Formula 1 Acronym Quiz – Do you know your MGU from your DRS?

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Formula 1 acronyms and abbreviations

For a new viewer of Formula 1 it can seem like there’s acronyms and abbreviations everywhere, and they can be super confusing.

So to test your level of F1 fandom, here’s a 30-question multiple choice quiz on F1 acronyms.

Formula 1 is undoubtedly one of the most technically complicated sports in the world. The car’s performance levels are way above that seen in any other form of motorsport.

New technologies are designed to help push the cars further forwards and expand the performance envelope. Some of these technologies haven’t been seen before, so it’s occasionally up to the designers, teams and engineers to give them names.

Inevitably that means that Formula 1 cars themselves have a huge number of acronyms relating to their systems and components. A bunch of these will come up in the quiz at the bottom of this page.

F1 car technical diagram

As well as acronyms relating to the cars, we also have to think about the ones related to the racing itself. Most of these are used not just in Formula 1, but it most other forms of top-level and even club-level motorsport.

These are some of the easier acronyms to understand and hopefully you’ll be able to score more points guessing them correctly in the quiz.

Formula 1 pit stop

Another type of abbreviation that’s present every time the Formula 1 boys hit the track for the weekend are those used to represent each driver’s name.

The timing board on the left hand side of the screen during each session (practices, qualifying and the race) gives each driver a 3-letter abbreviation so they can be easily identified without taking up too much space. MAG fits on the screen much easier than Kevin Magnussen.

F1 driver name abbreviations and acronyms

These are fairly self explanatory and easy to work out (that’s the idea) so won’t be included in the quiz.

Another type of acronym that often crops up in Formula 1 are the specific model numbers of each team’s car for that season. Red Bull’s cars, for example, started with the RB1 in 2005 and go all the way up to the RB20 used in 2024.

Ferrari’s are a little more confusing and include things like the SF-24, F138 and F2012 to name a few from the last 10 years.

These aren’t really acronyms so they won’t be included in the quiz. Maybe there’s another quiz on the horizon to guess the F1 car’s year based on its model number.

Singapore GP night race Ferrari F1 car in the rain

The Quiz

So it’s time to put yourself to the test. 

This quiz is not designed to be that easy. There’s some acronyms and abbreviations that beginners will be able to get, and a few that only the most die-hard and seasoned Formula 1 fans stand a chance of getting right.

There’s 30 multiple choice questions, so at least you’ve got a 1 in 3 chance of guessing correct.

Put your brain in to gear, but don’t cheat. Or you’ll be summoned to the stewards.

F1 Acronym Quiz

Welcome to your F1 acronyms quiz. There's 30 multiple choice questions where you've got to guess the correct definition for the acronyms used in Formula 1. Some are easy, some much less so.

Ready? It's lights out and awaaay we go.

How did you get on? Are you a true die-hard F1 fanatic or do you need to do some mid-season testing to hone your skills further?

Getting full marks in this quiz is not easy, so if you managed it then great work.

Whatever your score, leave a comment at the bottom of this page to let me and everyone else know how you got on, and which questions caught you out.

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Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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Hi Alex, that was fun. 25 out of 30, and a few lessons in the acronyms. Well done.


30 out of 30, sweet


26/30, and I only started being interested in F1 between 2023/2024. That was fun! I’d like to see more content like this.

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