We’ve already covered who owns the stage at Formula 1, it’s time to learn more about the giant of single-seat auto racing itself.
What is formula racing?
Let’s begin by understanding what the name actually means. The “formula” part of Formula 1 title refers to the set of criteria the cars need to meet if they are to participate in the race. The car must be single seater, open-wheeled. Its origin can be traced back to terms established by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), an association that dates back to 1904 and is focused on the interests of motor car racing participants, organizations and events. They created those for all single-seat race regulations that came after World War II and are still very much relevant today. The best-known races that comply with the formula are, surprisingly enough, all the Formulas: Formula Two, Formula Three, Formula Four, and Formula One at the forefront as the most prestigious one. There is also Formula E, that goes for a more eco-friendly approach and is a high class race for racing cars powered by electricity.
History of Formula 1
Formula race development has followed a somewhat complicated path, which is largely due to the World War II, and Formula One is not an exception. The most famous of all Formulas originated in Grand Prix motor racing in the 1920s and 1930s and officially started off in 1950. A race in a city in the United Kingdom known as Silverstone marks the beginning of history for this famous race. It’s important to note that it all started as the World Drivers’ Championship and became Formula One as we know it only it 1981. Non-championship Formula 1 events were also a thing, and for quite some time, but the cost of competition was huge, and the events stopped in 1983. As for the championships, they took places regularly and Formula One exploded in popularity. One event worth mentioning is that the world-famous race went through a small-scale rebranding in 2017, when they changed their “flying” logo we all knew and loved to a new one, which is now becoming the sport’s trademark.
Formula One Strategy and Racing
The race takes up an entire weekend. You might think that people gather and the race start, but that’s not true at all. In fact, that weekend includes three practice sessions – two on Friday and one on Saturday, and a qualifying session that determines the starting position for the participants the race. So basically, a race before the race. Speaking of the main event, it begins with a lap for warm-up, which gives a chance to check the road conditions, have a feel of the road based on the weather and warm up the vehicle. A driver who first crosses the finish line after completing a certain number of lacks naturally is the winner, and how many laps they do depend on the length of the track – the longest Formula One race is 400km.