Formula 1 actually refers to the rules that all drivers and cars have to follow while racing. The history of the most famous racing championship goes back to the late 1930s, and it still hasn’t lost any of its popularity. For all of you who aren’t familiar with it, here’s a brief history of F1 racing.
The idea goes back to the late 1930s, but the World War Two stopped it from being set in motion. It wasn’t until 1946 that the racing began, but it took only four more years to organize the first championship at Silverstone.
Although there were plenty of individuals who drove their own cars, the racing scene was dominated by manufacturers from the very beginning. Here’s a list of the most famous ones, just so you can see that not all that much has changed:
Formula 1 racing didn’t have an easy start. During the first couple of years, there was a lack of participants that resulted in Alberto Ascari winning two years in a row. During the first decade, it was an extremely dangerous sport that killed 13 drivers.
Fortunately, the technological advances that were made in the following years made Formula 1 much safer and more popular. New engines and regulations were constantly introduced, which is why in 1958 Formula 1 held its first constructors’ championship.
Since the late 1950s, British drivers dominated the F1 scene. Mike Hawthorn, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart were only a few of the most famous champions. By 1970, however, the cost of participating skyrocketed, and Bernie Ecclestone turned it into a billion-dollar business. This was also the decade that introduced turbocharged vehicles.
Due to safety issues, turbochargers were eventually banned from Formula 1. During that same time, electronic aids were being introduced, with Lotus leading the way. Experts started to argue that drivers were becoming insignificant. The following two decades were the era of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, whose retirement in 2006 marked the comeback of BMW, Honda and Toyota, as well as the competitive spirit.