A question about F1 cars

  WhiteTruckMan 23:25 09 May 2007

Hopefully a simple one, this. Usual chatting at work, and this cropped up: Do F1 cars have a reverse gear? Most of us think not, on the grounds of weight and simplicity, but one guy thinks he saw on the tv a few years back someone who spun off without (apparent) damage, and used reverse to get himself out. But no-one is sure. I've been doing some searches, but without sucess. Can anyone say with any certainty?


  dagbladet 23:29 09 May 2007

Yes, it's compulsory.

click here

  Stuartli 23:29 09 May 2007

Yes, they do have a reverse gear as it's part of the sport's regulations.

  Forum Editor 23:31 09 May 2007

they must all have a reverse gear to comply with the F1 regulations, but it's a very rudimentary one, and usually built onto the outside of the gearbox itself.

  Stuartli 23:31 09 May 2007

The idea is to go forward as fast as possible, not backwards slowly...:-)

  WhiteTruckMan 23:44 09 May 2007

for the near simultaneous replies. Looking at the post times its very nearly a photo finish!

Special thanks to dagbladet for that link-very interesting.


  dagbladet 23:46 09 May 2007

Nae bother

  Forum Editor 23:48 09 May 2007

well, it was an F1 question. I could almost hear old Murray getting himself worked into a frenzy as we all typed.

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