•    A Formula One car can accelerate from 0 to 160 kph and decelerate back to 0 in just four seconds.

•    A modern F1 engine consumes about 450 litres of air every second with race fuel consumption around 75 litres per 100 km.

•    During one F1 season, a team approximately uses over 200,000 litres of fuel for testing and racing.

•    In Italian Grand Prix 2004, Antônio Pizzonia of BMW WilliamsF1 team recorded a top speed of 369.9 km/hr.

•    Each F1 team travels about 160,000 kilometers in a season between races and test sessions.

•    Small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track. However, the downforce provided by their wings keeps them on the track.

•    Without aerodynamic downforce, racing cars have sufficient power to fly once they exceed 160 kph. The cars usually race at over 300 kph.

•    During street course races, the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down because the downforce of the cars can lift manhole covers.

•    Approximate 80,000 components come together to make an F1 car. The cars have to be assembled with 100% percent accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.

•    When an F1 driver puts brakes on his car he experiences huge retardation or deceleration. It could be compared to a regular car driving through a brick wall at the speed of 300kmph.

•    The cars have more than a kilometer of cable linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control the car.

•    Most racing cars have their tyres filled with nitrogen. The reason being nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to normal air.

•    The cars can be refueled at 12 liters per second. The rig used would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average road car and the Pit Stop crews take only 3 seconds to refuel and change tyres.

•    F1 drivers have prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour. This results in an average F1 driver losing about 4kgs of weight after just one race. However he regains weight afterwards. The weight loss includes approximate 2 to 3 litres of water.

•    In the days preceding very hot races like Australia, Malaysia, and Brazil, the drivers can drink up to 8 litres of water.

•    Most F1 drivers take diet similar to that of track and field athletes, carefully regulating the amount of carbohydrate and protein they absorb.

•    As for the constructors, Ferrari has won 15, McLaren 11, Williams 7 and Honda 5. Climax and Mercedes have won 4 each; TAG 3; Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Repco 2 each; and BMW and BRM 1 each.

•    Fernando Alonso is the youngest champion ever. He became champion in 2005 season with the age of 24 years 58 days and Juan Manuel Fangio is the oldest Driver's Champion. He was 46 years 41 days when he won 1957 season.

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