For Motorsports enthusiasts, in particular the Formula One faithful, the Le Mans seems rather unfamiliar. That is because of differences in some basic characteristics of the two series. Formula One year round organizes anywhere between 18 and 21 races and has done so for the past ten years. On the other hand, Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, settle for their prestigious race being held once in a year. This is the reason why Formula One have more exposure for the Formula One fans as opposed to Le Mans.

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There are a lot of parameters on which both the races differs. To begin with, their cars are different and so are their drivers. The start format is different, the racing format and even the race duration are not the same. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held at the Circuit de le Sarthe this weekend. Here are some of the features in which both the races are separated from each other.


Formula One consists of an hour-long qualifying session on Saturday that is further classified into three sessions, where the slowest drivers are knocked out with each subsequent session. At Le Mans, qualifying is held on Wednesday and Thursday over three sessions of two hours each. Out of the six hours of qualifying sessions, each driver has to set at least five laps under night time driving conditions. But apart from that, Le Mans’ qualifying format can be classified as a no-frills format, as eventually, it is the driver with the fastest time that secures the pole position. Though the 24 Hours of Le Mans is part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it does not work on average lap times, like the other rounds do.