Formula One

Last updated: 17 February, 2017

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.

Formula One Articles

Vettel’s opportunity to reinvent himself

Vettel’s opportunity to reinvent himself

by , 20 Apr 2017

Sebastian Vettel counts four titles on his watch, though it’s only in his tenth complete season on the Formula One grid that the German has been presented with the opportunity to define his own legacy.

Others should follow Fernando Alonso’s decision to race outside F1

Others should follow Fernando Alonso’s decision to race outside F1

by , 20 Apr 2017

The news that Fernando Alonso will skip the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix next month and instead contest the equally prestigious Indy 500 sent shockwaves around the Formula One world.

Is it time for team orders at Mercedes?

Is it time for team orders at Mercedes?

by , 18 Apr 2017

The Bahrain Grand Prix was another fascinating chapter in the unfolding 2017 championship fight between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas botches rare opportunity

Bottas botches rare opportunity

by , 18 Apr 2017

On the same weekend that he claimed his maiden pole position, Valtteri Bottas failed to seize the initiative on which his Mercedes tenure rides at Bahrain.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, blog

Bahrain Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, blog

by , 17 Apr 2017

Two scintillating races into Formula One’s new era of racing, the championship heads under the stars of the desert for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 1am AEST.

Button to replace Alonso at F1’s Monaco GP

Button to replace Alonso at F1’s Monaco GP

by , 15 Apr 2017

Britain’s Jenson Button will stand in for Fernando Alonso at next month’s Monaco Formula One Grand Prix while the Spaniard competes in the Indianapolis 500 on the same day.

Bahrain breather badly needed by Formula One Finns

Bahrain breather badly needed by Formula One Finns

by , 14 Apr 2017

“Today Kimi seemed to have other commitments,” Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari CEO and Formula One’s closest thing to a Bond villain, told Italy’s La Repubblica at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Fabian Coulthard the real deal for Supercars glory

Fabian Coulthard the real deal for Supercars glory

by , 14 Apr 2017

The arrival of young superstar Scott McLaughlin to DJR Team Penske in 2017, was said to marginalise incumbent driver Fabian Coulthard – with onus on the junior Kiwi to raze the senior.

What does Alonso’s Indy assault mean for F1?

What does Alonso’s Indy assault mean for F1?

by , 13 Apr 2017

In a fascinating development for Formula One, Fernando Alonso, one of its biggest stars, will contest the world-famous Indianapolis 500 — at the expense of the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s praise of Vettel rivalry repudiates Rosberg legacy

Hamilton’s praise of Vettel rivalry repudiates Rosberg legacy

by , 13 Apr 2017

Lewis Hamilton is revelling in a looming championship duel with Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, though his concentrated sentiments undermine the worth he places on his erstwhile intra-team battle with Nico Rosberg.


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