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

Lance Stroll and the Max Verstappen effect

Lance Stroll and the Max Verstappen effect

by , 23 May 2017

Max Verstappen was billed as a once-in-a-generation anomaly when he first took his seat in a Formula One car.

Williams and Renault: A driver short, and paying for their asking price

Williams and Renault: A driver short, and paying for their asking price

by , 18 May 2017

Williams and Renault’s lead drivers have performed admirably to date, though their respective teammates have left much to be desired throughout the opening portion of the season.

Why Button’s Formula One return will be a non-event

Why Button’s Formula One return will be a non-event

by , 17 May 2017

While Fernando Alonso jets off to the United States to contest the legendary Indy 500, former McLaren driver Jenson Button will make his return to Formula One following his retirement at the end of 2016.

The Spanish Grand Prix was Formula One at its best

The Spanish Grand Prix was Formula One at its best

by , 16 May 2017

It’s rare for one race, as it is in any one round of any sport, to encompass all of Formula One’s best bits, but the Spanish Grand Prix was one of those weekends.

Daniel Ricciardo climbs onto the podium but can’t top Lewis Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo climbs onto the podium but can’t top Lewis Hamilton

by , 15 May 2017

Lewis Hamilton won a strategic Spanish Grand Prix to cut Sebastian Vettel’s overall lead in the Formula One driver’s championship to six points with a quarter of the season completed.

Spanish Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, blog

Spanish Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, blog

by , 14 May 2017

Formula One returns to its heartland as the European season officially commences this weekend, with the running of the Spanish Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 10pm AEST.

Why the Spanish Grand Prix is about more than racing

Why the Spanish Grand Prix is about more than racing

by , 12 May 2017

Though scheduling the Russian Grand Prix immediately before the Spanish Grand Prix adds an exciting geopolitical element to proceedings, the latter remains Formula One’s official return to Europe.

Haas issues reach braking point

Haas issues reach braking point

by , 11 May 2017

Both its drivers have registered points and they lie ahead of a manufacturer in the constructors standings, though Haas finds itself grappling with a fundamental legacy issue which displays little sign of resolving itself anytime soon.

F1 teams to show their hands in Spain

F1 teams to show their hands in Spain

by , 10 May 2017

The Spanish Grand Prix marks the official start to the European season for Formula One in 2017 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Does Formula One need Red Bull?

Does Formula One need Red Bull?

by , 9 May 2017

It’s been fascinating to watch Red Bull Racing grow from a small fish in the Formula One pond to a full-scale man-eater across 12 seasons at the pinnacle of motorsport.


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