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2019 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin

by | Nov 4, 2019 | Sports

2019 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin

by | Nov 4, 2019 | Sports

In the NASCAR obsessed world of American motorsports it’s hard for other racing series to grab the attention of fans. People like what they know, and very few people seem to know F1. The most a typical NASCAR fan knows about F1 is based on the Jean Girard character from ‘Talladega Nights’. 

What you notice immediately when you see the cars running laps is the speed. I’ve been to probably over 50 auto races in my lifetime, and even having seen IndyCars, Lemans GT and prototype cars, and even NASCAR there’s really no way to describe how fast F1 cars are because no matter what type of car you drive or what kind of roads you drive on there isn’t anything in your life you can use as a point of reference for the kind of speed these cars generate. 

The specification for F1 cars in 2019 is a minimum weight of 1,631lbs and just over 1,000hp.

F1 cars can accelerate to 100mph and back to zero in the time a typical new car can get to 60mph.

F1 is the top form of auto racing in the world, a label many fans of other racing series attempt to dispute. They are all wrong. The amount of competition it takes to get a seat in F1 is almost impossible to imagine considering there are hundreds of drivers right now jockeying for fewer than two or three open seats next season. 

Because of how much a driver has to prove themselves in order to even get a test in an F1 car it’s reasonable to say that at any given race with twenty drivers on the grid the driver who finishes last is the 20th fastest driver on the planet. Think about that for a second: There are 7.7 billion people on the planet right now, and these drivers are in the top 0.00000000259%. Slim numbers for sure!

The lifeblood of F1 is money. Top teams like Ferrari and Mercedes have annual budgets of over $600 million per team, and the total budget for the ten teams on the grid is estimated to be $2.6 billion. These amounts sound almost impossible, but once you see the performance of the cars and the lightweight materials like carbon fiber used to make components you begin to understand where all that money goes. Building and racing the fastest cars the world has ever seen isn’t cheap.

I knew all of these things after a lifetime of watching F1 races on TV, but even still I was amazed at how crazy fucking fast those cars are!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that even if you’re only a casual fan of racing you should check out an F1 race. If you’re really interested in these cars I recommend going to the race in Austin or up in Montreal, you won’t be disappointed.

Joe McCabe

Joe McCabe

Opinionated Irish Guy

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