What is the difference between F1 and F2: the conceptual and technical difference between F1 and F2, how the two tiers of car racing.
Formula 1 is the apex of car racing with 20 drivers vying for the Championship title, but there is also Formula 2, where the future stars of F1 nourish themselves before they race for the big guns.
All the renowned racers in the contemporary times raced in F2 before making it big in F1. Moreover, in the current lineup of F1, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Alex Albon, and Max Verstappen were racing in F2 a few years ago.
Thus, F2 is a crucial stage before one makes his career in F1. But there aren’t many differences in both areas and function on similar lines, but since it’s a stage for the development of the drivers, there are some fine exceptions and the Sportsrush will explain it.
What is the difference between F1 and F2
Unlike F1, every driver sits on the car designed by Dallara, cars are completely identical to each other while these drivers are backed by the same race engineers to ensure that the talent is recognized instead of victory of car specs.
All teams in F1 design their own chassis and aerodynamics but as mentioned above about F2 cars, all the designs and specs and the same, so everyone got equal resources in the car.
Formula 2 also uses the newly inducted engine in the 2018- V6 engine, but the horsepower and turbo power is lower which brings a difference in speed, which we will explain in the next section.
Since both F1 and F2 uses the same engine, then what brings the difference in speed? Honestly, after the newly inducted rules, F2 cars have come very near to F1 cars in terms of speed.
In 2017, the gap between an F1 car and an F2 car was more than 10 seconds in Barcelona, which has reduced with both adopting V6 engines in 2018. But the real difference comes when F1 cars are allowed to design their all cars and allowed them to make upgrades, chassis, and aerodynamics by themselves.
Unlike in F2 where all the cars are on same level. Moreover, the horsepower in an F2 car rpm of 10,000 while F1 cars hit up to 18,000 rpm. Thus, there is still a difference of some 20-30 Km’h between F1 and F2.
The budget of an F2 team is just a fraction of what F1 teams spend, according to the Forbes “F1 outfits spend an average of $250 million annually whilst F2 team budgets come to around 2.5%”.
The report further states that usually drivers even pay a certain amount to race in F2, while this thing is comparatively irregular in F1, with drivers like Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi accused of being pay-drivers.
Like F1 teams even F2 teams have owners and team but the capital expenditure is really less and even the crew and staff are very less, unlike the F1 teams.
This year there are 11 teams in F2, meanwhile only 10 in Formula 1. Usually, the academies of F1 teams are instrumental in settiung up an F2 side while placing their own driver from the academy.