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THE HISTORY OF FORMULA 1

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The cockpit temperature of an F1 car can reach up to 50 degrees celsius.

Ferrari are the most successful team of all time with 221 wins compared to second place McLaren's 182.

A driver will lose around 3 litres of liquid a race, often urinating where they sit. They will also burn off around 1200 calories a race, the equivalent of running a marathon – you've got to be super fit!

The energy needed to slow the car from 315km/h to 185km/h is the same amount needed to make an elephant jump 10 metres in the air.

The temperature of the oil in the gearbox will reach over 150 degrees Celsius when racing and the exhaust will reach 950 degrees Celsius.

Every car has around 80,000 components, if they were put together with 99.99% accuracy there would still be 80 components wrongly placed, putting the driver in serious danger of death.

During a F1 race a driver will experience up to 5Gs under braking and cornering and 3Gs under full acceleration. The neck has to support 24kgs during the longest corner. F1 drivers have to develop their neck muscles and will spend up to an hour and a half everyday doing exercises.

There are over 50 different gear ratios to suit each individual circuit and the cars can change gear 50 times faster than you can blink.

A modern F1 engine revs to over 18,000 revolutions a minute.

Ferrari are the only team to have raced from the beginning of F1 in 1950 to the current F1 championship, with 867 races started. McLaren are the second longest standing team in F1 with 740 races started.

Carbon brakes need to be at a temperature of 500 degrees celsius before they will work effectively and around 1000 degrees under heavy braking.

An F1 steering wheel will set you back £40,000 and has around 20 buttons to adjust everything.

During a race, a driver's heart beat will average between 150 and 200 beats per minute.

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