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    Post by Ross on 20th February 2009, 10:48

    I found these statistics on the F1 website, quite interesting:

    From budgets spent to speeds reached, and from points scored to kilometres raced, Formula One racing is a numbers game through and through. Did you know, for example, that BMW Sauber dispatch 32 tonnes of air freight to flyaway races? Or that the team ate 100 kilogrammes of fruit per Grand Prix weekend last year? The German-Swiss squad reveal just some of the more surprising facts and figures from their 2008 season, as they look ahead to 2009…

    - Eleven podium places in 2008 were a record for BMW Sauber in their third season. Robert Kubica claimed one win, three second places and three third places. Nick Heidfeld finished in second place four times. Each of the two previous years had twice seen a driver ascend the podium.

    - In 2008 no team could match the race lap tally of BMW Sauber. With 1,112 out of a possible 1,117 race laps, Heidfeld topped the driver reliability statistics ahead of Kubica (1,084 laps). The shortfall was not due to any technical faults: Heidfeld brought a damaged car across the finish line in Monaco four laps behind and was lapped at the season final in Brazil. Kubica was involved in an accident in Melbourne (-11), went off in Silverstone due to aquaplaning (-21) and likewise saw the chequered flag in Brazil one lap behind.

    - In 2008, six F1.08 chassis were deployed on the track (02 to 07).

    - On the 17 race weekends, a total of 26,700 kilometres were covered in the F1.08: 13,716 km by Heidfeld and 12,984 km by Kubica.

    - Each race weekend involves a team of around 80. Apart from the team management and the three drivers, this includes 18 engineers, more than 30 mechanics, one or two logistics staff, hosts for sponsors and the Paddock Club, the press department and the catering staff.

    - The workforce at the Hinwil and Munich locations totals 680. During the development phase, numbers in Switzerland were boosted from 275 to almost 430 employees. During the same period Munich saw its staff shrink from almost 300 to 250.

    - There are generally six people occupying the ‘command centre’ on the pit wall stand. From left to right: Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Race Engineer Heidfeld), Mike Krack (Chief Race Engineer), Beat Zehnder (Team Manager), Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director), Willy Rampf (Technical Coordinator), Antonio Cuquerella (Race Engineer Kubica). They watch a total of 24 monitors, some of which are split screens offering multiple views. The official FOM pages giving lap times, the weather and news channel and the circuit map are watched by everyone. In addition, the cars’ telemetry data is available, as is the FIA’s marshalling system which tracks the position of all moving cars on the track (shown as coloured dots on the circuit map). Beyond this there is the team’s own car positioning system that enables pit stop forecasts and strategic decisions. On the pit wall, information is also gathered on the time and duration of other teams’ stops and on their tyres. Communication is via a total of six radio channels and seven intercom channels. Radio contact between the drivers and the team must be made accessible to the FIA.

    - For flyaway Grands Prix, the team dispatches some 32 tonnes of air freight. That includes three chassis (two cars plus a spare chassis), six to eight engines, three to five sets of spare parts, 160 wheel rims, 100 radio sets, headphones, tools, computers and the pit garage equipment. Everything is packed into four ‘igloos’ (huge containers) from Hinwil, one igloo from Munich, two lower-deck containers and two ten-foot pallets from Hinwil and one from Munich.

    - The transportation fleet for the European Grands Prix comprises five trucks from Hinwil and one engine truck from Munich.

    - Seven trucks transport the team’s hospitality unit within Europe, four of which form an integral part of its sophisticated construction.

    - The hospitality unit, which takes twelve men 36 hours to erect, has 37 plasma screens running. 40 kilometres of cables are laid for the power and network supply.

    - The kitchen is kept busy feeding and watering team members and guests: in 2008 average consumption per Grand Prix weekend amounted to 140 kilograms of meat, 100 kg of fish, 100 kg of fruit, 90 kg of vegetables, 40 kg of cheese, 1,000 eggs, 1,800 bread rolls plus 2,500 litres of water and soft drinks.

    Think Formula One racing and the numbers that normally spring to mind are power outputs, top speeds and budgets. But numerically speaking there is far more than meets the eye to the average Grand Prix season. Did you know, for example, that brake discs can reach temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Celsius? Or that it takes around 40 hours to assemble a gearbox? BMW Sauber reveal some of the more surprising facts and figures from their 2008 season, as they continue to prepare for their '09 campaign...

    - A driver sheds an average of two kilos in weight per Grand Prix.

    - The average cockpit temperature is 50 degrees Celsius.

    - A modern Formula One helmet is made of carbon and must not exceed 1,800 grams in weight, as stipulated in the regulations.

    - Following the abolition of traction control, the F1.08 accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.75 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 5.05 seconds. It took 0.75 seconds - equivalent to 50 metres - to brake from 300 to 200 km/h, which equates to 4.5g.

    - In extreme braking manoeuvres, drivers are briefly subjected to 5g.

    - Carbon brake discs and pads need a minimum operating temperature of 500–650 degrees Celsius. During braking they hit temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius.

    - Some parts of the protective monocoque consist of up to 60 layers of carbon fibre. A single carbon fibre is around six micrometres thick.

    - Formula One tyres may heat up to 130 degrees Celsius. Beyond this level, there is an increased risk of blistering.

    - After a race, it takes the team at least eight working hours to dismantle the car, test and replace individual components, and reassemble the car.

    - It takes some 120 working hours to assemble the BMW engine, which consists of approximately 1,100 different parts and around 5,000 parts in total.

    - Maximum piston acceleration is 10,000 times the speed of the earth’s rotation. Peak piston speed is 40 metres a second - or from zero to 100 km/h in 0.3 milliseconds. A force of almost three tonnes is exerted on the conrod. The average piston speed is around 25 metres per second.

    - The exhaust reaches temperatures of up to 950 degrees Celsius.

    - Over an average race distance of 300 kilometres, the BMW V8 engine undergoes around 6.5 million ignitions per Grand Prix.

    - When the car comes into the pits during practice or qualifying, oil samples are taken for immediate spectrometer analysis. Traces of metal in the oil provide important indications as to the state of the engine.

    - It takes around 40 working hours to assemble a new BMW gearbox.

    - The G1.09 gearbox and associated hydraulics comprise around 1,500 parts in total, of which 480 are different components.

    - About 20 gearboxes are built for test rig trials and for use in testing and races. They are overhauled several times.

    - In a gearshift process, the existing gear is released and the new one already engaged in a matter of 0.004 seconds. It takes 50 times as long to bat an eyelid.

    - High-precision bearings with ceramic rolling elements allow the shafts in the gearbox to operate with a minimum of oil.

    - The oil temperature inside the gearbox can rise to 150 degrees Celsius.

    - The car’s engineer can choose from more than 50 different gear ratios when adjusting the individual gears to a particular track.


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