Today, everyone knows what Formula 1 is. Interest in the competition does not decrease along with new achievements in the automotive world on the new tracks are exposed new models. Enjoy the amazing spectacle – the competition of outstanding riders and vehicles is possible every year, the whole Formula 1 consists of several stages. The winner of the championship is awarded at the end of the year, when the results of all stages are summed up and the best rider is selected. Interestingly, the F1 allows you competing both riders and teams. In the first case they compete for the title of “World Champion”, in the second – for the “Cup of Designers.”
The source of the famous race can be called the European Grand Prix auto racing championship. He began to be held in 1920-1930. It was those organizations that took part in the Grand Prix that began to form specific rules for conducting races and recommendations to drivers of cars. The introduction of regulations was planned for 1941, but due to unfortunate events, the event was postponed until 1946. Already in 1947, the International Automobile Federation introduced the rules of the race, which became known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Every decade in the championship appeared its leader – this is a particular car brand or a team whose members make a race on certain cars. In 1959, the main innovation was the rear-engine race cars from the Cooper team. In 1962, the Lotus team struck everyone with a statement that the designers used in the creation of the car “aviation reception”. At the same time, safety arcs appeared, allowing motorists to protect their heads in the event of a coup. In 1968, the first stickers appeared on the fireballs, which marked the beginning of the era of sponsorship on Formula 1. Looking through news for all the years of the competition, you can follow the development of automotive technology and engineering. Throughout the 1980s, details such as turbo engines were actively introduced; they allowed for a significant increase in speed. In 1989, the use of turbo engines in competitions was prohibited. In early 2000, the leader was the Ferrari team, which to this day shows a great result. At the beginning of the new century, the competition rules changed, new pilots and real stars appeared.
Initially, what we now call the “Formula 1 World Championship” was called a little differently. The official name of the championship since 1950 sounded like the CSI Championnat du Monde des pilotes automobile, that is, the World Championship among racers of the FIA International Sports Commission. In 1978, CSI was reorganized into FISA (International Motorsports Federation), but this did not change the essence. That is why the “unformatted” for the Grand Prix of the 500-mile Indianapolis race could be on the calendar, sometimes Formula I and II class racers at the start (this was how it was at first, not Formula 1 or 2), and in 1952-1953 the championship performed only on Formula II race cars.
Therefore, it is not surprising that until 1980, inclusive, on the posters and podiums of the stages, you will not see the Formula 1 logo. It simply did not exist, as, incidentally, there was no such championship. True, from time to time one could see “self-made” logos, such as, for example, on the poster and podium of the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix. This was due to the fact that the CSI, and then the FISA created general rules that apply to all members of the FIA. And such trifles as a logo were not regulated, as is customary now. The local federations issued their rules for each race, but they did not take this into account. This continued until 1980.
April 15, 1980 as a result of the war of the Association of Formula 1 Designers (FOCA) and FISA was eliminated the World Pilot Championship. Instead, on January 1, 1981, the now familiar FIA Formula One World Championship was established. The creators of the “new” championship inherited the history of the World Championship among racers. Over time, FISA gained all political power, and Ecclestone – commercial. The regulation on 34 pages prescribed everything, but no one even thought about streamlining the ceremonial and creating an official logo. The organizers of the stages continued to publish posters with the name, who wanted to. Someone did not mention Formula 1 in general, someone mentioned, and on the billboard of the British Grand Prix in 1981 it was written “World Championship for riders.” On the catwalks, these inscriptions appeared even less often, but only until 1986.
The most beautiful race cars in the history of Grand Prix
Cars are the most important components of racing. A successful model can be remembered for a long time and associated with the “F-1” until the end of life. And in the entire history of the series, a lot of different fireballs have passed through it for the authorship of brilliant designers and charming charlatans. Adrian Newy, Ross Brown, Aldo Costa, Rory Byrne, Gordon Murray and other epic guys for decades worked on the design of technology.
- BMW-Sauber F1.08. There is a carnivorous shark in this car.
- Brown BGP 001. Beautiful minimalist design and smooth cockpit lines create a very pleasant impression.
- Maclaren MP4-20. It’s one of the most beautiful symbiosis talent Newy and silver livery “West” and “Mercedes”.
- Lotus 49. It’s classic model that creates an instant adrenaline sensation of speed. It’s almost impossible to break away from looking at small details.
- Brabham BT55. This auto is racing avant-garde monument.
- Arrows A2. It’s awesome torpedo on wheels, creating an indescribable sense of speed and danger. It’s close to the track profile just no one confused.
- Ferrari 643. Ideally simple concise lines and the legendary livery: what could be more beautiful? It’s coolest “Ferrari” in the history of the brand.
- Jaguar R1. Green “cat” livery light was remembered at first sight.
- Red Bull RB13. Adrian Newey’s latest creation, the most aesthetically pleasing in the current generation of cars – everyone liked the matte paint.
- Mercedes W196. The most beautiful Mercedes in the history of the brand now looks like a monumental work of retro-futuristic art.
- Michael Schumacher (Red Baron, Sunny Boy) – the most award-winning racer in F1 (seven-time), scored the most wins, won the largest number of poles (in 2017, broke the Nigra record), established the largest number of fast laps, received the biggest disqualification in the history of Formula 1, won at least one race the greatest number of seasons, leaked the largest number of rivals, in general, the most-most. In many languages, the word “Schumacher” has become a household word. For his smuggling and bright yellow jumpsuit in the early 90s he was nicknamed the sunny boy, for the total humiliation of his rivals in the early 00s – the Red Baron.
- Ayrton Senna (The Wizard, Rain Man) is the most epic three-time world champion. According to various polls, he is regularly recognized as the best racer in history, in his native Brazil he is considered the best athlete in the entire history (with Pele and Ronaldo). It was considered and is considered to be an unsurpassed racer on the net speed on the track on dry roads, and especially in the rain. He started in Toleman, graduated in Williams. But the most delivering period of his career fell on his performances for McLaren. The struggle with its antipode Prost, as well as with Mansell will long remain in the memory of the Oldfags.
- Alain Prost (Professor) – racial Frenchman, four-time world champion. Received nickname for infernal calm, poise and calculating, both on the track and outside it. In addition to epic confrontations with Senna, I remember also the championship of 1984 that was lost by half a point, the championship of 1986 won by two old auto-cars, and also the season of 1993 won by one wicket, public, and his colleagues so simply proceeded by shit: the faster he drove, the slower he seemed.
- Juan-Manuel Fangio (Maestro) – little-known to modern man, but nonetheless a great five-time Argentine champion. Smog on iron coffins to take four titles in a row in a row, the record lasted until 2004. The champion of Formula 1 in the percentage of victories from the total number of grand prix, won titles for four different teams.
No other car in the world is able to pass corners so quickly, to slow down and accelerate, like a Formula 1 car. As a result, we have teams’ expenses unprecedented for other racing championships, sometimes measured in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And there is only one clue. Formula 1 is an excellent advertising platform, because the audience is measured by many millions of viewers. All this is achieved thanks to excellent aerodynamics, powerful engines, expensive materials and huge financial injections.
Formula 1 (as well as any other car race) is a very dangerous sport. And although the times now are not the same, the royal races fairly deliver the average spectator with enchanting somersaults and flights. Well, there used to be a time when one hero per stage was considered something normal. And it even happened that the hero won the championship. As in this country, for something to change, someone very important had to die. So it happened. After the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in 1994 in Formula 1, not a single tragic event occurred for 21 years. They forgot about fatal accidents. But unfortunately, Jules Bianchi died on July 17, 2015 after the 2014 Japan accident. Well, do not forget about Maria de Villote, who, being a test pilot of Marousi, crashed on a truck on tests, and subsequently seemed to recover from her craniocerebral injuries. She became a hero after a cerebral hemorrhage resulting from the very accident.
Formula 1, as a testing ground for great engineering creativity, has always spawned many insane scientists, and the concentration of their gloominess is usually much higher than lethal doses. Almost always in the championship there is some ingenious designer who, during a career, leads the other, less ingenious designers. Sometimes their rampant fantasy betrays completely irresponsible marvels. People like Colin Chapman, John Barnard, Ross Brown and Adrian Newey are still nightmares of their rivals.
Any new interesting part can be long and massively installed on production cars, to develop and upgrade on them, but to be tightly forbidden in the formula. An example would be managed variable aerodynamics. Selection of rubber altogether abolished. In 2008–2014, the engine should have been manufactured one year before the competition and sealed for a specified period, until the overwhelming advantage of the Mercedes forced the representatives from the FIA to relax for the tokens, which were canceled after 2016. As a result, relative freedom to develop engines did come back. The ban on covering aerodynamic wheels, etc., still exists as a tribute to traditions and spitting in the face of progress.
Scandals, intrigues, investigations
Almost no season in Formula 1 passes without some big scandal. This usually happens when someone dominates too much over others, which gives rise to suspicions of breaking the rules or any other machinations. But sometimes epic scandals happen, and the ban-hammer becomes truly monstrous. A variety of tire and aerodynamic scandals, antics of pilots, bogus accidents – all are an integral part of the Big Circus. Modern Formula 1 practically turned into one nonstop scandal with suspicions, accusations, espionage, because, due to limitations of the rules, it is no longer possible to conduct an arms race.
Money is the alpha and omega of modern Formula 1. Pathos, speed, gloom need money. And it causes scandals of varying severity between the teams. Top teams spend hundreds of millions in order to slay all the polymers in the end, countries accepting the grand prix pay huge money to the organizers, sponsors dump huge money to the teams, and on top of all this stuffs the television money. At the present time, getting into Formula 1 without money or a sponsor has become almost impossible, which has generated a huge crowd of untalented rent-drivers, including from this country.