Features - News Feature
JUNE 18, 2002
Mathematics in Formula 1
History relates that progress in modern F1 is not about sudden leaps forward but rather about continuity and chipping away at all aspects of a team until success is obtained. The cars that a season fast are usually the same as those that end the season running quickly and all the development work that goes on ultimately counts for very little - which is a strong argument in favor of banning testing.
We have worked out a complicated mathematical formula for those who want to know how to work at more than 100%. One numbers the alphabet from 1 to 26:
Then, one does some basic mathematics using elements which one would think would be needed for success and adding up the value of each letter.
|4||5||4||9||3||1||20||9||15||13||= 83 %|
|2||18||9||12||12||9||1||14||3||5||= 85 %|
|11||14||15||23||12||5||4||7||5||= 96 %|
|8||1||18||4||23||15||18||11||= 98 %|
|1||20||20||9||20||21||4||5||= 100 %|
This proves that neither dedication nor brilliance is not enough but that knowledge and hard work will get you close and attitude will get you there. However when one considers a number of other elements that one could use one gets a more truthful answer about working at more than 100%:
|2||21||12||12||19||8||9||20||= 103 %|
|1||19||19||11||9||19||19||9||14||7||= 118 %|
So the next time you hear someone trotting out the old cliche, remember that 100% is as good as it gets. And that, in the words of Benjamin Disraeli, "there are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics".