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Winter facts 5

Winter facts 5

Let’s face it – winter time is not an ideal time for all Formula One fans around the world. No races, no tests yet... But cheer up – long before the engines roar again, the team will do its best to keep your appetite in check every day with some Formula One facts...

• The highest percentage of retirements in one race came in the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix where 18 out of the 21 starters retired.

• The drag from an F1 car’s aerodynamics is so strong that at 280kph lifting off the accelerator is the equivalent of braking as hard as you can in a road car.

• The gearbox case is a “stressed member” as it not only houses the gears but also all suspension loads are connected to it.

• A helicopter is present at the track on a race weekend, as well as another outside the circuit.

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