Formula 1 racing is one of the most competitive sports around. It requires dedication, talent and total commitment. While it may seem like an dream job for many, becoming an adept driver requires years of hard work and a good amount of financial investment to climb the ranks to Formula 1. By knowing the steps necessary to become a Formula 1 racer, you can fully evaluate the risks and rewards in order to decide if it is the right sport for you.
1. Learn to kart
Almost all professional racing drivers started out in karting. Some experts argue that there is a perfect age to start running kart, but the truth is that anyone can develop skills, regardless of age.
2.Get a Karting Licence
You must have a valid karting license to race and prove that you can drive well enough not to be a danger to others, and if you are a young, you will also need the consent of your parents.
3. Try the karting races.
This method is the best way for younger runners to get involved in the sport. Most of the best Formula 1 drivers currently winning races started with karting racing cars.
Some organisations will give any beginner who applies a license so that they can start entry-level races in order to learn the sport. To enter more serious races though, you will have to continue applying for higher level licenses. You may have to pass a test from an accredited school or demonstrate proficiency in races at your current level before you are allowed to advance.
Buying a kart can be expensive, so you can hire a kart track for training purposes in the beginning.
4. Buy your karting car.
If you realise this is the sport for you and you become serious about racing, you will need a racing car. There are different racing cars depending on the type of race levels and it is likely that you will have to buy or rent several karting cars before moving on to the race cars.
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5.Think About financial support
Formula 1 is very competitive but it is also very expensive. You not only need to be dedicated and skilled to be a Formula 1 racing driver, but you need to be sure that you can finance it too. If you are concerned about finding the money yourself, see if you can get sponsorship or financial backing from an individual or company by demonstrating your talent and drive. If they think you are a future world champion, they will very definitely want to be a part of your success and will help you on your way.
If you thought that to drive a Formula 1 car you just needed talent and to know how to drive, the bad news is that you are wrong. In fact, there are a number of specialisation courses that are mandatory for anyone who wants to run. Therefore, look for one of the FIA accredited driving schools and take courses to master all the techniques. However, remember that each course has a value and is usually not cheap.
7. Work Your Way Up
With each new level, you will need a new driving license. Some are easier than others to get, but almost all require a number of hours of direction and the payment of a fee.
After taking the various courses, and getting your race wins, you can apply for your next license. With this behind you, you can start participating in championships and driving school races. This is a good time to show off your talent and get the attention of sponsors, if you haven’t already.
8. Use driving simulators to help you learn
Using a driving simulator can also be a great way to practice and speed up your improvement. Car simulators allow you to practice the exact same scenario or move over and over again until you perfect it.
9. Enter a series of amateur races
These entry-level racing events are an excellent opportunity for amateur drivers to showcase their skills and attract the attention of potential sponsors. Some schools have their own races and will even give you a car for these events. You can earn scholarships and career points in order to get the next level of license.
10. Obtain a Formula 1 Licence
To do this you will need to complete two years in minor events in single-seater races. Formula 1 requires that drivers have a good amount of experience in handling similar vehicles. While there are many possible racing series that can help you on your way to Formula 1, all riders must go through one or more of the lower levels to ascend.
11. Accumulate 40 career points and 300 driving hours.
These points are acquired according to performance and placements in minor events of race series. You must acquire 40 points and 300 driving hours during a period of 3 years in order to be eligible to obtain the license of Formula 1.
hours can be recorded through practice laps or driving tests with car manufacturers.
12. Understand the basics of getting to Formula 1
One of the basic requirements to get to racing in Formula 1 is to race for two seasons in the access categories. This is because Formula 1 requires drivers to have enough experience in cars similar to those used in competition. If you are not yet 18 years old, you will need special clearance from the FIA before you can race.
In addition, you will also need a certain amount of hours as an F1 driver and a few more race points under your belt. Only then can you be called by a team to join them as a racing driver.
The path to becoming a Formula One racing driver is not an easy one, but then the path to most things worth doing in life is rarely easy. If you really want to go all the way to F1 and have set your sights on being world champion, then go for it. But make sure you are prepared to put the hard work in from the start.