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 Lewis Hamilton ascended to the top of the sport again, winning the driver’s championship.

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: 24 January, 2018

Formula One Articles

F1 to replace grid girls with grid kids

F1 to replace grid girls with grid kids

by , 6 Feb 2018

Formula One is to swap its recently scrapped grid girls program, with grid kids, a move that will incorporate youth competitors as mascots in a bid to boost its popularity among its young followers.

Alonso’s WEC commitment a step forward for motorsport

Alonso’s WEC commitment a step forward for motorsport

by , 2 Feb 2018

Fernando Alonso’s commitment to a full-time World Endurance Championship campaign is encouraging for Formula One and motorsport at large as the landscape shifts in the universally connected age.

Why sport Down Under will rise to the top in 2018

Why sport Down Under will rise to the top in 2018

by , 28 Jan 2018

I was fortunate to grow up during Australia’s golden age of sport, and throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s I watched some of Australia’s greatest ever athletes triumph on the course, field, pool, court and track.

Sergey Sirotkin the fall guy as Williams’ devolution continues

by , 19 Jan 2018

As easy as it would be to direct frustration at Sergey Sirotkin following the protracted confirmation that he will complete Williams’ 2018 roster, it’s the team that deserves derision.

Farewell to Dan Gurney – the F1 legend whose feats will never be repeated

by , 19 Jan 2018

Former Grand Prix winner Dan Gurney passed away on January 14, in California, aged 86.

Testing times ahead for F1’s new owners

Testing times ahead for F1’s new owners

by , 16 Jan 2018

Liberty Media begin their second year as Formula One’s owners with a massive challenge ahead of them. They have invested $8 billion and upon completing their rookie year there were signs we should look forward to 2018.

Will Formula One’s 2018 sequel be better than the 2017 original?

Will Formula One’s 2018 sequel be better than the 2017 original?

by , 19 Dec 2017

As the sun dawned on Melbourne’s Albert Park on the last Sunday of March only one question teased the minds of the Formula One paddock: what sort of season did 2017 have in store?

Class of the field: How the drivers fared in 2017

Class of the field: How the drivers fared in 2017

by , 12 Dec 2017

Barring a handful of catastrophic races for Ferrari, the 2017 Formula One season could have delivered the nail-biting season finale between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the opening half of the year so eagerly promised.

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.


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  • Roar Guru

    August 26th 2015 @ 4:42pm
    spruce moose said | August 26th 2015 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

    Who wrote the blurb up the top about Formula 1?

    It’s littered with some basic research and factual errors.

    1. Michael Schumacher won with Benetton in 1994 AND 1995.
    2. The triple crown is Monaco, Le Mans and Indianapolis, OR Le Mans, Indianapolis and the F1 championship. It is not what you say. You’ve even listed it as the “Triple Crown of Formula One” and then listed a known non-F1 race. It’s the “Triple Crown of Motorsport”
    3. It’s not Danny Hulme. It’s Denny Hulme. He’s not Australian. He is a New Zealander. This is a well known fact.
    4. By virtue of the above point, only 2 Australians have won the F1 championship.

    Please amend.