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History Of Formula 1 Cars

Published July 29, 2012

So this is a pretty long running history which should make for tons of interesting facts to uncover. Most of you i’m sure now formula 1 racing get its roots from the gran prix in Europe that go as far back as early 1920’s. In 1946 the FIA or Federation of international Automobiles would be founded. Then four years later in early 1950 the first world champion title was put into effect and would prove to set the guidelines and regulations for racing, many of which are still either in effect or slightly revised.

So not long after putting the first few circuits out to race the FIA realized they would need more than one class of car which would obviously allow for more races each year. So first there was the formula A also known as formula 1. later they would come out with a formula 2 car or formula B, but upon introducing the third model the formula 3 car was never known as a formula C which would lead to them simply being numbered one two and three. Championships for drivers or drivers were not introduced immediately. In the early years there were around 20 races held from late Spring to early Autumn (Fall) in Europe, although not all of these were considered significant. Most competitive cars came from Italy, particularly Alfa Romeo. Races saw pre-war heroes like Achille Varzi, Jean-Pierre Wimille and Tazio Nuvolari end their careers, while drivers like Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio rose to the front.

This championship would later come to us as a response to the first motorcycle world championships. The organization of the championship, to be held across six of the ‘major’ Grands Prix of Europe, as well as the Indianapolis 500, was a mere formalization of what had already been developing in Grand Prix racing during the previous years. The italian teams such as Ferrari and Maserati were expected to excel at least for the first few years and they sure did. Alfa Romeo is not a team to be forgotten with the three italian drivers and one argentinian drivers Giuseppe Farina, Luigi Fagioli and Piero Taruffi were the italians and Juan Manuel Fangio being from argentina. It was very common to see teams keeping a team mostly of people from teams home area and maybe one or two foreign drivers.

1958 to 1961 would bring some exciting changes to Formula 1 the biggest being the introduction of the constructors award. This pushed teams to build better faster cars in hopes of boosting team recognition and even auto sales of their car makers around the world. Another big change we saw was the shortening of races by about 100 miles (300-200). This would force the drivers to drive hard for a longer duration of the race due to not having the extra distance for a comeback.

So if you have any appreciation for the formula 1 series or just racing in general this should tell you a little about how we got where we are today. An efficiently run series and some of the most amazing machines to touch pavement all got its start almost a hundred years ago. Cant wait to see what the next 100 years is going to bring us.

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