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New to Formula One Racing? The Top 5 Facts You Need to Know

Blog: The Tibco Blog

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There are some big changes happening in Formula One, which means it’s a great time to start watching if you are new to the circuit. With the recent Mercedes-AMG Petronas car launch, new 2021 regulations, and shifting race schedules, there’s a lot to catch up on for long-time fans and newbies alike!

Want to impress your friends with your F1 knowledge? Here are the top 5 facts new F1 fans need to know.

1. The Language of Formula One: Explained 

Formula One has a lot of industry-specific terms, which have come to the forefront with the recent car launches. New regulations talk a lot about downforce, dirty air, and floor edges. But what are they and what do they mean?

Here are some key terms, explained:

2. Racing All Over the Map: Why It Matters

If you’ve ever watched James Bond, you’re familiar with the prestige of Monaco. The flashing lights, shiny cars, bedazzled stars–all that is true of a race weekend–but don’t let the glamour fool you. Racing is hard work.

The most important thing you need to know about Formula One circuits is that each racetrack comes with its own set of challenges, whether it’s altitude, angles, speed, or climate–each team has to meticulously prepare for every race.

Here are some quick facts about some of the hardest tracks:

3. What’s With All the Flags? A Quick Explanation

Flags identify when cars must slow down or exit the track based on external conditions. Believe it or not, racing flags can actually change the outcome of a Grand Prix. A black flag can end a race for the best of drivers. Here’s what they mean:

4. Formula One in the Media: What to Watch

Formula One is no stranger to the movies and every die-hard fan has seen them all. The easiest way to understand the sport (and your racing friends) is to see F1 in action both on and off the big screen.

Here are some of the most famous movies and tv shows you can binge:

5. Mercedes Reigns Supreme: the Ultimate Racing Champions

So who should you keep an eye out for during race weekends?

Mercedes-AMG Petronas is a 7-time world champion in F1. Their premiere driver, Lewis Hamilton, broke over 4 major F1 records just last year. And over our five years of partnership, the Team has amassed more than 50 race wins by using data insights to inform car design, race strategy, and driver performance.

For the latest information on Formula One, keep up to date here, where you can learn how the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team uses data and analytics as a competitive advantage to fuel victory on and off the track. 

And follow along on all the excitement with TIBCO on our LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with the hashtag #TIBCOfast. See you in Bahrain on the 26th!

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