suspension. Damage to the chassis could see the end of a driver’s race and there is usually debris of the chassis along the track after a collision.

Chicane-

A tight sequence of corners which are in alternate directions. Usually designed into a circuit to slow the cars, often just before what had been a high-speed corner. This can be an area in which the cars lose control due to the fact that they have a lapse in concentration.

Compound-

This is the part of the tyre in contact with the road which is a major factor in deciding tyre performance. Each tyre is made up of at least ten ingredients which can change depending on the compound these could be to a different degree which explains why you get different compound tires like soft, medium.

Drive-through penalty-

This is one of the penalties which can be given to the drivers during the race. In this penalty the driver has to enter the pit lane, making sure they comply with the speed limit then they have to rejoin the race without stopping.

DRS-

This stands for Drag Reduction System which rear wings allow the driver to adjust the wing between two pre-determined settings from the cockpit. This is only allowed when the driver is less than one second behind another car at set points on the track. This is to boost overtaking and give us better races, it stops when the driver does brake

Graining-

When a car slides, it can cause little bits or rubber to come away from the tyre’s.  The style of the driver, track conditions, fuel load and the tyre its self can play a role in graining. The more a car moves on the track the more likely that graining is going to occur,

Lock-up

This is when the driver brakes sharply locking one or more tyres while the others rotate. If a driver is going this you usually can see tyre smoke coming from the wheels.

Sectors-

For timing purposes, the lap is split into three sections, each of which is roughly a third of the lap. These sections are officially known as Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 3.

Slipstreaming

This is an important driving tactic which is when a driver is able to catch the car ahead and duck in behind its rear wing to benefit from a reduction in drag over its body to gain maximum speed and an advantage. To find out more about slipstreaming click here

Traction-

The amount of pressure the car is able to transfer its power onto the track surface for forwarding progress.

Tyre compound-

The type of rubber mix used in the construction of a tyre, ranging from soft through medium to hard, with each offering a different performance and wear characteristic.

I hope this helped if you are going to watch the F1 for the first time in a while this weekend.

 

Charlotte xx

This is a collaboration post

 

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