Formula One Facts for Kids – 5 Fascinating Facts about Formula One

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Formula One races are really exciting to watch! Let’s discover five Formula One facts for kids.

Formula One Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The First Grand Prix Was in 1950

A Grand Prix is the name of a race in the Formula One season. Every race occurs in a different location around the world. In 1950, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) organised the first ever official World Championship for Drivers. Giuseppe Farina, who drove for Alfa Romeo, won the first World Championship event at the British Grand Prix. This took place at Silverstone, a location still used today for the British Grand Prix. Farina also won the first ever World Drivers Championship.

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Formula One car on a race track

Formula One Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Formula One Drivers Experience G-Force

G-force is a physical force that is equal to one unit of gravity. This force is increased during quick changes of direction or speed. Formula One drivers experience G-force of between 4-6 g’s when they brake or take a corner. In order to withstand the pressure of G-Force and to prevent injury, F1 drivers must do targeted head and neck exercises. Fighter Jet pilots also experience G-Force. If you have ever been on a roller coaster then you have experienced g-force.

Formula One Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: There Are 22 Races in a Formula One Season

The Formula One season lasts roughly eight months, starting March and typically finishing in November each year. The Formula 1 season is made up of 22 races.  Grand Prix races typically last around 2 hours but they can go on longer. These races take place all around the world. The UK, Australia, Italy and Singapore are examples of a few. Each racetrack in F1 is unique and can have a different number of laps. During an F1 race, drivers can complete up to and over 70 laps.

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Formula One Facts for Kids: Racing car on track

Formula One Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: The Halo Is a Safety Feature on F1 Cars

The Halo is a very important safety feature on F1 cars. The Halo is a structure made from titanium that is attached to all F1 cars. The structure is located above the drivers head and it protects the driver if they are involved in a crash. It also stops any flying debris from hitting the driver. Since introduced in 2018, the Halo has saved many lives and prevented serious injuries.

Formula One Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: There Are Many Different Flags Used During a F1 Race

During a Formula One race, marshalls are located all around the track with flags.F1 drivers are penalised if they ignore the flags. Two flags that are waved when an accident happens are yellow and red flags. A yellow flag lets drivers know an accident has occurred and a safety car is now on the track. Drivers must slow down and are not allowed to overtake other drivers when they see a yellow flag. A red flag is used when a serious accident has occurred or when weather conditions are too dangerous. A red flag tells drivers that the race has been stopped and they must exit the racetrack.

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Sideview of F1 racing car

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Formula One as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this sport is, you can move on to learn about other sports and activities like: Baseball, Super Bowl, Football World Cup, Gymnastics and Olympic Games.

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