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Need for Speed: Gear Up for the Thrills of Formula 1 Racing

by Jarone Ashkenazi

Mar 7, 2023

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March 2023

Formula 1 tands as the highest class of international racing for open-wheel, single-seater formula racing cars; here the need for speed is real. The F1 cars — the fastest regulated road-course racing cars in the world — reach speeds exceeding 200 mph, with the world record of 231.4 mph set by driver Valtteri Bottas in the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix.

The sport dominates headlines across the world, and this year’s 23-race schedule sets a record for Grand Prix, including a maiden Las Vegas Grand Prix and six sprint weekends, with the pre-season test in Bahrain. Comprising 10 teams (Alfa Romeo, Alpha Tauri, Alpine, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Haas, Mercedes, McLaren, Red Bull and Williams) each with two drivers, the worldwide sport became ever-present in the current lexicon due to Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive and its behind-the-scenes look at drivers and races.

This heart-pumping docu-series immerses the audience in the cockpits and paddocks of each team, showing the emotional roller coaster of drivers and team dynamics along with the passion and excitement when engines turn on and the roar takes over the crowd. Viewers for the first time get close to the extraordinary speeds, turbulent crashes and constant danger for drivers every time they put on their helmets and get ready for a race.

Not only does the fast-paced nature of the sport draw fans to watch and cheer for their favorite racer, but Formula 1 also proves a big business driver thanks to sponsorships, media rights, ticket sales and other factors. According to reports, overall F1 revenue rose from $668 million in 2021 to $715 million in 2022, from July to September in each respective year, both covering seven races.

Following a record year for Red Bull Racing, which saw its top driver, Max Verstappen, take first place and another driver, Sergio Perez, take third, top teams like Mercedes and record-setting driver Lewis Hamilton look to regain the crown this year. Starting March 5 in Bahrain and culminating Nov. 26 in Abu Dhabi, the circuit will surely excite fans across the globe as superfast cars whisk around the tracks.

View the full schedule and purchase ticket packages at f1experiences.com.

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