History of Formula 1

Formula 1, also known as Grand Prix racing, F1 or Formula One and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of open wheeled auto racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport’s world governing body. The “formula” in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix , held worldwide on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are combined into a World Championship at an annual event where trackside fans from around the world can watch for free.

A driver earns the WorldChampionship each season if he is able to accumulate the most points during a series of races. If two or more drivers score the same number of points, one of them will be crowned World Drivers’ Champion at the end of the season, and that driver will earn his chance to win in F1’s flagship event, The Monaco Grand Prix , which is held annually on a street circuit around Monte Carlo.The first ever Formula One World Championship race was won by Giuseppe Farina in the 1950 British Grand Prix on 16th July, 1950, driving an Alfa Romeo. His vehicle – Alfa Romeo 158 – had its engine positioned behind the driver compared to all other cars of that time. This layout compensated for the poor handling and lack of grip on early tires. As a result, less pressure would be placed upon them while cornering resulting in less tire wear.

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However this car did not have any major competitive edge over any of its competitors during that season; it wasn’t until 1951 when Ferrari came up with Ferrari 375 F1 which introduced rear-engine concept to Formula 1 (which is now used in majority of racing vehicles today). The change in the position of the engine had huge impact on the handling and performance of racing vehicles which has influenced all concept designs even until today.

During 1950s, major manufacturers were investing enormous amounts of money to develop their lead cars because there were no restrictions or limitations put into place yet – they could do anything they wished with their designs. This resulted in many fatal accidents due to high speeds involved in Formula 1 racing. Drivers started to demand safer racing conditions so that these kinds of incidents would not recur again.

It was not until 1966 when a tire barrier was placed around the circuit for safety purposes. Since then, multiple rule changes were made by FIA to make it harder for drivers and cars, e.g forcing alower height of car chassis. Later on, safety was further improved by introducing the HANS device which reduced head injuries during accidents and finally, introduction of safer racing cars called Formula 1 Safety Car in 2015.

In 1950s to 1960s, Formula 1 was a sport for gentleman only – rules were not introduced yet to forbid drivers from certain actions such as using phones while driving or speeding during race. However, during 1970’s many rule changes were being enforced so that professional ordinary citizens could also join races without risking their own safety due to lack of understanding of racing conditions. For example, new laws included limiting maximum speed within 200 km/h on straights and minimum distance between vehicles on track.