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How women have shaped the world of motorsport

With the 2018 F1 season already gathering momentum and having a grand total of 21 Grand Prix’s scheduled, it’s interesting if you take a look through the list of 2018 F1 drivers. There is a good age range, with Williams’ Lance Stroll, the youngest at 19 and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen the oldest at 38 but, yet again, all 20 drivers are men. The front line absence of women in F1 has been a talking point for some years, but although female F1 drivers are not making it onto the Formula 1 grid, there are women racing drivers represented in Formula one development and the proportion of female racing drivers to male is bigger than it ever has been.
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Formula E will stop at new locations in both South America and Europe – with races in the Chilean capital of Santiago in February, a first race in Brazil on the streets of Sao Paulo in March, and Rome in mid-April. The electric street racing series will also be returning to the French capital for the third edition of the Paris ePrix on April 28, building on the success of the previous two events to be held around Les Invalides.
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You can’t hold technology back and with exciting developments afoot in motorsport, who would want to try? Racing technology is always changing and can sometimes be controversial. Race organisers of future motorsports events will have to consider elements such as electric racing, including Formula E, and maybe even driverless car motorsport events. Our understanding of future motorsports will not just be influenced by changes in technology, external pressures such as sustainability concerns and social media influences will also play a part in how future racing pans out. There are interesting times ahead; we consider how future racing in motorsport is rapidly changing.
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Which factors affect the top speed of F1 cars and other motorsport cars?

You would be right to imagine that the F1 car top speed would be faster than the Formula E top speed but do you know by how much and how NASCAR top speed and IndyCar top speed fit into this picture? There are many factors that govern how fast a motorsport car can travel and the power of the engine is just the start. Braking ability is important because drivers can only go as fast as allows them to brake for corners. Lift (upwards vertical aerodynamic force) and downforce (downwards vertical aerodynamic force) also play a strong part, as do tire quality and driver ability.
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There is no doubt about it, motorsport is an exhilarating and stimulating sport to watch and for many, attendance at a motorsport event, is a highlight of their year. The term ‘motorsport’ covers an extremely wide range of events, from the large circuit, international Formula 1 races to the small races organised by local motor clubs, but at all of these, crowd safety should be a primary consideration. Motorsport is inherently dangerous but this is part of the thrill, the sometimes-difficult task of the event organiser is to find the balance between the buzz of possible risk and the safety of all those involved.
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Motorsport Developments and Formula E

June 27th and June 28th 2017 saw the streets of London welcome its first experience of Formula E. The introduction of Formula E in Beijing in 2014 represented a historical first and a significant advance in motorsport developments because it was the world’s first racing series powered entirely by electricity. The development of cars for the Formula E series has been no mean feat in organisation, engineering and electricity storage with Williams Advanced Engineering supplying and developing the official Formula E battery used by all teams.
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Motorsport is an inherently dangerous pursuit and a total of 51 drivers have died whilst driving Formula 1 cars. Some of these were outside race weekends but 32 were during the weekends either during practice, qualifying or the race itself. The first F1 fatality was Cameron Earl who was test-racing a car, which overturned and left him with a broken skull.
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The world of Formula One is one that has attracted and excited people since its beginnings in 1950. It remains one of the most dangerous and expensive sports out there and attracts millions of pounds in sponsorship each year. We have been digging into this exhilarating motor sport and have found 50 incredible Formula 1 facts you probably didn’t know.
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