F101: All You Need To Know About Formula One
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F101: A Beginner's Guide To Watching Formula One

"I am an artist, the track is my canvas and the car is my brush." - Graham Hill

F101: A Beginner's Guide To Watching Formula One

The sound of a sharp sound of an engine pierces through one's ears as the cars zoom past their eyes. One thinks to himself "please hold off on the blinking," because he does not want to miss any action unfolding at a Formula One race.

Formula One, commonly known as F1, is an international auto racing sport in which high tech cars compete in Grand Prix. The racers travel all over the world and compete in high-paced and high-pressured competitions. The stakes are high, drama breaks out, sometimes accidents occur and a whole lot high-speed action happens at every Formula One race.

Now, if everything about Formula One sounds really appealing yet you still are not quite sure exactly what it is and you're not quite sure if you'll be able to keep up with all the rules, then buckle up and stay seated because you have arrived at the right article.

First off, what's the point of all of this?

As it's the objective of any race, the objective of Formula One is to be fastest. However, there's more to it.

There are two reasons for why Formula One drivers strive to be the fastest: for the Drivers Championship and the Constructors Championship.

The difference between the two championships lies in the fact that a Drivers Championship solely crowns ONE driver as champion.

On the other hand, a Constructors Championship crowns a team, consisting of two drivers, as champion. In other words, a Constructors Championship is sort of like a really big group project.

At the end of each race, points are given out depending on where each driver finishes. The faster a racer is, the more points he gets. Only those who finish in the top 10 get points:

First place gets 25 points, second place gets 18, third place gets 15, fourth place gets 12, fifth place gets 10, sixth place gets 8, seventh place gets six, eighth place gets four, ninth place gets two, tenth place gets one and a single point will be awarded to the driver with the fastest lap at the end of the race.

Woah, not so complicated right?

So what is a Formula One season like?

A Formula One season consists of 21 races across five different continents in 21 different countries. It kicks off in Australia in March of each year and finishes off in Abu Dhabi in December.

What exactly goes down during a Formula One race?

Although Formula One race days are on Sundays, it's really a Formula One weekend.

Day one is Friday: practice. Not much happens as it's really for the teams and drivers to test out the circuits.

Saturday is when things get a bit more intense— that is qualifying day. Qualifying is crucial as it determines the position the drivers will be starting out in on race day.

Qualifying is broken up in three different parts: Q1, Q2 and Q3.

In Q1, five racers are eliminated and in Q2 the top 10 are determined. Things really pick up their pace in Q3, that's when the remaining racers compete for pole position, also known as first place.

Finally, Sunday comes, race day—the most important day of the week.

Now that we've got the basic ground rules covered, you're basically a Formula One expert at this part and you are all set to watch the race.

For more information regarding Formula One, visit their official website.

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