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The Role of Aerodynamics in F1 Cars

Updated: Jan 9, 2022

Author: Dalin Try

Editor: Kira Tian

Artist: Gianluca Zhang

To those who are not familiar with Formula 1 (F1), it is a yearly motor racing competition where drivers from different automobile companies compete to see who is the best driver and best constructor. The race is held at different locations across five continents known as the “Grand Prix.” More specifically, the race takes place at circuits that have already been approved and licensed by the F1 committee; these circuits feature straights, tight corners, speed traps, Drag Reduction System (DRS) zones, and a pit lane. Depending on which circuit they are racing that weekend, teams would need to come up with strategies and optimize their cars in order to undergo the grueling circuit and accommodate potential rain. What makes F1 a unique sport is its combination of engineering and racing: for a team t