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

A failed coup: The constructors stories of F1 2017

A failed coup: The constructors stories of F1 2017

by , 5 Dec 2017

By design the 2017 season and its new regulations was supposed to end Mercedes’s three-year reign atop the sport, but by the year’s end both Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrows had claimed their fourth titles, respectively.

Can Alfa Romeo partnership revitalise Sauber?

Can Alfa Romeo partnership revitalise Sauber?

by , 1 Dec 2017

Alfa Romeo has returned to Formula One, though it remains to be seen whether its collaboration with Sauber will bear any fruit other than a convenient marketing opportunity for both parties.

Revisiting my five key questions for F1 in 2017

Revisiting my five key questions for F1 in 2017

by , 29 Nov 2017

With all the significant changes that occurred during the off-season, there were great expectations for another thrilling chapter in formula one’s history leading into 2017.

Pirelli deserves better from Formula One

Pirelli deserves better from Formula One

by , 28 Nov 2017

When asked about his tyre choice during a particularly wet and muddy rally stage, four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, with a dismissively wry smile, infamously replied, “Black, round Pirelli”.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

by , 26 Nov 2017

Formula One gears up for one final dance in 2017, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix set to see the curtain fall on yet another season. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 12am AEDT.

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.


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