Few people know what the “formula” in the name of the most prestigious race on the planet means and how it has changed over the past 70 years.
The formula in the name Formula – F1 is the term for a system of rules that apply in the tournament, which requires all participating teams to comply. The innovations of the formula over time are a contributor to the appeal and uniqueness of this world’s No. 1 racing race.
Expanding the range with a variety of styles
Formula 1 racing has its origins in the European Motor Racing Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s. However, it was not until 1946 that the rules of the tournament were adopted by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) standardization and official races were first held in 1950.
Europe is the cradle of F1. However, the endless passion of the fans with the fast-paced tracks spread to North America, South America, and then Asia, making F1 become the No. 1 racing worldwide.
In Asia, China, Malaysia, Singapore held the first F1 races in 2008. The United Arab Emirates began hosting in 2009.
Up to now, half of F1’s races have been held outside of Europe with separate and unique tracks in each host country and region, thereby offering very different F1 race year by year.
Improving technology, focusing more on safety
1950: The first F1 tournament was held in Silverstone, England. This season, the racing teams use pre-World War cars like Alfa’s 158.
1959: The first major technological innovation – Cooper’s re-production of mid-range motor cars – won Australian driver Jack Brabham’s world championship in 1959, 1960, and 1966.
1961: All the riders in the competition have switched to mid-range motor cars.
1962 – 1973: Colin Chapman – designer and founder of Team Lotus introduce the car with an aluminum chassis attached to the body instead of traditional chassis design. This innovation has put the British team to dominate the F1 track with 12 championships.