How it works:
It isn’t easy to contest Formula One’s claim that it is the most prestigious motorsport in the world. Formula cars with open wheels are designed only for performance and frequently reach track speeds of more than 200 mph. Unfathomable sums of money support top teams, and the series travels to wealthy havens like Monaco and Abu Dhabi. F1 has a lot going for it, especially considering its illustrious heritage, including drivers like Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna.
In Formula One, the term “formula” refers to automobile design regulations. The formula, which has been used since 2014, is built around a hybrid “power unit” consisting of a 1.4-liter turbocharged V6 with an electric motor that draws power from kinetic energy or surplus heat. The 11 teams presently receive their powertrains from four engine manufacturers: Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault.
Even if a team doesn’t produce its engines, it must still create its chassis, which is frequently half the battle in Formula One. Because aerodynamics are equally vital to power, cars are equipped with various odd-looking accessories like spoilers. “Drag reduction systems,” which enable drivers to modify aerodynamic components to facilitate passing in specific zones, are another aspect of F1 cars.
The Australian Grand Prix on March 18 kicks off the 2016 Formula One season. F1 hasn’t yet specified how it will be shown on American television in 2016, but it was split between Univision and CNBC or NBCSN in 2015. A few streaming choices are also available online. Because they occur worldwide, F1 races frequently air at odd hours of the day or night in the United States, so if you intend to watch them all, be ready for a few late nights.