Formula One

The FIA Formula One World Championship, known worldwide as Formula One, is the highest class of single seat auto racing that is sanctioned by Fèdèration International de L’Automobile.

Begun in 1950 and currently run by the Formula One Group headed up by Bernie Ecclestone, it is the fastest road course racing sport in the world, with cars able to reach speeds of 320km/h. It is the most popular form of motor racing in the world.

This historic sports racing began in Silverstone, England in 1950, the 2017 Formula One racing season is held over 20 circuits, beginning in Australia’s Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne and finishing at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit in November.

The 2017 Formula One season is contested by eleven teams, the most famous of which being Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, Honda and Mclaren. Mercedes enter the 2017 season as defending champions of the Constructor’s Championship, following a season in which Nico Rosberg took out the Championship ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and promptly retired from the sport.

Nico Rosberg trophy
Germany’s Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the sport’s history. He won the Formula One Championship a record seven times (94, 95, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04) with Italian powerhouses Ferrari, that was Ferrari’s most successful spell after he joined in 1996. He first won the Formula One Driver’s Championship in 1994 with the Benetton team.

The Triple Crown of Formula One is an unofficial achievement regarded as winning the most prestigious motor races in the world in one’s career. British driver, Graham Hill is the only driver to complete the Triple Crown, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and F1 Driver’s Championship. His Triple Crown was completed on June 11 in 1972.

Of the 32 drivers who have won the Driver’s Championship in it’s 65-year history, three were Australian, with Sir Jack Brabham winning the Championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966. Danny Hulme won in 1967, and Alan Jones in 1980 was the most recent Australian winner.

Last updated: 17 February, 2017

Formula One Articles

Vettel disgraced himself in Azerbaijan, according to Hamilton

Vettel disgraced himself in Azerbaijan, according to Hamilton

by , 26 Jun 2017

The heat in the Formula One world championship battle was turned up a notch at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Sebastian Vettel appeared to intentionally drive his Ferrari into Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Formula One in Baku: Just what the sport needed

Formula One in Baku: Just what the sport needed

by , 26 Jun 2017

Isn’t it great when Formula One doesn’t go to plan?

Ricciardo claims first win of 2017 in Azerbaijan

Ricciardo claims first win of 2017 in Azerbaijan

by , 26 Jun 2017

Daniel Ricciardo has produced a storming drive, battling back from 17th position to win an incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas and Williams’ Canadian rookie Lance Stroll.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

by , 25 Jun 2017

With three wins apiece now following the race in Canada a fortnight ago, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton get set to square off at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 11pm AEST.

Le Mans shows why Sauber matters

Le Mans shows why Sauber matters

by , 23 Jun 2017

Sauber tends not to be a name that evokes any particularly passionate response from a casual motorsport fan, but the decades-old midfield team has rarely had a dull moment in Formula One.

Ricciardo reaching a crossroads

Ricciardo reaching a crossroads

by , 23 Jun 2017

Three consecutive podiums speak to his consistency, yet Daniel Ricciardo is rapidly approaching the definitive phase of his career

International rugby union, AFL, NRL and much more: How to watch all the best sporting action this weekend

International rugby union, AFL, NRL and much more: How to watch all the best sporting action this weekend

by , 23 Jun 2017

After another State of Origin thriller there’s a full slate of AFL and NRL this weekend, but of course don’t forget to fit in the Wallabies Test and top it all off on Sunday night with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Bustling 21-race F1 calendar revealed for 2018

Bustling 21-race F1 calendar revealed for 2018

by , 21 Jun 2017

We’re not even halfway through the 2017 Formula One world championship, though some intrigue has shifted towards next year, with the provisional calendar being released by the FIA.

Why Palmer’s Renault career could be over sooner rather than later

Why Palmer’s Renault career could be over sooner rather than later

by , 20 Jun 2017

Jolyon Palmer wasn’t to expect the tumultuousness that came with his first full-time Formula One drive.

Robert Kubica should dare to dream

Robert Kubica should dare to dream

by , 16 Jun 2017

A once fantastical notion edged closer to reality last week when Robert Kubica set foot in a Lotus E20, and while five-year old machinery, the magnitude of the occasion cannot be overstated, as the Pole confessed to designs on a “proper comeback.”


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