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

Do motorsport’s rising stars have a future in Formula One?

Do motorsport’s rising stars have a future in Formula One?

by , 16 Aug 2017

Each year a select bunch of up and coming drivers earn the privilege to test Formula One machinery in the hope of one day climbing to the summit of the world’s premier open-wheel category.

Formula One season so far: The good, the bad and the downright unexpected

Formula One season so far: The good, the bad and the downright unexpected

by , 15 Aug 2017

How quickly time flies when travelling in excess of 300 kilometres per hour.

Porsche’s Formula for the future

Porsche’s Formula for the future

by , 10 Aug 2017

The World Endurance Championship continues to reel following the announcement that Porsche will exit LMP1 at the conclusion of the season.

Revisiting my five pertinent questions for F1 in 2017

Revisiting my five pertinent questions for F1 in 2017

by , 9 Aug 2017

Some of the biggest changes Formula One has seen in its long and illustrious history have come in 2017.

Formula One’s most compelling reason for more teams

Formula One’s most compelling reason for more teams

by , 8 Aug 2017

It is rare that the Formula One regulatory or financial landscape remains static, but the turn of the next decade marks a significant milestone even for this sport.

Ferrari and the art of favouring drivers

Ferrari and the art of favouring drivers

by , 2 Aug 2017

Rather than experiencing shock during the Hungarian Grand Prix over Ferrari’s race tactics, there was that familiar feeling of ‘why are we not surprised’, as once again Sebastian Vettel was prioritised over Kimi Räikkönen.

Formula One safety opponents must learn to distinguish safety from risk

Formula One safety opponents must learn to distinguish safety from risk

by , 1 Aug 2017

Unsurprisingly the prelude to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend was dominated not by the tightening title fight but by the ferocious debate over motorsport safety.

Ricciardo blasts Verstappen as a ‘sore loser’ after Hungarian GP

Ricciardo blasts Verstappen as a ‘sore loser’ after Hungarian GP

by , 31 Jul 2017 Video

Daniel Ricciardo had his Hungarian Grand Prix ended on the opening lap when Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen drove into the side of the Australian’s RB13 racer.

Formula E and why manufacturers aren’t your friends

Formula E and why manufacturers aren’t your friends

by , 29 Jul 2017

It seems in the case of Formula E that lightning can strike thrice.

Why Formula One must say hello to halo

Why Formula One must say hello to halo

by , 28 Jul 2017

“The worst looking mod in Formula One history,” is how Lewis Hamilton described the halo when it first broke cover during the 2016 preseason, but after 18 months his pleas for something easier on the eye proved in vain.


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