F1 Fanfiction
F1 Fanfiction

Episode 5 · 1 year ago

F101 - The Basics of F1

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This is a special episode which is meant to serve as a primer for any new F1 fan to get up to speed with the sport and understand it's intricacies and have fun while doing it. We go over the following topics:FlagsFormat of F1 SeasonFormat of F1 WeekendFinances in F1Points TableTechnologies and TerminologiesDRSMGU-k and MGU-hPower UnitsSteering wheelEngine ModesPenaltiesEquipment used:Mics: Sarang: Audio-Technica ATR2100x Akash – Razer Seiren MiniAV recording: ZencastrPost-production: Audacity, AuphonicMusic:Intro: Howling (Sting) - Gunnar OlsenOutro: Your Intro by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Hello and welcome back to another episode with Fan Fiction. We are now fone fan fiction, if you're looking for our website. In this episode we are going to talk about the basics of Fone, like f one hundred one, let's call it that, and we'll walk you through what if one is and all the nuances so that you can follow us on the coming episodes without any hassles and wondering what's going on. We are your hosts. I am a Kash and I'm sorry, and we'll walk you through F one, hundred and one. Before we begin, let's talk about interactions. We are now live with our website, F one Fan fictioncom. Head over there to check out more details about the race weekends and a blog post that started which talks about our ratings and rankings for the drivers. We don't talk about it during the episodes. If you want to check us out, come over to our website, it's Fone Fan fictioncom, and leave a comment. Yeah, speaking of which, you can contact us at contact us at the rate F one Fan fictioncom, drop us an email, comment and do all the things that you would like to tell us. Gives feedback on what you'd like to see in future. Episodes and whatnot, and a little sneak peak, we're planning to do a shoe on controversies and Fon, so let us know what you want us to cover in that. That one's gonna be an interesting one because I think, Saddam A, it's going to be definitely arrived and we yeah, funds, no doubt a very political and a controversial sport, so that I'm really looking forward to recording that. That right, let's get started into the episode. Sardam, do you want to talk a bit about what is Fone, the drivers, their teams and as such? Well, what is F fun? Cars go room in a circle, essentially. Yeah, but in a most serious note, it's basically ten teams which participate in the sport. Each team puts in two entries, two cars into the races, and each team has two drivers who's driving these cars. So basically you have twenty drivers just battling it out on the track to win that Grand Prize, the prize money, right, and there is also this concept of having reserve drivers or backup drivers to write like if something goes wrong. These essentially, are multimillion dollar companies and they are running these businesses and they cannot afford to, you know, even miss a single race because that changes things in the constructors the constructors championship. So the teams generally have like many more different roles available, like reserve drivers, development drivers, simulation drivers who kind of help the team in improving the car, giving feedback about the card dynamics, how it is handling and things like that. Right. And then, in terms of races, I think, depending on the season, that's that's happening, it's roughly twenty two twenty three races, which is also a lot, because it happens either every alternate weekend or backtoback weekends. or now that they're too many races, there's a triple header, as you might tear, which is just three three race weekends back to back. Oh yeah, triple headers or something to look out for. There just too too much fun. But people who work for F one are not huge fans of these are triple headers because essentially they are traveling continuously for three weeks and it's really hard on them. They are away from their families, they're living in these, you know, motor homes and usually these tracks are, you know, away from the city and they they don't always have the best conditions out there, though. These triple headers are generally rare because they try to form the calendar such that they have to they don't have to move around different countries as much and like the races are...

...close to each other. One of the Gana. It's definitely a logistical nightmare. We're not going to get into any details of that, but there is there is a very interesting episode on Youtube. I forget the channel's name, but wend or or something like that, and they've got an interesting episode. Go check it out. Speaking of races and drivers and and teams, there is also this concept of indicating drivers on what and how to behave on there on the racetrack, by the means of flags. There are essentially four or five flags which are offered. Most important because you'll see that way more often then the other then the other flags. The first one they are going to see, obviously, is the green flag, which indicates the racist is either restarting or is starting to begin with. The other one you're going to see very often is the yellow flag, and this is very, very crucial because, depending on how this flag is raised, you can either have like a safety car or a virtual safety car, and we'll talk about this later in the episode, but the Yellow Flag is definitely a point of controversy because if you miss it it can lead to, you know, losing points or places or explosive yeah, and with the growing importance of safety these days, if I doesn't take the yellow flag lightly at all. Yes, they are pretty serious about it, and you saw what happened during a qualification with wet will now, where he saw the yellow flag. He slowed down, but he didn't abandon his lap, and that, if I was not happy with that, and they gave him a high place gript penalty for that. Actually, you know what, while we are at it, let's just discuss the entire yellow flag and the scenarios rather than coming back to it in terms of what a yellow flag can do. Yes, you're right, like if it a virtual safety zone, which is that an actual safety cars not come out on that track, but but it's a cautionary yellow flag that their drivers have to assume that there is a safety car on the track and behave accordingly. where. Essentially, what the drivers have to do is they have to maintain a gap. That situation is called in Coach v SC. So that's a virtual safety car, and what the drivers are expected to do is is maintain a particular gap with the car in front, so they can't go way fast or way too slow, and they have to maintain that delta. Is what you'll hear on the radio. And depending on the situation, as as are mentioned earlier, right like if it's during qualifying, you are supposed to abandon your lap, even if you're doing excellent and I'm going to Bep one for whatever reasons, you are supposed to abandon your lap. And if you don't, you see what happens with with five place grid penalties, and will discuss other penalties and stuff later to but what also happens on the other side is if the if the yellow flag is raised because of severer conditions, then an actual car comes onto the track. It's somewhat like a Naston Martin, dbnin in or you know, think of a fancy fast car. It's going to be on that track, driving all the way on the front and again, like the vs cars, have to maintain that Delta with the car in front. There are no over takes, a lout during both the VSC and the actual safety car and the race resumes only after the safety car goes back into the pit lane. Just because I'm neck picky, I wanted to correct you and say that it is a vantage, Austin, Mattin vantage, and the medical car, I think, is a TPX. Yeah, I mean in my head it's just a very fastasted market like. Yeah, anyways, and if things get very severe, are folks you going to see a red flag, which, if you've been following fe last season had, as far as I...

...can remember, like the most number of red flags, which indicates the race is stopped and it's going to restart and depending on the C we are it eat may either start from the pit lane or back from the starting grade. The worst case scenario that they can think of is going to be a black flag, which means the races abandoned and something, something really, really terrible, is gone. Lastly, you're obviously going to see the check at flag as the race ends. Something that we don't see is a white flag, which just indicates that it's the penultimate lab. So yeah, that's the that's fun with flags. I'm sure loose Hamilton knows about the black and white flag very well. Oh, black and white flag. That's that's like a Nepal sort of flag, right, like with a with a diagonal in the middle. That or ensue unsportsmanlike behavior, is that? Is that right? No, so the black and white flag essentially is a warning flag. So if you had heard the radio during a bar in GP Bono had come on to the radio WHO's Hamilton's engineered and had told him that if you continue to exceed tract limits that turn for you would be first given a black and white flag and after that a five second penalty. Yeah, so, yeah, unsportsman like behave, because it's a milton. I'm saying that, but otherwise, yes, you're but but now that we understand the basics of you know, what the driver is, their teams, the races and the indicators on the that track are, I think it's time to sort of understand the format of f one sorten do you want to start start walking is through it. So, yeah, basically the fan season has two components to it. One is the preseason testing that happens. So we had kind of discussed about this previously in episode three, where we had discussed in detail about the preseason testing of this year, which happened at the Bahri in international circuit. And Yeah, this essentially is the time when these teams are testing out their cars on the track pretty much for the first time, and they are testing out the innovations, how the car behaves, tuning out different things, ensuring that they moving extract the maximum performance out of these cars and preparing for the season. Yeah, it basically gives them, as you're saying, the exact idea of whatever they've done over the winter break, which is also something you'll hear. The winter break in court is essentially the gap between the last race and the first preseason testing, where they call it a break, but it's not a break simplificant these engine not for them. Oh yeah, they're cracking their way through to make the best in the fastest car that they can. Now that we've done the pretesting, you know, we are ready to sort of go ahead and get into the race weekend. And and in my head again, I'm just thinking like a layman, which is what there are three components to to a race weekend, right, like what is it? The free practice, qualifying in the race. Yeah, so essentially what we call it is a race weekend, right, so it lasts for three days. It starts on a Friday and on the Sunday. The first day, on Friday, has two sessions of free practice. That's basically the time when these teams get to deally tune their car, test their card for this particular track, make sure that the car is suitable for this track and they can gain the maximum performance for this track. And you might think that these drivers are, you know, just living near these race tracks and just, you know, going around in circles around the track to, you know, just completely learn the track. But yeah, that's not exactly what happens. They don't really get to drive on tracks a lot. Yeah, mechanically owned on what the circles are.

Yeah, and I mean the practice they kind of get is what they do on the simulators. I mean these simulators are the best in the world, but it's still not the same as actually driving the card. So, yeah, there's a slight difference. They need these practice sessions to be like really understand the car, how the car behaves on this track, how to, you know, optimize their racing line on the track. anyways, after to practice sessions on Friday, you have another practice session on the first half of the day of Saturday. After which the team's kind of pretty much prepared for qualifications. I keep me honestly as Adam. But after the preseason testing, the teams are allowed to make any mechanical and any electrical changes to the car, but after the free practice they aren't allowed to do that. I mean in the sense if they change the engine, they're going to get like a big penalty for it on the great place. They're only allowed to in courts again, tune the car so that it's handling increases better for that. Yeah, so that's essentially called Park for me. What it means is that these teams are not allowed to make any changes a couple hours before the qualification starts. They are still allowed to make sound changes. After the third practice session they can, say, change certain competents of the car, not all, but yeah, once the park for me applies, there are very few things that they can change. Things like tire pressures, of front wing angles and fuel loads and things like that. Those are the only things that they can pretty much change. Yeah, in terms of like a computer science game, basically hard core, the hardcore to the car for that track. Yeah, exactly. One thing which I forgot to mention earlier was doing these free practice sessions, these drivers, along with their engineers, go out on the track for something called as a track walk, and what they basically do is they just, you know, actually walk a lap around this track or trying to really understand the conditions of the track, because it it's really important for them to really understand what temperatures are the tracks. Stomach is that what's the ambient temperature and like what is the actual condition of the rules, because that affects how the car is going to perform. If, like the tarmac is hotter, they're gonna get better grip and they can, you know, probably go faster through corner, right. And then after three practice we have what qualifying, three sessions. Qualification is basically the second session that takes place on Saturday. There are three parts to the qualification session. It starts with q one, where all the drivers, all the cars participate and a lot of time, I mean most of the Times, most of these teams are not actually running at a hundred percent performance for for these sessions. Probably, like the lower midfield teams like Haus and Williams probably are, but yeah, more likely than not they are saving some performance for like the later sessions. And Yeah, so five people get eliminated in the queue one and fifteen out of these twenty move on food to the Q two. Yeah, and the process repeats again into Qtwo, with with slightly change rule tires, right. Oh, yeah, there is a special rule for Q two, that is that the fastest lap that you do in q two is the very same tire set that you have to use at the race start. And I don't just mean the tire type, it's literally the same tires that they have to use for...

...the restart. So essentially they have to be careful to, you know, not use up their tires a lot, because otherwise they're going to suffer during the restart and it also affects this strategy a lot. So they have to be really careful with their choice of tires for qto. Yeah, yeah, and similarly to you one, you have five folks that get eliminated and then you have the top ten moving into the final q three. The funny thing is that, you know, sometimes the team's actually preferred getting the eleventh position because all the other drivers from eleven to twenty get a free tire choice for the race start. So sometimes being eleven is actually advantage is than the ten because the person on ten has to use old tires and you can use a fresh set of tires which can give you that advantage. Yeah, yeah, and I mean we we've spoken about tires in our exactly previous episode, folks, the three composites, the sort of the medium and the hard. Go ahead, check it out, check us out an episode four to hear about tires. But yeah, Qqthree the final qualifying you're going to see the top ten drivers battle it out for a position on the grade. Yeah, q three is like possibly the most exciting session and qualification. You know, you're pretty much glued to the TV looking at the leaderboard, you know, monitoring the mini sectors of each driver and like people like the pool, positions keep changing and yeah, it's a lot of fun. You know, everybody is just having a blast out there, you know, just going. A hundred person started at q three because they don't have any restrictions in terms of tire choice or anything like that. So, yeah, it's it's quite fun. I mean, for a big part the position on the grid matters because there is something called as a race line, which is essentially the most optimized line on the race and if you continuously follow that you're going to have like the fastest or the shortest distance on the lab and usually be not usually always, sort of like the P one position is starts on the race line and then p two slightly off the race line. But then the advantage, or you'd ask what is why not have pthree? I mean you are ahead already of Pthree, so you have that advantage of, you know, staying on Ptwo and, as such, say, everyone's just trying to be as a head on the grid as they can because during race day, the further you are on the grid, the better chances you have to stay there and the similar advantage you have. So so Sunday is the race day and you'll hear race days here. David Croft just going crazy, and not on that. Yeah, Race Day is it's it's a big event. It's a carnival, I would say. I mean it's pretty much like a carnival. You have like all these flashing colors, all the teams gathered. They are just scrambling around here and there. It's fighter jets flying, yeah, for the race with exactly. It's really exciting. Everybody's just buzzing around and excited for you know what happens at the rest. It's the it's the only day. I mean the other days too, but like it's their day out of the race weekend where I think adrenaline is at its maximum, like oozing out of your body from every yeah, definitely. Many times I really can't sleep on the previous night in a just because of the excitement of the race day, especially when Hamilton's not on the pole. Oh definitely. But yeah, Race Day it's it's essentially what f one is going in circles on whatever track that they are on that day. That tires don't last you all throughout the race, so you have to come in pit stop, which is what it's called, change...

...the tires. If you have any other damages than they also get addressed during those pit stops, and the strategy with which you make up it stops sort of essentially governs your position and how well you've played the game, thinking what the other teams are going to do. Yeah, one thing I wanted to talk about was that there are there are certain really strict rules that, if I has relation to pit lane, mainly because there are so many personal like these engineers out there on the pit lane. So that they have to maintain a very high standard of safety. They have very stringent speed limits placed in these pit lanes and they have they have a marking at the start of the pit lane and they also have speed detective detected it, which ensures that none of these drivers are flouting any of these rules and they come down with a hamlet if you know, you, even if you slightly violate this speed limits in these pet lanes. Yeah, what is it like? What? Eighty, eighty kilometers per hour or something? Yeah, it kind of depends on the track and how much space is available in the pit lane. So on tracks like Monacco, where the track is very narrow, it's somewhere around sixty kilometers per hour, and other trucks like spa, it's around eight kilometers product right. Yeah, and and you do get penalized with points or whatever. It is probably for the next race or something if you if you're slight, even the slightest off in the pit lane. So yeah, it's so they take it super seriously out there. Yeah, and like, while we are on the subject of pit stops, the other thing to notice earlier, like if people are seen earlier races, you'd have seen that you know there's a big nozzle coming out of the top and then refuelings happening and whatnot, and there were other car advertages. But now all of that stopped. Like no refueling is allowed. The car needs to be pre filled with a set amount of fuel that they think they need for the race and that's what they get for the race. So now they have to maintain fuel also while considering how they is. But after you're done through all the two hours and all the laps, you see that checker fly tag. The teams come home, the drivers come home. What's interesting now is everyone's fighting for those points. And what are you those points, you ask? Well, only the top ten position get get points. So everyone's trying to be in what they'll call the points or the points table. And the points go sort of like an exponential way, which is the first place has twenty five points, second as eighteen, the third as fifteen, the fourth as twelve, when you get the idea all the way to the tenth place, which has just one point but has point back line. But each point matters because, like I mean, if Williams had, you know, some of their drivers in points stable even in like three or four races, they would have finished over horse last which I think will happen this year because masses spins going to keep yeah, seems that way, but nonetheless. Yeah, everyone's fighting for these points and and what happens here is is sort of interesting and it's a cyclic process, because every driver's point gets added to the team points. So let's say if both the drivers finished first and second RS, the team essentially gets twenty five plus eighteen, so forty three points, and those points lead you to a constructor championship table. Essentially, all the teams are basically just fighting for that, the constructor's championship table. The essentially don't really care about the travel champion ship because at the end of the day, these are like multimillion dollar businesses and money is everything, as we say, Cassius King. So yeah, their focus pretty much is on winning that chactors championship. Going back to the origins...

...of F one, F one essentially was never championship series are such. There used to be only individual races that were held, which are called as Grand Prix, which in French means the grand prize, and used to have these individual events which would award the winner the Grand Prize. But these days what we have is we have this championship series and Fia Basically distributes the money that it earns throughout the year to the teams in the order in which they appeared on the constructor stable. So starting from the team at the top, which gets the most amount of money, and the amount keeps reducing exponentially towards the bottom. So the team that wins against the most amount of money and the team that is at the bottom of table receives the least amount of money. This also creates kind of like a negative feedback cycle, where the team that wins, you know, can invest more funds for the development of their car in the next season and, yeah, the lower teams have less of money to put in and then, yeah, that kind of creates a negative feedback cycle which, yeah, well, you can see what's happening with Williams these days, right. That's that's essentially what's happening. Same with has. They just don't have the money and since they don't have the money, they can't produce a good car. They are ranking lower on the table. And Yeah, so they can't doable with their cars as much as their competitors are. So there row huge disadvantage here, and that's why it's very essential to get those higher position right, and that's that's again like the the cycle making money were suspending versus everything that goes on. Rightly, how you behave this year sort of tells you how we're going to probably end up doing and what chances you have the next year. One interesting thing that I wanted to mention was that Fi has actually tried to cut down on this negative feedback loop by introducing a new rule where I think the started in two thousand and nineteen, so from two thousand and twenty, basically, the team that is at the bottom of the table receives the most amount of time for winternel testing and the team at the top of the table, that's most of these, receives the least amount of time for win Tal and testing. So this way these teams are not stuck in this you know, Spidal, which is just draining money from them. Speaking of win tunnel, let's let's talk about all these technologies, terminologies that, you know, we keep hearing throughout either the episode, Post episode, Pre episode or, you know, we keep discussing during during our discussions. So the first term, that comes to my mind is is drs. You gonna you're going to hear this third lap into the race or second, third, fourth lap is shit to the race, either during restarts or, you know, during when the race starts. DRS stands for a drag reduction system for or this is essentially is that the car's rare wing creates a down force which pushes the rear of the car down, but this also produces drag which restricts the car stop speed. And what happens when a car is allowed to use D RS is the rare wing has two slits which sort of open up, letting more are passed through it, and this is then designed to sort of reduce this drag that the car gets an enable a higher top speed. So essentially they get roughly around twenty thirty kilometers per our extra when...

...on those traits. The only catch is they they just can't use it all the time. A driver needs to be in in that one minute range of the driver in front when there is the drs checkpoints. So every lap has a couple our drs right checkpoints where where they check what is the distance between the two cars and if you're within that limit, when you're crossing that point, you're going to hear a radio saying the RS enabled and you're going to see their rare wing open up and the cars go a bit more faster, or else comes to mind, Sarn one. Another thing which I wanted to mention was about energy recovery systems on the cars. Basically there are two types of finergy recovery systems. Yeah, one is the MGUK and the other M g H. Mguk is basically used for recovering a kinetic energy. So when these cars are under breaking, the engine is still the Pistons of the engines are still moving right, so there is still power that is outputage is that it is not transferred to the wheels. Instead, it is used to turn a turbine which kind of generates energy, and then that electric energy is stored in batteries which these drivers can use with that overtake button. The energy is used by there are two electric engines at the rare wheels which deliver some power for a short duration that these drivers can use in their advantage for overtaking, though there's some limit myths, on how much energy they can harvest in each lap. Otherwise people will just you know, keep harvesting energy. And actually, if you'd noticed, during the last few laps of bar in GP, Hamilton was, you know, hosting a lot of energy while entering to the corners. And you know, at the end he collected a lot of energy and used it to defend his position against Max and yeah, that's basically the genius of Hamilton. It's it gives you that that's sudden, worst or slight energy, and I mean it's similar to getting like an extra twenty thirty kilometers. But are, I think in the old times it was called workers right, like arenetic energy privory system, but text advancing, so it's sort of getting anyway, this technology has basically trickled down to conceive a car. So, if you have noticed, pre is actually uses the same technology. And actually, if if noticed, is this panel inside the preest right which kind of shows when you are the accelerating, like your foot is of the accelerator. It's like transferring energy to the power store. ANYWAYS, getting back to the topic about the other counterpart of Mguk, which is Mgu H. MGH is basically nothing but recovery of a heat energy and mechanical energy that the engine produces. Essentially the gases, the hot air, that these engines produced is pushed through turbine, which again produces electricity and which is too it in the battery and which can be used later by the drivers for averity. Right, since we are on the topic of engines, a cash why don't you tell her listeners a little bit more about these engines, are rather known as power units. At the heart of it is what they call it is a power unit. It's essentially nothing but the crux of converting the fuel into motory rotors and making the car move on the track, the internal combustion engine, essentially, which is also how regular cars on the road operate. These, these...

...power units, are engines because they are subjected to so much stress, let's put it in a milder way, during the races. They don't last you throughout the season. And what you're going to hear probably before some races, after some races, is x team changed or updated. There are made some changes to their power unit, which falls under fire regulations, and then, depending on what sort of changes you've made, if you replace the whole thing, Blah Blah Blah, you get a corresponding penalty. Right. So this is also actually a huge part of the team strategies, because what happens is they have to ensure that during the best races which suit their car the most, they have to have the healthiest engine for those races because so that that way they can maximize the performance and extract the most out of the car. If they have an older engine or engine that's, you know, not at its speak performance, that's not going to help them. Yeah, and this, combined with aerodynamics, is essentially war to these. Again, I put it in codes, rocket ships for the road because, yeah, I mean what you have frind to wings in coach. You have rare wings in codes which sort of try to cut through the air as much as possible, giving aerodynamic to the car, combined with top of the line power unit, an engine which is makes these things, though, what a three hundred, three hundred fifty kilometers, but are honestly, it's a stretch to call these machines cards. They are not undertake the cars that we get out in the market. These are nothing but essentially a driver with engine strapped to his back and basically just placed in a carbon fiber monocoque which has wheels and a steering wheel, which connects everything and if events come by they'll never be recognized. For this is that if car yeah through, that true. that. Speaking of aerodynamics and additions to the CAR, if you've not followed F one, but our new to f one, you might notice, and even if you've seen a one, you might notice this, this three pronged thingy right in front of where the driver sits right and that's what f one calls a halo, Hlo Halo. This was introduced in two thousand and eighteen by FIA, but it was like way long proposed by teams like mere cites in two thousand and fifteen, and then, you know, soft demos were done in sixteen and so on and so forth. UNTU prive primarily adopted by FIA as a safety measure in two thousand and eighteen. And if you've seen any of the incidents that I've happened recent in in the recent times, like the nastiest one being grows on running into the wall and the car splaying and you know, him getting on fire, these halos have been so much protective because, a they are top of the line again, because this is f one, and now the safety standards are just off the limits. So much so that, even though the car ran through the barrier, the Halos what protected him. And I'm of the opinion and pretty sure that if it wasn't for Halo, sadly grows young wouldn't have been with us. So so halo's definitely being a good safety addition to the sport. And so if there are any speculations within their drivers who said we don't need this, why do we have this? I think everyone's of the opinion that this has been, time and again, very effective in either saving lives or preventing injuries. So, yeah, the three wrong thing. While you may think it's affecting visibility for drivers, it's it's...

...a lifesaver out there. Actually, it doesn't affect the visibility tart much. It doesn't, yeah, because basically the we are eyes work, since we see the equal amount from both our eyes, it kind of cancels it out since it's at the center of our eyes. So it doesn't affect the drivers as much. I think it kind of used to it and the protection that it provides. Yeah, prus you know, really out with the cons true, true, yeah, and that's why it's I think it's going to be like a permanent thing now. Going ahead. Yeah, for sure. By the way, have you all ever wondered do these cars have a clutch and if they do, how are how are these drivers that of pressing the clutch every single time and the amount of upshifts and downshifts they do? All Right, let me answer that for you. There is a clutch to begin with on the car, but the clutch is only used when the car needs to start from a stand still position. So if it's sort of run off that track and at me and it's come to a standstill and they needs to go from neutral to first gear, or during race starts or during any other time when it's going from standstill. But every other time the clutch never gets pressed because it's a dual clutch system and the upshift and the downshift paddle automatically take care of the clutching mechanism on the back hand, so the drivers don't have to worry much about pressing that clutch every corner or every time they they upshift down shift. But the speaking of the steering wheels are around, I can never get my head around all thest colorful buttons on their yeah, they pretty US look like a control for a spaceship. Right. Yeah, I guess that's why they call a fun seat a cockpit. Yeah, pretty much, these stew writting wheels themselves cost like hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are pretty much, you know, computers on their own, because basically the amount of stuff that they control in the car is insane. They're really complex and like they have a lot of partons. Like to call out a few. They have this button for radio, they have this button for a bit limited which restricts the speed in pit lanes. They have this another button, basically for water. The has this really funny clip of Kimmy Reich in in. If you have heard a US him, it has to be. Yeah, I think it is from two thousand and nineteen. If I'm not wrong, I think what happened was that Ferrari mistakenly forgot to connect his water bottle, so essentially he was not able to drink any water throughout the race. And Yeah, he was certainly twist off. It's a good back in for it. Like you will have you will not have the water. Relax, you will not. Yeah, yeah, this is, I think, one of the gems that Kimmy has given us in recent times anyways. Talking about the other buttons that are present on the steering wheel, you might have heard a lot of times that engineers come over the radio and give instructions to the driver, something like strats, even position to something like that. These things are basically small rootary dials on the steering wheel and they controlled the engine moods of the cart. Engine modes are nothing but different presets that are selected for different kinds of performance, because these teams are not always running the engines at the highest performance through the whole race, though. It has changed now in the recent times, because Fi has kind of clamped down on that, because teams...

...which were are better off, like mercendies, could really dial up their engine in two hundred percent in, you know, small patches where they really needed it, what they used to call as party mode. So they have kind of restricted that a bit. Now teams can only set the engine into a lower mode, and that too only when the health of the engine is in question. Otherwise you cannot use different engine words. But in all honesty, it hasn't given the same effect that if I hoped for. The team that actually benefited the most out of this was mercendies, because they pretty much are now running the engine at a hundred percent performance pretty much for the whole trees. Well, folks, now, if you hear change to Xmore do why? It's still arguing to me, but you know, someone's going to rotate some buttons and push something on the staring wheel which is going to make some changes. And another thing that I wanted to mention about the steering wheels is that, if you have noticed that whenever these drivers are getting in or getting out of their cars, they have to actually detach the steering wheels while doing that. Yeah, because these cockpits that they sit in are so narrow and there is so little tiens of that that if they did not remove the steering wheels, they cannot get out of the car. And another thing is that these fi basically manned. It's that you should be able to get out of the card within a couple of seconds in terms of an incident occurs. So, yeah, these wheels are like quick release and you know, the drivers can essentially get out quickly. Yeah, does does any other tech terminologies come to mind that we would have miss? Sarah, I can I can think of Um now. Nothing really comes to my mind as such. I think. Yeah, listeners, if there's anything that we probably missed or there's some particular topic related to technologies and terminologies that you want us to elaborate further on on in a follow up episode, please write to us and, yeah, we would love to talk a little bit more about that anyways. Moving on to the other topic, that is of penalties. So, depending on the kind of violations that these drivers come it, there are different kind of penalties that are awarded to these drivers. What fi is most netpicky about is a safety and they absolutely bring down the hammer on any driver which makes any violation in regards to safety. So drivers have to abide by those rules. The worst kind of the penalty that is generally given is a stopping go penalty, and in that you essentially have to get to the pit box wait at the pit stop for the amount of seconds that are included for the penalty and during that time no mechanic can work on the car. And even after you so your penalty, you have to get out of the pit box, you cannot make any changes to the car. You have to come back into the pit. All right, correct me if I'm wrong again, but like, if they still want to do tire like any changes, it will have to be after they've served their top in bore right, or they just aren't. Yep, Yep. Yeah, they have to come like go out on the track and come back again into the pit lane if they want to change anything in the car, though, other types of penalties that of like are given out, the five second and ten second penalties. In those cases mechanics can work on the cars, but that's only after they have served the penalty. Another...

...thing to notice that you have about two to three laps within which you have to get to the pit box to serve the penalty, because otherwise more penalties will be given to the driver. And Yeah, that that's just going to get worse. I remember that there was this race. I don't remember when or where, but a shoemaker was like leading the race and towards the end of the race, when they were I think, two laps meaning, he was given a penalty of stopping group, penalty which she had to serve. And basically what he did was during the last lap he entered the pit lane to service penalty and since the pit box for Frady was at the very end of the pit lane, the start finish line was like before the pit box. So he finished the race in the pit lane and came in first without surveying the penalty. That's a that's a that's probably one of the only weird endings. Yeah, the the clamp down in that rule now, obviously. Yeah, they have closed that loophole. Now then you also have your other types of penalties, like fines, which are generally, you know, put on the teams themselves, but sometimes they are also given to drivers for on sportsmanlike behavior. So and apart from that, you also have these penalty points, which kind of a similar to what we have on our license. Like if you commit any violations which affect the safety of the other drivers and yourself, you're given these penalty points which kind of accumulate and if, like, your penalty points cross a certain limit, which think around ten or twelve, you cannot participate in one, one or two upcoming races. Yeah, and this is like a super license right, like it's not the usual license that allows you to it's only for the race. I can I know like, as we've called the old Max hot atted. I think early on in his career he was accumulating some of these points to a to an extent that there would have been a scenario if you would have gone into like maybe one or two more incidents. And Oh, yeah, yeah, I remember that. All Right, folks, that was yet another episode from Fan Fiction, or fone fan fiction. However you want to call us, you can listen to us on any of your favorite streaming platforms. Our website is now live again. That's F one Fan fictioncom, and you can reach out to us on contact us at the rate F one Fan fictioncom. Feel free to let us know how you found this f one o one episode and if you'd want us to do more of things similar to this and not just race weekends. If there are any terms in terminologies or any concepts that you'd want us to cover, reach out to us at contact us at the rate if one fan fictioncom. You can also find us on instagram and twitter. Our handles at their rate. F One fan fiction common. Interact with us out there. Also, follow us for more content there. Until next episode, these are your host signing off by.

In-Stream Audio Search

NEW

Search across all episodes within this podcast

Episodes (49)