F1 racing in countries around the world have been postponed but it has not stopped the attention of the world’s number 1 speed sports lover. The reason for this high-class sport always contains records and special stories not found in other subjects.
Stunned with the salaries of F1 drivers
F1 is always considered a high-class sport and riders also enjoy a high salary. So far, Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team is the highest paid driver. In 2019, he received $ 73.9 million.
Sebastian Vettel is a German driver who joined the Scuderia Ferrari, which has won the world for four consecutive years from the 2010-2013 season and is also the youngest driver ever to win the F1 championship. Currently, he has a salary of 56.3 million USD.
Ricciardo signed a two-year contract with Renault from August 2018 after winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017 and China – Monaco Grands Prix 2018. The driver’s salary is currently at $ 49 million.
Startled with insurance coverage of the riders
The income level is huge but the risk is also very high, so F1 drivers also have to spend a lot of money to buy accident insurance for themselves.
Similar to the world-class auto insurance scheme, factors such as the driver’s age, driving experience, occupation, vehicle type and driver’s risk profile are considered. However, for F1 drivers, the calculation is a bit more complicated because the nature of Formula 1 racing is very high risk. Also remember that F1 drivers will have to pay for their own accident insurance.
As can be seen, the highest level of insurance belongs to the French F1 driver, Romain Grosjean, a Swiss. The high level of insurance is not uncommon when some F1 riders are considered to be personal, adventurous, always driving at very high speed and reckless overtaking. The statistics of points deducted due to racing errors may reflect the insurance value. Naturally, the higher the level of insurance coverage, the lower the premium will be.
Tire change record
1.82 seconds is currently the record for replacing F1 tires set by the Red Bull team at the Brazilian Grand Prix 2019, taking place in Brazil last year. During the entire season, the average tire change time for other teams was 2.4 seconds.
On the F1 race, sometimes success and failure are decided at a pitstop (technical stop). This is not just a battle for the riders, but behind them are also 20 technicians at the pitstop (referred to as the “pit crew”) in coordination with the goal of changing the tires as quickly as possible.
A lot of activity takes place in those few seconds. The car goes into the pitstop and stops completely. Front and rear tire jacks are used. Gun loosening nut is operating. Old worn tires are replaced. The tire jack was lowered and the driver continued to play. Each step above is done in turn, this step is completed, then another step is performed. Therefore, there is no room for mistakes during this period.
In a sport where winning and losing is only a millisecond, technical support is the key to success for the entire team. Adding or subtracting 1 second at the tech park can determine the lead or second position on the track.