Get in the driver’s seat

Why you should start watching Formula 1


Mia DiValerio, Staff Writer

Formula 1 (F1) is a high-speed car race with tons of action, rivalry, and strategy. With the rise of the 2019 Netflix show, Drive to Survive, the sport F1 has become a very popular weekly watch among many adults and teenagers worldwide. Even with the Netflix docuseries and worldly news coverage, F1 does not get the attention it deserves.

The main attraction to Formula 1 racing is all about the speedy cars and expert drivers. These amazing cars are built from scratch with the latest technology created. The engineers who work for F1 teams are some of the best in the world. It’s truly the forefront of technological innovation in the automotive industry. 

With each team constantly pushing each other on the limits of what’s even possible, these cars can reach speeds of up to 370 km/h (230 mph). Watching the cars whip around the track is an exhilarating experience, with drivers navigating through tight corners and straights at breakneck speeds. 

F1 is not just cars on a track. Detailed strategic planning is one of the most important parts of these races. Teams carefully manage their resources, more specifically, their pit stops. 

Teams and drivers need to decide when is the right time to go into the pit and change their tires. The strategy is to do this as fast as you can. Teams practice before every race and constantly during the off-season to perfect their pit stops. The fastest pit stop in F1 history is 1.82 seconds, performed by Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team.  

Another reason why Formula 1 gained a large following is because it’s a truly global sport. Drivers are from various countries, and races are held worldwide. In the 2023 season, we will get to see races broadcasted from Italy, Monaco, Singapore, Netherlands, Austria, and many other amazing places. 

Each race has its own unique atmosphere and track, with fans from around the world coming together to cheer on their favorite drivers and teams. 

This sport is very easy to follow. There are only 10 teams and two drivers per team. You get familiar with almost every driver after watching only a few times. This contrasts with other professional sports teams, such as the NFL has 32 teams and about 50 players per team. It’s very difficult to be an expert on every player and team.

As a viewer, it’s a very low commitment to watch. The races are once a week for approximately 90 minutes. With all of the different time zones the teams travel to, the races are sometimes not available to watch at decent hours in the United States, but recording them on TV is an easy solution to this.

The drama and excitement are the ultimate pull-ins. Unexpected twists and turns occur during every race. From last-minute crashes to photo finishes, anything can happen in Formula 1.