BOTTOMS UP: Mumm Champagne has been part of the victory celebration on F1 podiums around the world for 15 years. Image: Supplied
REIMS, France - You might know who won the Silverstone race in 2000 or the lap record for Monaco but there are other odd facts about Formula 1 racing to drop into conversation around the braai on F1 Sundays.
For instance... Mumm Champagne, hailing from Reims in France, has been part of the victory celebration on F1 podiums around the world for 15 years - but do you know how it became the preferred choice for podium victory celebrations? Thought not...
Anyway, we have the answer to that and to six other amazing facts:
1. Racing suits worn by drivers allow them to survive temperatures as high as 840C for 11 seconds.
2. Drivers can lose as much as three kilograms of their body weight in sweat during a race because it gets incredibly hot in a Formula 1 car's tub.
3. In 2014 Forbes released its list of the most valuable F1 teams. The top five were Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes and Williams. The value of each team was reportedly based on 2013 revenue and budget figures.
4. Four is the number of engines allowed per driver in one season, except if the number of races changes and exceeds 20 – as happened in 2014.
5. The tradition of paying tribute to the winner of a GP with a bottle of Champagne began in 1950 but in 1966, the cork of a warm bottle popped unexpectedly and showered the delighted audience below.
6. Mumm’s reputation was already established. Indeed, it was the Champagne of victory when Jackie Stewart received a magnum of Cordon Rouge on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza; after Ascari’s dip in the Monaco marina; Senna and Prost’s legendary rivalry; Schumacher’s era of supremacy – each victory since that original ‘Champagne moment’ has been marked with that same ritual of celebration.
7. The average recorded acceleration in F1 history is 0-160km/h in five seconds.
*After four races so far in 2015, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is leading the championship with team mate Nico Rosberg 27 points behind. Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Formula 1 series.