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

Abu Dhabi’s $12 million question

Abu Dhabi’s $12 million question

by , 24 Nov 2017

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might not be Formula One’s best-loved race, but the sport’s twilight fight in the dessert is inevitably a meaningful one by virtue of its place at the end of the calendar.

Has the 2017 Formula One season delivered?

Has the 2017 Formula One season delivered?

by , 24 Nov 2017

Anytime that Formula One enters the season finale as a dead rubber, it’s difficult to label the year gone a classic. Yet the underwhelming swansong betrays the reality that 2017 has been a timely return to form.

Why Formula One must keep evolving

Why Formula One must keep evolving

by , 22 Nov 2017

Evolution is a fundamental aspect of human development. Without it, humanity would never have come to stand where it does in this age driven by hyper-progression in technology.

What is Formula One — and what should it be?

What is Formula One — and what should it be?

by , 21 Nov 2017

For all the politics engulfing Formula One, one of its more curious sideshows bubbled quietly to the surface late last week.

Hartley nod provides hope to other F1 discards

Hartley nod provides hope to other F1 discards

by , 21 Nov 2017

Brendon Hartley’s ascension to a full-time Formula One berth in 2018 was a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Resurfacing on the grid following years in the wilderness offers hope to others who believed their opportunity had passed them.

Could Alonso dovetail WEC with F1?

Could Alonso dovetail WEC with F1?

by , 17 Nov 2017

Fernando Alonso has already experienced a stateside dalliance, and he’s displayed every indication that he wants to pursue further opportunities outside of Formula One.

Abu Dhabi no dead rubber for Formula One’s mid-field

Abu Dhabi no dead rubber for Formula One’s mid-field

by , 17 Nov 2017

Formula One’s driver and constructor championships may have already been wrapped up in 2017, though the season finale in Abu Dhabi next week will be no dead rubber for the teams in the mid-field.

It’s time Formula One reconsidered the Brazilian Grand Prix

It’s time Formula One reconsidered the Brazilian Grand Prix

by , 14 Nov 2017

Monza is famous for its tifosi, Marina Bay is renowned as F1’s cosmopolitan night race and Silverstone is notorious for its traffic. But the Brazilian Grand Prix? It’s become known for its violent muggings.

No Bull as Toro Rosso and Renault square off

No Bull as Toro Rosso and Renault square off

by , 14 Nov 2017

Their relationship may be limited to the next race, but Toro Rosso and Renault are winding down their collaboration in decidedly hostile fashion, triggering sabotage claims from both parties.

Brazilian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

Brazilian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

by , 13 Nov 2017

It’s the penultimate round of the 2017 Formula One world championship and while both titles have been decided, there is plenty at stake at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 3am AEDT.


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