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Which country banned motor racing from 1958 to 2007?
Switzerland. In 1958 motor racing was banned by the Swiss government as an unsafe spectator sport following the death of 80 people at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The Swiss Grand Prix was held in 1975 and 1982 in France. The ban continued until 2007.
Winners of the Indianapolis 500 race do not celebrate with a bottle of Champagne. What do they get instead?
Milk. The tradition of drinking milk was founded in 1933. Since 1956, only one driver has broken it: In 1993, Emerson Fittipaldi drank a celebratory bottle of orange juice. He owned several orange groves in Sao Paolo, and wanted to promote the citrus industry.
What is this steering device for?
Formula One car. There is no dashboard in Formula One cars, all the available controls are integrated into the steering wheel. It can be used to change gears, adjust fuel/air mix, change brake pressure, and call the radio. Data such as engine rpm, lap times, speed, and gear is displayed on an LCD screen. The wheel alone can cost about $50,000.
What did Niki Lauda do after the end of a career in F-1?
He ran his own airline. Lauda Air Luftfahrt GmbH, branded as Lauda Air, was an Austrian charter airline based in Vienna, which was founded by Niki Lauda. In 1999 he sold his shares and the company merged with Austrian Airlines. At the end of 2003 he launched a second, competitive airline Niki.
A tragic car accident happened during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race. How many people died?
84. The Le Mans Disaster was the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history. 83 spectators and driver Pierre Levegh were killed, whilst 120 more were injured. The death of the spectators was blamed on inadequate safety standards for track design.
This race car was developed and built between 1933 and 1939. What brand was it?
Auto Union was the predecessor of Audi. The car was extremely difficult to handle, but its tremendous power and acceleration were undeniable - a driver could induce wheelspin at over 100 mph (160 km/h). Silver arrows of Auto Union and Mercedes Benz dominated car racing until the outbreak of World War II.
What does 500 stand for in "Indianapolis 500"?
500 miles. The circuit is 2,5 mile long, so it takes 200 laps to complete the 500 mile race.
Which Formula 1 driver is known for his emotionless style and dislike of giving media interviews?
Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen frequently answers questions in a blunt and monosyllabic manner. When asked "The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?", Kimi replies "It protects my head."
Winner of which motorsport competition is awarded the Borg-Warner Trophy?
Indianapolis 500. The Borg-Warner Trophy is presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. It is over 5 feet (162.5 cm) tall and weighs 153 pounds (45 kg). In the cup, there is a face of every winner since the beginning of the race in 1911. The trophy stays at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, while the winner receives an 18-inch replica named the "Baby Borg,".