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

Vettel on the precipice following Singapore sling

Vettel on the precipice following Singapore sling

by , 19 Sep 2017

The championship race could be run by next month’s Japanese Grand Prix, following Ferrari’s cataclysmic Singapore outing as its interest lasted no more than five corners, while Lewis Hamilton claimed an unlikely victory to extend his lead to 28 points.

Singapore Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

Singapore Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

by , 17 Sep 2017 Video

Formula One packs its bags and is back on the road, heading out to the Far East for the Singapore Grand Prix, as only seven races remain in the 2017 world championship. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race starting from 10pm AEST.

McLaren’s multimillion-dollar gamble

McLaren’s multimillion-dollar gamble

by , 15 Sep 2017

“You have no chance of winning the world championship if you are not receiving the best engines from whoever is manufacturing your engines,” Ron Dennis said in 2014 on the eve of his team’s partnership with Honda.

Ditching Honda a new chapter for post-Dennis McLaren

Ditching Honda a new chapter for post-Dennis McLaren

by , 15 Sep 2017

McLaren’s impending divorce from Honda will always carry the ‘what if?’ handle, yet the consequences of dissolving the relationship are minuscule in contrast to the urgency for results of any significance to be achieved.

A loss for Mercedes in Singapore may not be so painful

A loss for Mercedes in Singapore may not be so painful

by , 13 Sep 2017

Reigning world champions Mercedes AMG are certainly not getting their hopes high ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, admitting ahead of the race that it will be “more difficult.”

Formula One isn’t Formula One without a touch of dysfunction

Formula One isn’t Formula One without a touch of dysfunction

by , 12 Sep 2017

Of all the things forecast for the 2017 season, rock-solid stability did not rank among them.

Formula One must abolish grid penalties

Formula One must abolish grid penalties

by , 6 Sep 2017

Formula One’s system of penalising drivers with grid penalties for changing components on their power-units was once again in the spotlight at the Italian Grand Prix – with a record of seven drivers having been penalised and viewers needing a Masters of Mathematics to determine the grid.

Strength to strength for overtaking king Ricciardo

Strength to strength for overtaking king Ricciardo

by , 5 Sep 2017

Daniel Ricciardo is starting to make a habit of charging through the Formula One fields in dazzling fashion.

Italian Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

Italian Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

by , 3 Sep 2017 Video

From the rise and falls of Spa, Formula One travels to the legendary straights of Monza, as the championship arrives at the Italian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog from 10pm AEST.

McLaren-Alonso dance will shake up Formula One

McLaren-Alonso dance will shake up Formula One

by , 3 Sep 2017

In the Formula One world, the enforced shutdown of the European summer is usually accompanied by a ‘silly season’ of driver and team discussions, fuelled by idle hands of drivers, teams, agents, and most of all: motorsport writers.


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