Everything you need to know about Formula One

You’ve probably heard the name “Formula One” before. Perhaps you’ve seen an F1 car used to advertise Tag Heuer watches or Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans, or maybe you’ve even heard names like Fangio, Senna, or Schumacher. But what exactly is Formula One? 

Well, if you want to know, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to F101, where we cover everything you need to know about Formula One, from the races and cars to where the name “Formula One” initially came from. Buckle up.

 

What is Formula One?

Formula One is arguably the world’s most prestigious form of Motorsport. It features high-tech cars built to a specific set of rules — aka the “formula” — racing all around the world, from Monaco to Malaysia. It’s run by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the main international governing body for Motorsport.

Grand prix racing existed before F1, but it was much less organized. After World War II, the FIA sought to codify a hierarchy of racing and establish rules for car design. In October 1947, it announced that Formula One would be the new top series, effective January 1, 1948. Because of the devastation wrought by the war, F1 was initially hampered by a lack of cars and drivers, but it soon gained traction and acquired the prestige its creators always wanted.


Today, the diversity of F1’s drivers and race locations, combined with the high-caliber cars and the sport’s high profile continue to make F1 the standard bearer of racing. It’s certainly not the only game in town, but no race series does it quite like F1.

 

 

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