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2015 Formula 1 Tours & Travel Packages • Sportsnet Holidays

Formula 1® – Travel Packages & Tours

From $829 AUD per person
Date 12 Mar, 2015 25 Sep, 2015
Formula 1 Grand Prix

Formula 1® Travel Packages and Tours by Sportsnet Holidays

At Sportsnet Holidays we LOVE Formula 1®, and we love it LIVE! Let Sportsnet show you why Formula 1® is considered to be the pinnacle of motor racing at some of the greatest Grand Prix circuits in the world. We have travel deals for 5 of the race events on the F1® Calendar including the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de Monaco, the Australian Grand Prix and the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Whether you’re looking for that special sports tour experience or searching for a great corporate incentive solution for your employees or clientele, we have a package to suit your needs. Sportsnet’s Formula 1® travel packages include: Official F1® track passes and tickets, tours, accommodation, flights, transfers, access to exclusive functions and more!

If you’re interested in joining Sportsnet Holidays for one or all of the available events on the Formula 1® Schedule, please register your interest by completing the Enquiry Form at the bottom of the Package that suits you. Otherwise, to speak to one of our experienced and helpful Travel Consultants, please FREE CALL 1300 888 858. Alternatively, you can send us an email at if you have a special request or query.

Formula One - Red Bull imageWHAT IS FORMULA ONE?
The FIA Formula One World Championship (also referred to as Formula One, Formula 1 and F1) is the highest class of single-seat auto racing sanctioned by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). Formula One races are held all over the planet on purpose-built circuits and public roads. Formula One cars are the fastest road racing cars on the planet, reaching race speeds of up to 330km/h. Two Formula One championships run simultaneously throughout the season; a Drivers Championship and a Constructors Championship. Points are distributed from each race towards the Championship.
The formula itself is a set of rules which all participants must adhere to. Since its inception, the formula has evolved and changed to keep up with technology development, to improve safety requirements and more recently, reduced environmental impact.
Formula One car 1956 imageThe FIA Formula One World Championship (also referred to as Formula One, Formula 1 and F1) was first run in 1950, with the first race held at Silverstone, UK. However, its roots trace back to Grand Prix racing of the early 1900’s. In its first season, the Formula One championship season ran over just seven races, six of which were held in Europe. The seventh race was held in the US as the Indianapolis 500. Today, the Formula One season spans nineteen races across every populated continent except for Africa. The winner of the first World Championship for drivers was Giuseppe Farina in his Alfa Romeo. Juan Manuel Fangio won the title in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. His record of five World Championship titles stood for 45 years (broken by Michael Schumacher in 2003 who eventually went on to win seven titles). Fangio has long been considered the Grand Master of Formula One. Formula One cars have evolved significantly since 1950 and today, are almost unrecognisable when compared their ancestry. The only visual similarities being that they are an open cockpit single-seater, open wheeled car.
Formula One can be seen in almost every country around the world and attracts one of the largest global television audiences. In 2001, the season was broadcast to 200 countries and the cumulative television audience for the season was calculated to be 54 billion! In 2008, there was an average global audience of 600 million viewers per race.
There are two championships which run throughout the Formula One season; the Drivers Championship and the Constructors (Team) Championship. Points are awarded to drivers based on finishing position of each race with points available to the first ten finishers. The winner of a race receives 25 points and the tenth place finisher receives 1 point. The exception in 2014 is the season final at Abu Dhabi, where double points are available. Points awarded to drivers are also awarded to the constructors which they drive for. At the end of the season, the driver and constructor who has amassed the most points is awarded their respective championship title.
There are currently eleven constructors competing in Formula One:
– Mercedes
Formula One car image- Red Bull Racing-Renault
– Ferrari
– Williams-Mercedes
– McLaren Mercedes
– Force India-Mercedes
– Scuderia Torro Rosso (STR)-Renault
– Lotus-Renault
– Marussia-Ferrari
– Sauber-Ferrari
– Caterham-Renault
There are 22 drivers competing in the 2014 Formula One season (2 drivers per team). Most F1 drivers start their careers in kart racing competitions and make their way up through European single seater series like Formula Ford, Formula Renault, Formula 3 and the GP2 series. In order to race in Formula One, a driver must hold an FIA Super Licence. This is to ensure the driver holds the requisite skills and is not a danger to others. Each driver selects an unassigned number between 2 and 99 which they keep for their time racing in tFormula One. Number one is reserved for the reigning drivers champion who may use number one or their own number. 32 different drivers have won the world championship, with Michael Schumacher holding the record the for the most championships, seven.
Yas Marina Circuit imageFormula One circuits can be either a purpose built facility (Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi) or a street circuit (Monte Carlo, Monaco). All circuits feature a stretch of straight road on which the starting grid is situated. The pit lane is located next to the starting grid. Circuits may vary greatly from here but most run in a clockwise direction. Safety is a heavy consideration in track design, with Monaco being the only current circuit which does not meet the safety standards imposed on other tracks. Monaco is primarily still in use due to its glamour and history with the sport. Three-time World Champion, Nelson Piquet famously described Monaco as “like riding a bicycle around your living room”. Most modern Formula One circuits were designed by Hermann Tilke.
The modern Formula One car is a mid-engined open cockpit, open wheel single-seater. Chassis are predominantly made of carbon fibre composites. The entire car, including engine, fluids and driver weighs 691kg – the minimum weight set by FIA regulations. Formula One cars are capable of reaching race speeds up to 330km/h. However, a Honda F1 car running with minimum downforce, driving down a runway in the Mojave desert was able to reach a top speed of 415km/h in 2006.
F1 Engine imageENGINES
The current engine used by Formula One cars is a turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 “power-unit”. In addition to the combustion engine and turbocharger, theres a unit which collects kinetic energy through braking (MGU-K), a unit which collects heat energy through the exhaust (MGU-H), Energy Stores (ES) which store the collected energy and Control Electrics(CE) which manages the entire power unit. The MGU-K and MGU-H make up what is called the ERS (Energy Recovery System). The engine itself produces around 600bhp and the ERS can contribute approximately 160bhp of additional power for around 33 seconds per lap.
In addition to slick tyres and suspension, cornering speed is maintained via “wings” mounted on the front and back of the car. These wings generate downforce (Which combines with “ground-effect”; creation of suction under the flat bottom of the car) to push the car onto the track, allowing for extremely high cornering speeds. Carbon disc brakes are also used as they provide a very high level of performance.
Formula One steering wheel imageThe steering wheel on an F1 car is far more than than the name suggests. It is the critical interface between the driver and the car. Aside from the brake and throttle pedals, all controls for the car are on the steering wheel. The car’s semi-automatic gearbox is controlled via the paddle shifters on the back of the wheel and there are a multitude of buttons on the front of the wheel, controlling things like the pit lane speed limiter system, the ERS and DRS controls, as well as fuel mixture and engine maps. The steering wheel also features an LCD screen to transmit data to the driver, display optimal gear shift timing and allows Race Control to  communicate with the driver. Each F1 steering wheel costs around $50,000 USD.
– The winner of the first Formula One World Championship was Giuseppe Farina
– Juan Manuel Fangio won the title five times in the 1950’s and his record stood for 45 years
– Micheal Schumacher holds the record for the most titles, with seven to his name
– Jack Brabham was Australia’s first World Drivers Champion, winning in 1959, 1960 and 1966
– Alan Jones was Australia’s 2nd and last World Drivers Champion, winning in 1980
– The British and Italian Grands Prix are the only two events to have been held every Formula One season
– Grands Prix have been held in Monaco since 1929
– In 1960, Alan Stacey lost his life when he crashed after a bird flew into his face while the car was at top speed. Full visor helmets did not come into use until eight years later.
– The most powerful engine used in F1 was the BMW M12 which in 1986, was estimated to produce 1400 HP during F1 pit stop imagequalifying
– In 1950, a pit stop involving refueling and tyre change took around 67 seconds
– Today, a pit stop involving refueling and a tyre change takes around 3 seconds
– Wings did not appear on Formula One cars until 1968
– An F1 car can accelerate from 0 – 160km/h then stop in under fives seconds
– The carbon brakes on an F1 car need to be at least 500℃ to work effectively and will work up to 1000℃


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