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Will F1 ever race at Le Mans?
The 24 hours of Le Mans is a highlight of the motorsports calendar each year. Fans love watching drivers take on the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe; with its many straights and tight corners. But it’s been well over 50 years since F1 came to Le Mans and currently, there are no plans for F1 to race there in the future.
Do F1 drivers drive in Le Mans?
There will also be 18 other former F1 race drivers in the Le Mans field, from grand prix winners, like Giancarlo Fisichella, to Stephane Sarrazin, who retired from the only F1 race he ever entered. In honour of these 19 racers, here are the top 10 F1 drivers who have also raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Why is F1 not in Le Mans?
They don’t race in the Le Mans 24 Hour race because there is no eligible category for them and there is no reason or benefit for a F1 team to run a car there. It would cost a lot of money, would divert resources and attention from the F1 World Championship and would count for nothing.
Are LMP faster than F1?
As you may have noticed, the LMP1 car accelerates much faster than a Formula 1 car. The F1 car can go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, but the LMP1 car does the same in 1.9 seconds. The sheer downforce that a Formula 1 car is able to produce in cornering means that it can corner at a much faster speed than an LMP1 car.
What is a Le Mans car?
A Le Mans Prototype (LMP) is the type of sports prototype race car used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series. The technical requirements for an LMP include bodywork covering all mechanical elements of the car.
Why is F1 not at Le Mans?
They don’t race in the Le Mans 24 Hour race because there is no eligible category for them and there is no reason or benefit for a F1 team to run a car there.
How do F1 and LMS qualifying times compare at Le Mans?
The LMS pole time at Catalunya this year was a fraction over 14\% slower than the best time in F1 qualifying. Stephane Sarrazin’s pole position time for Peugeot at Le Mans this year was a 3’18.513. Based on the difference between the F1 and LMS times at Catalunya this year, the projected fastest lap time by an F1 car would be 2’54.118.
Why does the Bugatti track have a different layout to Le Mans?
This layout allowed for a better transition from the Le Mans circuit to the Bugatti circuit.
What is the fastest qualifying lap average speed in Formula 1?
The fastest qualifying lap average speed dropped only from 249.826 to 243.329 km/h (155.235 to 151.198 mph) in 1992, and it rose up to a record 251.882 km/h (156.512 mph) in 2017, beating the previous all-time of 250.069 and 251.815 km/h (155.386 and 156.471 mph) set by the Porsche 917 and 962, respectively.
Where is the Bugatti Circuit de la Sarthe?
Circuit de la Sarthe Location Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France Coordinates 47°56′15.7″N 0°13′32.2″E / 47.937694 FIA Grade 2 (Endurance) 2 (Bugatti) Owner Automobile Club de l’Ouest Ville du Mans