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

Have Honda done enough to impress Red Bull?

Have Honda done enough to impress Red Bull?

by , 13 Jun 2018

Regardless of the deadline having been almost a month ago, the decision with respect to who’ll be powering Red Bull Racing in 2019 is yet to be finalised and announced.

Why Pirelli can’t win

Why Pirelli can’t win

by , 12 Jun 2018

Hardly a dull race goes by in Formula One that isn’t in some way blamed on Pirelli, and the straightforward Canadian Grand Prix is no exception.

Canadian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

Canadian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

by , 11 Jun 2018

From the urban sprawl of Monaco, to the lush parklands of Montreal, Formula One is back this weekend with another edition of the Canadian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 4:10am AEST.

Honda’s judgement day

Honda’s judgement day

by , 8 Jun 2018

The Canadian Grand Prix is worth the usual 25 points for the winning driver and team, but performances across the weekend will have a significant effect on the results of seasons to come.

Alonso’s Le Mans adventure a taste of his future beyond F1

Alonso’s Le Mans adventure a taste of his future beyond F1

by , 6 Jun 2018

He’s been a mercurial entity in Formula One for many years and 2018 is no different for Fernando Alonso, as his future within the illustrious sport again comes under the microscope.

Toro Rosso would be wrong to turf Brendon Hartley

Toro Rosso would be wrong to turf Brendon Hartley

by , 5 Jun 2018

In the ruthless world of Formula One, there is perhaps no more professionally dangerous occupation than being a Red Bull-backed driver.

There’s more to Monaco than a lack of overtaking

There’s more to Monaco than a lack of overtaking

by , 31 May 2018

The Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in F1’s crown, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise after the comprehensive kicking it received after 78 laps.

Force India still getting big bang for their little bucks

Force India still getting big bang for their little bucks

by , 30 May 2018

Force India have a knack for getting the biggest bang for their small bucks in the Formula One championship.

Ricciardo’s gritty victory is what Monaco’s all about

Ricciardo’s gritty victory is what Monaco’s all about

by , 29 May 2018

Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t win boring races, and despite what some may say, his gutsy win with a dodgy engine around the famous streets of Monte Carlo was no exception.

Judgement day approaching for Max Verstappen

Judgement day approaching for Max Verstappen

by , 29 May 2018 Video

As Daniel Ricciardo basks in the glory of victory at Monaco, teammate Max Verstappen returns to his Principality apartment lamenting another missed opportunity from an unforced error.


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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.