5 of the most important roles in an F1 team



Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and owned by the Formula One Group. A Formula One season is made up of quite a number of races known as “Grands prix” which are held on various circuits all over the world. Two champions emerge from the race:

The Formula One World Driver’s Champion and the Formula One Constructor champion. While the Driver’s championship celebrates individual performance, the constructor’s championship celebrates the team performance. The two championships celebrate the overall performance of the vehicle; the Vehicle’s performance.

5 Important Roles In A Formula One Team

While the drivers, engineers and constructors are the most applauded members of any F1 team, there are also very important members of the team who hold very important positions behind the scenes.  Building an F1 car and ensuring it functions properly is dependent on the specialist skills of quite a number of experts from various scientific fields.

These experts make up the behind the scenes engineering and kinetics of F1 vehicles cars ensuring that the race goes on smoothly without glitches or hitches. These experts hold important roles that are just as vital to every F1 race as drivers, engineers and constructors are. Here are 5 of the most important roles in an F1 team:

  1. Drivers:

The drivers of Formula One teams are by far the most visible members of the teams. They are the face of the team and much more than that, the hands. In motorsports, where teams are constantly tuning their cars to the best attainable standards, the difference usually comes down to how good the driver is. Each F1 team has two drivers.

Each Formula One team has two drivers. Each driver is in competition with other drivers including those on the same team. The best drivers are required to possess certain qualities including, strength, endurance, mental alertness, quick reflexes as well as the desire to be recognized as the best in the craft.

  1. Pit Stop Members

F1 pit stop members are the only other people on this list that have a direct influence on the outcome of the races. In a sport where speed is king, the speed at which the pit-stop team members do their work can actually influence the results by a significant margin.

The duties of F1 pit stop team members include changing all four wheels and fixing the wings and nose if damaged. The really impressive thing about their work is how fast they do it with the record time being 1.92s.

The team usually has more than 20 members, led by an overseer curiously named the lollipop man who co-ordinates their activities.

  1. Fuel Chemists:

It is impossible for F1 car to move without its go juice, as such, while engineers, and constructors get all the applause for the car’s construction and design, without the special skills of a fuel specialist, the car would only remain stagnant. As such, it is no surprise that fuel specialist have sometimes been referred to as the “Thanos” of motor engineering responsible for bringing balance to all things.

They are responsible for fine-tuning the chemical composition of the fuel for the F1 car, optimizing octane levels to match the vehicle’s individual characteristics, correcting its weight, acceleration and not forgetting the engine’s unique architecture. A Formula One car can be boosted up to 40bhp by a perfectly tailored fuel which the fuel specialist creates. The fuel specialist also develops new additives which boosts the car’s performance in compliance with the rules of the race.

  1. Telemetry Modeler

The telemetry modeler is another important member of a Formula One team. Telemetry involves collecting and collating data on the activities of all components, analyzing their interactions and finding new ways to exploit their behaviors. This science was initially designed for testing military jets has been incorporated in automobile racing by fitting the cars with an endless array of sensors to monitor what part of the car is doing as well as their response to extreme conditions.

Telemetry modelers are specialists in complex systems science aimed at making sense of systems from various inputs such as from a hurricane to an economy.  In Formula One races, these telemetry modeler experts collect and interpret live wireless feedback that would allow pit crews and team strategists make critical decisions at the last minute. As such, the existing twists and turns of the race are usually following the telemetry modeler’s instructions.

  1. Surface Finishing: 

Getting a smooth finish on motor components is almost as difficult as rocket science, and what is more amazing is that it uses the same technology as rocket science. Attempting to reduce the friction coefficient of both internal and external parts is more complex than merely waxing these components. Super finishing in Formula One racing involved producing components with surface roughness as low as 0.02Ra, this is more than twice as slick as the Teflon used by NASA for its rocket heat shielding.

Super finishing vastly reduces grinding and friction heat in the vehicle which is quite essential for its extreme operating environment thus allowing the cars make it to the end of the race even with its high speed and increased friction. Without proper finishing, there is a chance that the vehicle might burst into flames or its components might suffer from wear and tear more quickly.

Automobile racing has come to be a very important sport in recent times, with the Formula One Grands Prixs (races) taking the lead as the most love and most attended of these races. The Formula One team is made up of quite a number of people who perform various roles. While many members of a Formula One team are important, some are more important than the others, performing roles that are vital to each race.

While only some of these team members are publicly applauded, the other team members who are responsible for figuring out the sciences and dynamics of each car in the F1 Grands Prix are also very important as without them, the cars might not work, and it is popular knowledge that the F1 cars are the joy of each race

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