Until 1957 , the length of the championship events were of 500 kms or 3 hrs.
In the 1956 British Grand Prix during qualifying four drivers clocked the same time of 1m 44 secs; while another four cars were bracketed together on 1m 49 secs
The timing sensor is embedded in the track where it can register movement. A transponder mounted on the car triggers a sensor (fitted on the track) in each start position to identify jump starts, and a sensor in each team’s pit bay measures the duration of pit stops.
Tag Heuer’s (Official Timekeeper for Formula 1 races) timing center is so huge that it takes no less than 26 trucks to transport the center around the European leg of the championship, and two and a half Boeing 747s for races outside Europe.
Formula 1 timings are accurate to 1/1000th of a second. Why aren’t the accurate to 1/10,000th of a second?
Imagine a car traveling at 240kmph. 1/1000th of a second represents more or less
seven centimeters. But 1/10,000th of a second represents less than seven millimeters and devices capable of recording distances with this sort of exactness
are not yet quite reliable.
Question and Answers
When was the first Formula 1 championship contested?
Which was the first race of the F1 world championship?
What’s the history of the Silverstone circuit?
Who won the first ever Formula 1 race ?
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Who was the first Formula 1 World Champion?
Where and when did the first rear-engined car make its appearance?
Which was the first car to have a rear-engine fitted?
Who was the driver (Hint : Cooper-JAP) to drive the first ever rear-engine fitted car?