Five techie reasons to follow F1

If you are a techie or geek, did you know that Formula 1 is your kind of sport? The Formula One World Championship is the most watched sporting event in the world, and there are good geeky reasons not to be left out.

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Space travel

Elon Musk would have been better advised to put a Formula 1 car into orbit. It has the appearance of an exotic space fighter, with the screaming engine to match. It may be an old cliché but if it was not for downforce, an F1 car would take off. It has no wings, so it can’t fly, but at least in space there isn’t a wrong way up and there is no danger of landing driver-side down.

Computer power

During any race weekend, gigabytes of data are streamed between the cars and the engineers who call the race strategy. Millions of calculations are endlessly crunched for this decision making. Computer-operated systems in the car give a driver much more to do than steer – think navigating a busy sidewalk looking at an iPad.

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For the love of sci-fi

While Hollywood has ventured into the world of motorsport, sci-fi/F1 crossovers are not that common. This being said, the pod-racing on Tatooine in Star Wars was obviously based on the privateer days of F1, with the pods crashing in a way reminiscent of disintegrating F1 cars.

Action-packed racing does not need to be light years away to remain exotically located; for example, access to the Spain F1 Paddock Club at the Barcelona Grand Prix is about having the same experience of being immersed in an event and is eminently achievable through events companies such as


Three things encourage technical development like no other: war, space exploration and F1, which has made a major contribution to hybrid engine technology. F1 has undoubtedly shaped the future for road cars.


An F1 driver’s overalls are essential for safety and are definitely not cosplay. It is not so long ago that an F1 race would feature a cockpit fire in which someone could burn to death. F1 drivers are now super-fit to withstand the physical rigours of a race. Seated inches off the tarmac, the temperature of their cockpits will reach 140ºF and they will be subject to space launch equivalent G-forces.