27 Facts About Formula One


Formula One is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile.

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Formula One cars are the fastest regulated road-course racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce.

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Formula One series originated with the European Championship of Grand Prix motor racing of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Formula One was a new formula agreed upon during 1946 with the first non-championship races taking place that year.

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Formula One offered Formula One to circuit owners as a package, which they could take or leave.

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Schumacher retired at the end of 2006 after sixteen years in Formula One, but came out of retirement for the 2010 season, racing for the newly formed Mercedes works team, following the rebrand of Brawn GP.

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In 2008 and 2009, Honda, BMW, and Toyota all withdrew from Formula One racing within the space of a year, blaming the economic recession.

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Formula One's charge was halted by Max Verstappen, who took his maiden win in Spain in his debut race for Red Bull.

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Formula One constructor is the entity credited for designing the chassis and the engine.

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Since 1981, Formula One teams have been required to build the chassis in which they compete, and consequently the distinction between the terms "team" and "constructor" became less pronounced, though engines may still be produced by a different entity.

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Seven out of the ten teams competing in Formula One 1 are based close to London in an area centred around Oxford.

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Each driver chooses an unassigned number from 2 to 99 upon entering Formula One, and keeps that number during their time in the series.

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Since 2008, the Formula One Group has been targeting new "destination cities" to expand its global reach, with the aim to produce races from countries that have not previously been involved in the sport.

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Cornering speed of Formula One cars is largely determined by the aerodynamic downforce that they generate, which pushes the car down onto the track.

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From 1998 to 2008, the tyres in Formula One were not "slicks" as in most other circuit racing series.

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Formula One teams pay entry fees of $500,000, plus $5,000 per point scored the previous year or $6,000 per point for the winner of the Constructors' Championship.

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Formula One drivers pay a FIA Super Licence fee, which in 2013 was €10,000 plus €1,000 per point.

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In September 2015, Force India and Sauber officially lodged a complaint with the European Union against Formula One questioning the governance and stating that the system of dividing revenues and determining the rules is unfair and unlawful.

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The very top Formula One drivers get paid more than IndyCar or NASCAR drivers the earnings immediately fall off after the top three F1 drivers and the majority of NASCAR racers will make more money than their F1 counterparts.

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Expense of Formula One has seen the FIA and the Formula One Commission attempt to create new regulations to lower the costs for a team to compete in the sport.

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Formula One has launched a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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In January 2020, FIA and Formula One signed the United Nations "Sports for Climate Action" framework.

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Formula One can be seen live or tape delayed in almost every country and territory and attracts one of the largest global television audiences.

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In China, there are multiple channels that broadcast Formula One which include CCTV, Tencent, Guangdong TV and Shanghai TV.

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Currently in France, the only channel that broadcasts Formula one is the pay TV channel Canal+, having renewed its broadcasting rights until 2024.

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On 26 November 2017 Formula One unveiled a new logo, which replaced the previous "flying one" in use since 1993.

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Since 1984, every Formula One race has counted towards the World Championship, and every World Championship race has been run to Formula One regulations.

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