One of the best known motor sports is Formula 1, frequently called Grand Prix. To those in the know it is known as F1. The title Formula 1 refers to the rules, or “formula” that vehicles and participants must comply with. It is these rigorous guidelines that make Formula 1 one of the most exiting and competitive of all the motor sports. F1 racing began in the early 1900s with the European Grand Prix. Early Grand Prix races had a set of rules for both vehicles and drivers. After the Second World War, an even more stringent formula was produced. This new set of rules was then known as Formula One, indicating that it was most stringent set of rules. The inaugural Formula 1 Championship race was held in England in 1950 and was won by Italian driver Giuseppe Farinar in an Alfa Romeo. The F1 Championship is now divided into two divisions, the drivers’ championship and the car makers’ championship.
Most Formula 1 racing circuits consist of at least one straight length of road which is then used as the starting grid for the race. The rest of the course consists of a series of turns and curves and all the venues have their own unique difficulties. Races are run over multiple laps in order to find the winner and races often take up to 2 hours to complete. Grand Prix races are held on courses designed specifically for that purpose, however there are some races that continue to be held on street circuits such as Montreal, Melbourne and Monaco.
Millions of fans from around the world watch Formula 1 racing on television with broadcasts available in more than two hundred countries. This popularity has made Formula One racing a preference for sponsors who use racing to advertise their products.