We asked ChatGPT 10 questions about F1 and the answers were scarily accurate

Henry Valantine
Lewis Hamilton F1 Mercedes on the grid before the US GP. Austin October 2022.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes on the grid before the United States Grand Prix. Austin October 2022.

Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly large part in our world, so we thought we’d test ChatGPT’s F1 knowledge, because why not?

We put 10 different Formula 1-related questions to the AI platform on a variety of different subjects, and received answers which were not always fully up to the mark, but they were very close to being accurate at almost every juncture.

There were a host of different options available to us (well, any ChatGPT users will know that it can be asked absolutely anything), and we also had a go at attempting to get answers to some of Formula 1’s biggest questions with…mixed results.

1: Who is the greatest F1 driver of all time?

Answer: The answer to this question is subjective and will depend on individual opinion. Some of the most highly regarded drivers in Formula 1 history include Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

A fine selection, though the likes of Messrs Alonso, Stewart and Verstappen may not feel best pleased at not making the cut (even if this is AI).

2: Which is the best F1 circuit in the world?

Answer: This is a subjective question and opinions will vary. Some of the most popular F1 circuits in the world include the Circuit de Monaco, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, and the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

Having already had our comments section lit up about our high placing of Monaco on our 2023 circuit rankings, we’ll leave that up to other people to decide!

3: Suggest 5 corner names for the new Las Vegas F1 circuit

  1. Neon Corner
  2. Strip Turn
  3. Mirage Bend
  4. Lucky Corner
  5. High Roller Curve

An… interesting selection there, but definitely related to Vegas, we’ll give it that much.

4: Suggest a name for the next new Formula 1 team

Answer: F1 Phoenix Racing.

Maybe Romain Grosjean would fancy becoming team principal with his post-F1 nickname being on top of the garage?

5: What should Sebastian Vettel do after leaving Formula 1?

Answer: Sebastian Vettel could pursue a variety of different career paths after leaving Formula 1. He could become a racing instructor, a racing analyst, a brand ambassador, or a racing team manager. He could also pursue a career in broadcasting, or even become an entrepreneur and start his own business.

6: Who would win out of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the same F1 car?

Answer: It is impossible to answer this question definitively as it would depend on a variety of factors, such as the track conditions, the car setup, and the drivers’ individual skill levels.

Well, at least we tried to find a definitive answer for you without putting them in the same team.

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7: What is the most memorable Formula 1 race?

Answer: The 1976 Japanese Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most memorable Formula 1 races of all time. The race was won by James Hunt in a dramatic finish, with Niki Lauda retiring due to a punctured tyre. The race was also the deciding factor in the 1976 World Championship, with Hunt winning the title by a single point.

Not quite factually accurate with the way Lauda exited the race, as he opted to withdraw due to the heavy rain conditions, but still a worthy choice regardless.

8: What is one change Scuderia Ferrari should make for the 2023 Formula 1 season?

Answer: Scuderia Ferrari should invest in a more advanced aerodynamic design for their cars in the 2023 Formula 1 season. This could help them to gain an edge over their competitors and improve their performance on the track.

Well, at least it isn’t yet another call to sort things out on the race strategy side of things…

9: Have the 2022 F1 regulations made the sport more competitive?

Answer: It is too early to tell if the 2022 F1 regulations have made the sport more competitive. The regulations are still in the process of being finalised and the teams are still in the process of adapting to the new rules. However, the regulations are designed to make the sport more competitive by reducing the cost of competing and increasing the performance of the cars. This should lead to closer racing and more exciting competition.

Stopping short of a definitive answer, but still understands the reasoning behind the new rules being put in place. Impressive!

10: What has been the one most interesting design innovation in F1 history?

Answer: One of the most interesting design innovations in F1 history is the introduction of the Drag Reduction System (DRS). This system was introduced in 2011 and allows drivers to reduce drag on their cars by opening a flap on the rear wing. This allows drivers to gain an advantage in straight line speed, which can be used to overtake other cars. The system has been a great success and has been credited with making F1 racing more exciting and competitive.

Active suspension was our guess for this before the answer came up, but DRS has definitely raised the number of overtakes race by race – whether you feel it’s artificial or not.

If this is what ChatGPT is like now, we are scared about just how advanced it could get in the years to come. Gulp…