A Formula One season in numbers, by BMW Sauber 19 Dec 2007
Think Formula One racing and the numbers that normally spring to mind are power outputs, top speeds and multi-million dollar budgets. But numerically speaking there is far more than meets the eye to the average Grand Prix season.
Did you know, for example, that the BMW Sauber team consumed 90 kilograms of fish and 100 kilograms of pasta at every 2007 race? Or that they completed almost 24,000 test kilometres during the season? And thats just for starters
- The team introduced aerodynamic modifications 14 times in the 17 Grands Prix. The exceptions were the United States Grand Prix, during which the same squad ran the same medium downforce package used in Canada the week before, and at the last two races of the season, where the upgraded F1.07 was introduced.
- BMW Sauber brought six to eight engines, four chassis (three plus a spare), 160 wheel rims and 100 radio sets to each Grand Prix.
- Five trucks were used to transport the teams cars and equipment in Europe. Seven further trucks were needed to transport motor home facilities.
- On average, 1,000 eggs, 1,800 bread rolls, 120 kilos of meat, 90 kilos of fish and 100 kilos of pasta were consumed by team members and guests per Grand Prix weekend. Added to this were the 800 litres of water and 1,500 litres of soft drinks consumed per race.
- The BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park was set up on seven occasions over the season at Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, Silverstone, the Nurburgring, Rome, Warsaw and Shanghai.
- The F1.07 takes 2.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to100 km/h and 5.2 seconds to reach 200 km/h.
- It takes the F1.07 55 metres or two seconds to come to a standstill from 200km/h. The cars brake pads reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius.
- BMW Sauber covered a distance of 49,029 kilometres in the seasons 17 races and scored points at each event.
- Both BMW Sauber drivers finished in the points on nine occasions, with Nick Heidfeld scoring podium positions in Canada and Hungary.
- The BMW Sauber drivers made it into the top-ten qualifying shootout 17 times.
- Away from the Grands Prix the BMW Sauber completed 23,732 test kilometres between January 1, 2007 and the end of the season.
- The squads race and test teams covered over 8.6 million flying miles in 2007.
- Eight F1.07 chassis were used between the rollout and the final race of the season. Five were used in races (chassis numbers 03, 04, 05, 07, 08), while chassis numbers 01, 02 and 06 were used for testing.