Introduction & History
Formula one in short called as F1 is the biggest motor spot on the planet. They are considered as the biggest because they’ve got the biggest fan base, most advance technologies and also they have some big names on the investors and team owners. The event F1 is conducted, governed and sanctioned by an organisation called FIA ( Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile or the International Automobile Federation ).
Like every racing event F1 winner is also decided by looking at the person/vehicle which crosses the line first by completing all the laps. The racing is not just about taking the stretch run towards the finishing line, there are many rules and regulations that every driver and the supporting staff should follow and following those thing is also an objective in this sporting event.
The formula one motor racing series was originated at the time of European Grand Prix Motor Racing at the year 1920s and 1930s. Before naming the event as formula one, the word ‘formula’ was representing a set of rules that drivers and vehicles shout maintain and later it was named as formula one which had many new rules added on to the previous set. The championship events were started at the time of World War 2 and due to the war events, the games got stopped and Championship was not formalized until 1947.
Then on the year 1950 the race was restarted and it’s the first world championship series held at silver stone, United Kingdom. That race on 1950 was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina in his Alfa Romeo. But the legendary driver Juan Manuel Fangio won the championship in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957 which remained as a record for almost 45 years.
The engine technology has got an incredible history which astonishes everyone who looks at it. Earlier 1930s were dominated by the engines manufactured by Ferdinand Porsche’s pioneering Auto Unions until Bugatti’s re-introducing the mid-engine cars with the Type 251. At first the engine was a big failure and most of the constructors stand against taking mid-engine cars. But all the bad impression kept by mid-engine cars was vanished when Australian driver Jack Brabham won championship during 1959, 60 and 66 with his Brabham racing team. By 1961 all the competitors started learning the chances of mid-engine cars and switched from front-end cars.
During 1962 racing team Lotus introduced chassis with aluminium-sheet monocoque instead of normal space-frame design followed by every other teams. This new breakthrough was then followed by all the other teams making this one of the biggest inventions of F1. Spending more time on the test vehicles showed huge speed variations on the corners. This lead the teams to think about increasing the down force on the vehicle without increasing the weight of the vehicle. During late 1970s Lotus came up with an idea of increasing the down force called as ground-effect aerodynamics which was previously used in Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J during 1970. Since then every team started spending big amount on designs of the vehicle and vehicle equipment for maintaining the aerodynamic properties and reducing the weight of materials.
Formula one was always big money game. Each year they spend tons of money for engine, design etc. and to make sure that the best driver stays with them. One of the big money return is through the advertisement on the F1 vehicles and this started when Lotus painted Imperial Tobacco on their cars during 1968. Since then big corporations started funding and taking over the teams so that they can publish their name on the fans favourite vehicles and this boosted the whole F1 entertainment industry. More investment started coming, more inventions came, and started taking up challenges and rivalries also build end up.
Current F1 statistics are mind blowing. In the year 2015 F1 teams spend around €2598 million on their teams (As per the report of Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo ). Since teams started researching on vehicles each and every components became handpicked items and each F1 vehicle would cost minimum of US$22 million and a high category car like Red Bull RB8 will cost $172million excluding all the design and brain work payments.
During the 2015 F1 races the legendary commentator Murray Walker mentioned F1 engines as power plants. In another way this is true because the engine and the engine power produced are very huge compared to normal sports car engines. Engine technology changed a lot along with its sophistication.