For once, it sorta is rocket science!
I think most impressive is this following fact:
A piston in an F1 car does 0-60mph in 0.0005 seconds experiencing 8600Gs & a weight of 6 tonnes.
That's right, the speeds it reaches are incredible and the connecting rod (the thing that holds the piston up as well as keeps it from flying off) has to bear the weight of over 12 000 lbs! (that's both 12 000 downward and 12 000 negative pounds!)
So next time you hear a high-reving engine, try to think of the pistons inside bouncing away an causing some mad numbers to dance in physic geeks' heads!
Cheers to mad-science and engineering. It's amazing that this sort of thing is common place in today's world!