Every formula One race driver would have gone through different races of the same kind to qualify for the Formula One Race. Apart from Formula 3 and Formula 2, there will be qualifying sessions based on track, the car, health conditions and the efficiency of team.
Formula One race driver would have multiple sessions to qualify depending on various aspects like time of the total race, time taken for a single lap, average of lap completion, team performance during pit stops and threat to other drivers. This session will happen individually and with a team of race drivers. During 90s, the qualifying sessions turned out to be more challenging by racing in different weather conditions.
Journey to Formula One Race
Post 2006, FIA introduced a different kind of qualifying parameter called thump out. There will be three rounds called Q1, Q2 and Q3. The authorities take every single point into consideration apart from speed and time to determine the result. Drivers will get to test the track before the qualifying round starts. Every Race driver gets their turn to practice and test the racing track to understand the strategies and plans of Race.
Every Qualifying round eliminates at least 5 or more racers from participating on the big day. Every lap and round ads and deducts points depending on the performance of the driver. The drivers will not get to change tires as frequently as on the race day. It is the driver’s responsibility to avoid the tire’s damage till the race ends.
It is challenging to qualify for the actual race than to race on the race day. Drivers will not have room for comfort in using the pit stops or changes in spare parts. Any minor mistake will lead to disqualifying the race, but will have an option of restarting the qualifying round on the same day with authority’s permission.
Race on the Race day
The Formula One race starts with a warm-up lap to understand the track with the present weather conditions. The warm up lap can be considered as a practice lap too provided you are well versed with the weather conditions. The warm up lap also provides some amount of heat to the car’s engine to keep it running efficiently throughout the race. The race starts with 5 sets of lights coming one after the on the light board for 3 consecutive times.
Most of the cars try to take a lead in the initial 10 seconds to have the dominance on the race. One more advantage of taking a lead in the initial part of the game is to have a better picture of the path. When less drivers or no driver is ahead of you, you get to focus more and drive with less pressure.
Most of the popular drivers and cars would take a lead and the race with their worthy opponents instead of struggling with plenty of cars around. The car’s mechanism is designed in such a way that it can gain momentum in a short span of time and only best drivers can utilize this advantage.
Under typical circumstances, Race gets to finish with a minimum of 80 laps covering a distance of more than 300Kms. Different circuits will have different issues and advantages such as lap distance, bends, weather conditions and so on.. The Driver would study the track or circuit thoroughly before the race starts to avoid any kind of time wastage during the actual race.
These circuits are expensive to maintain and would be taken utmost care during preparation. Most of the racing circuits would organize every small thing which is required for the race driver or his team to have.