The drivers race so fast. Others are left behind while other racers drop out of the race because their car rolled over or burst into flames. This is the world of Formula one. The name Formula One is derived from the fact all the competing racers must ensure that their race cars adhere to a certain criteria as set by the Grand Prix.
The reason why the sport is called “Formula” One is rooted in history. Pioneer motor racing placed no limitations on the size or power of the competing cars. With technological advances, this free-for-all quickly made for ludicrously dangerous conditions — especially as the early races were fought out on public roads. As a result, the governing body of the sport at the time began imposing key limitations on the format of the cars in terms of power, weight, and size. Only cars complying with this “formula” of rules could compete. The rules of Grand Prix racing have adapted to the technology and needs of the times. The rules formulated for racing immediately after World War II were given the tag of “Formula One”, a name that has stuck ever since. Formula Two was invented shortly afterwards as a junior category, with a smaller engine capacity. Not long after that, Formula Three came into being for even smaller single-seaters. The Formula Two name was dropped in the mid-1980s and replaced by Formula 3000, denoting the cubic centimeter capacity of the engines. Formula Three remains. If illogical and inconsistent labelling bugs you, motor racing is not for you.
Formula One has a rich history and it all begins in the thirties. Things did bot commence as planned because World War Two occurred but then afterwards the idea was revisited. It took time but in 1950 the first race was held.
Formula One (the formula in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must comply and was originally and briefly known as Formula A) can trace its roots back to the earliest days of motor racing, and emerged from the buoyant European racing scene of the inter-war years. Plans for a Formula One drivers’ championship were discussed in the late 1930s but were shelved with the onset of World War Two.
In 1946 the idea was rekindled and in that season the first races were held and the following year the decision was made to launch a drivers’ championship. It took until 1950 for the details to be hammered out and in May 1950 the first world championship race was held at Silverstone – the first F1 race had taken place a month earlier in Pau. Only seven of the twenty or so Formula One races that season counted towards the title but the championship was up and running. Even as more races were included in the championship, there were plenty of non-championship Formula One races. Non-championship races continued until 1983 when rising costs ruled them unprofitable.
Formula One has had great legends taking part in it. There was Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. These men put their heart and soul into the sport and earning it more fans as a result. Michael Schumacher is still receiving intensive treatment, Senna passed on but Hamilton still flies the flag high.
Probably no driver in Formula 1 history dedicated himself more to his sport, gave more of himself in the unbending pursuit of success.
Senna was a force of nature, a powerful combination of spectacular raw talent and sometimes terrifying determination.
He had the good looks of a romantic hero, a charisma that could quieten any room, the eloquence of a poet and a spirituality with which millions felt they could identify. His dark eyes were windows to a soul of complexity and volatility.
All that made him into a demi-god in his homeland of Brazil, and admired the world over like few sportsmen before or since.