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

Why Brendon Hartley must prove Red Bull wrong

Why Brendon Hartley must prove Red Bull wrong

by , 20 Oct 2017

Toro Rosso’s rotating driver rotisserie keeps turning in Austin, Texas, where Brendon Hartley will make his unlikely Formula One debut at the United States Grand Prix.

Carlos Sainz must hit the ground running at Renault

Carlos Sainz must hit the ground running at Renault

by , 18 Oct 2017

Carlos Sainz has been afforded the opportunity to integrate himself at Renault over the final races of the season, yet the Spaniard should still be expected to contribute towards the constructors’ effort.

A left field decision for Toro Rosso in 2018

A left field decision for Toro Rosso in 2018

by , 18 Oct 2017

Toro Rosso’s game of in-season musical chairs has seen yet another revised line-up confirmed for the upcoming United States Grand Prix, being completely different to the pairing seen in Japan a fortnight ago.

Can Formula One survive a post-free-to-air world?

Can Formula One survive a post-free-to-air world?

by , 17 Oct 2017

Both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will vie for their respective Formula One titles at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, but only around 30 per cent of Australian households will have the opportunity to watch it.

NRL take note: Supercars TV coverage is the best in sport

NRL take note: Supercars TV coverage is the best in sport

by , 13 Oct 2017

The annual Bathurst 1000 has come and gone, and once again the coverage had everything the viewing public craves when they watch any sporting broadcast: the feeling of almost being involved in the damn thing.

What next for Verstappen and Ricciardo?

What next for Verstappen and Ricciardo?

by , 13 Oct 2017

As Ferrari’s title bid flounders, Red Bull is in the midst of a revival, yet it faces difficult questions in the coming twelve months related to its own future plans, as its current roster contemplate their options.

The title’s in tatters, but don’t blame Ferrari

The title’s in tatters, but don’t blame Ferrari

by , 10 Oct 2017

September and October 2017 will be marked in history as some of Ferrari’s darkest sporting days.

Where the wheels fell off Ferrari’s title bid

Where the wheels fell off Ferrari’s title bid

by , 10 Oct 2017

The statistics belie the reality that Ferrari has let this year’s championship slip, the culmination of another malaise at the Japanese Grand Prix leaving fate to determine an unlikely reprieve.

Mercedes’ shortcomings limited to Valtteri Bottas’ ‘slump’

by , 5 Oct 2017

Mercedes would have you believe they’re in the midst of a performance slump, though in reality it’s confined to Valtteri Bottas’ relatively underwhelming return since the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ten’s decision to cut F1 is shocking yet unsurprising

Ten’s decision to cut F1 is shocking yet unsurprising

by , 5 Oct 2017 Video

News that Network Ten has terminated live Formula One coverage of all but the Australian Grand Prix blindsided many, yet the outcome had been coming for some time.


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