HISTORY OF F1 (FORMULA ONE) RACING

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HISTORY OF Formula one RACING

 Formula one formally known for a short-term as Formula A has been around for considerable long period of time. In the present day it may appear to be a famous racing sport all around the world with well-framed policies and principles and incredible efficiency but looking back in time, it had struggled through lots of challenges before it became what it is seen to be today. There have been several reviews and changes in the Formula 1 regulations as well as Formula One technology before this present time. A lot of Formula one accidents and Formula 1 deaths has also been part of the history of the sport.

The Formula describes a set of rules which all cars and contestant must comply with. Formula one can be said to have originated from the European Grand Prix championship in the 1920s and 1930s. In the late 1930s, there were ideas of a creating a Formula one drivers’ championship but it went under with the surfacing of world war two. In 1946 the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) finally standardize the rules and defined it as the premier single sitter racing category in Motor Racing sport worldwide. On first September, 1946 a race won by Achille Varzi driving an Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta marked the first race to be held under the new regulation.

It was not until May 1950 before the first world championship race which took place at Silverstone was launched using the Formula one rules. Among about twenty Formula one races held in that season only seven were considered significant with a title. Apart from the Formula one world championship series, there were other non-championship Formula one races which were held for many years until 1983 when it was stopped due to the rising cost of racing and they were ruled out as unprofitable.


Formula one in the 1950’s

After the introduction of Motorcycle world championship in 1949, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 1950 launched the first ever official Formula one drivers’ world championship. The championship consists of six Formula one races in Europe and the Indianapolis 500. The inaugural Formula one world championship race was held on 13th May, 1950 at Silverstone, England. The race was won by Giuseppe (Nino) Farina with his Alfa Romeo158. Farina was able to capture the first world championship with a little advantage over Juan Manuel Fangio only because he had finished 4th place in a race in addition to his three wins but Fangio had only three wins with no other position that can earn him more points. However, a month earlier Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati had won the first race that can be referred to as International Formula One competition at Pau. Most competing cars at the early years were from Italy talking about the Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati. Other competing manufacturers were not really successful, the likes of Talbot from France and BRM from Britain did their best but were nowhere found near the Italian giants. The local races also featured a lot of privateer, this are drivers who raced their own cars. In 1951 the Formula one championship was won by Argentine Juan Manual Fangio with Alfa Romeao159 an advancement of Alfa Romeo158. During the 1952 and 1953 season, Alfa Romeo pulled out due to lack of fund this drastically reduced the magnitude of the competition and making Ferrari invincible. The lack of entrants in these two seasons made the governing bodies to run races using Formula two regulations, Alberto Ascari won the two championships in a Ferrari 500.

In 1954 the Formula one regulations returned and engines were restricted to 2.5 litres atmospheric engines. Lancia and Mercedes-Benz entered the Formula one with great prospects hiring the greatest drivers of that time. Ascari drove the Lancia while Fangio drove the Mercedes-Benz. These cars featured fantastic advancements with their desmodromic valves, fuel injection, magnesium, streamlined body works and alloy parts. Fangio won the 1954 championship in a Mercedes Benz.

In 1955 Fangio won all but one race, the British Grand Prix which was won by an English man Stirling Moss, he was considered the greatest Formula one driver never to win a championship and the first Briton to win the British Grand prix. 1955 was a year of unpleasant memory in the history of Formula one. A Mercedes sport car crashed and killed 85 people at Le Mans this led to the exit of Mercedes from Formula one, the rest of the Formula one Grand Prix was cancelled after this horrific disaster. Nevertheless, they were able to prove they have superior authority in car technology before they left. Also in the same year at Monaco, Ascari in his Lancia crashed into the harbour after missing a chicane. Ascrai was pulled out of the water alive and in good condition. However there was a possibility of an undetected internal injury because four days after this accident Ascari died while testing a car at Monza. After his death, Lancia left the Formula one releasing their engines, cars, information and technology to Ferrari. The 1955 season also claimed the life of Bill Vukovich, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

In 1956 Fangio moved to Lancia integrated Ferrari to claim his fourth F1 drivers’ world championship with five poles, three wins and a second out of the seven world championship races.

In 1957 Fangio won his fifth and last Formula one championship driving for Maserati with an astonishing performance which was considered to be Fangio’s greatest race at the Nurburgring, Germany.

The era of British supremacy in the Formula one was ushered in by Mike Hawthorn winning the championship in 1958 and becoming the first English driver to secure the title. Basically in 1958 cars shifted to the use of Avgas instead of various fuel mixtures when the Formula one races were shortened to around 300km/200miles from 500km/300 miles although the Formula was retained.

In a fascinating way Stirling Moss won the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix in a Cooper T45 entered by the private Rob Walker’s team, the Cooper T45 became the first car in the history of Formula One to win a race with the engine mounted at the back of the driver. Maurice Trintignant also driving the same Cooper won the next Grand Prix in Monaco at this time facing tougher opposition. The year also featured the first woman Maria Teresa de Filippis to compete in a Formula one race at the Belgian Grand Prix driving a private Maserati. The constructors’ competition was introduced in 1958 with points allocated to only the first six highest placed cars, between 1962 and 1973 British team won ten of this championship. 1959 featured a severe competition and at the end Mike Hawthorn won the Formula 1 world championship in a Ferrari 246 and Moss in a Vanwall finished second once again. At the end of the 1959 season, upset by the situation of things with Ferrari Mike Hawthorn retired from Formula one but he was killed just one month later in a road accident while driving his Jaguar.

Giuseppe (Nino) Farina

Giuseppe (Nino) Farina
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Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio
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Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn
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Formula one in the 1960’s

The British teams with no doubt dominated the 1960’s in the world of Formula one, between 1962 and 1973 British teams won twelve world championships. They completely out-classed their major rivals, the Italian cars. The Italians still have their engines right in front of their car claiming the horse pulls the car rather than push it. The British engineering brilliance most especially the “Colin Chapman’s Team Lotus” during this decade was solely responsible for their outstanding success. They introduced the mid-engined cars with astonishing rear engine design. Colin Chapman the brain behind the Lotus team worked with his team to build light Formula one racing cars with the incentive that the light weight will result in more speed. Although this incentive was brilliant, the light cars were not so rugged. They may break down before they end of the race but whenever they don’t they were clearly unbeatable.

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In 1961 the Formula one was reduced to 1.5 litre non-supercharged engines in an attempt to curtail speed, this was stated to last for five years. This saw Ferrari to developing their first super power rear-mid engine car which forced the British teams back to the drawing board. The 1961 world championship was won by an American, Phil Hill in his famous shark-nosed Ferrari 156. His German team mate Wolfgang von Trips was killed along with 14 spectators in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. In 1962 the Lotus 25 was introduced which marks the second turning point in technological change in Formula One. Jim Clark (driving in the Lotus 25) initially leading the final race and the season point, lost the 1962 championship to Graham Hill (driving for BRM) after an oil leak problem at South Africa’s Kyalami. After the Lotus car engine became reliable Jim Clark won the Formula one championship in 1963 and 1965 for Lotus recording the maximum possible Formula one world championship points in both seasons. Clark also became the first Briton to win the Indianapolis 500. In 1964 John Surtees a former motorcycle world champion won the Formula one world championship driving for Ferrari and became the only driver ever to be a world champion on both two wheels and four wheels. Despite the substantial financial and technological effort made by Ferrari, Surtees had won only because Clark suffered an engine failure in the new Lotus 33 on the second-to-the last lap of the 1964 Mexican Grand Prix, allowing Surtees to finish in second place beating Graham Hill with a single point to claim the world championship. The Mexican Grand Prix which was the last race for that season saw Richie Ginther gave Honda its first victory in the Formula one.

In 1966 the Formula one adopted a new engine rule of 3.0 litre non-supercharged or 1.5 litre supercharged capacity. This fronted the withdrawal of Coventry climax from the Formula one racing and most of the constructors were struggling to upgrade to the new specification. Jack Brabham with his Brabham racing team emerge the world champion, the team was again geared to victory the following year by a New Zealander, Denny Hulme. In 1967 Ford partnered with Lotus to build the Ford- Cosworth DFV V8 engine, used to power the newly introduced Lotus 48. The engine was light, compact and delivered great power but it had challenges of frequent failure which presented Hulme the opportunity of winning the 1967 Formula one world championship.

In January 1968 the Colin Chapman’s Lotus team made another fresh innovation during the season’s opening race at Kyalami, being the first ever to carry sponsored advertisement on their car. Another innovation witnessed in this same year was the introduction of wings. Jim Clark also broke Fangio’s record for career Grand Prix victories in the opening round but sadly he was killed just few months after by veering off into the trees in the wet while competing in a relatively low rated F2 race at Hockenheim. Lotus secured both the drivers and constructors title in 1968 with Graham hills. After Clark’s the tragic death Formula One drivers demanded for more safety measures to be put in place in order to curb loss of lives, they boycotted the Belgian GP at Spa and prevented it from happening after the authorities failed to install the safety measures. Jackie Stewart won the 1969 championship driving a Matra MS80 which was a great achievement for Matra MS80 team who had only entered the Formula one the previous year.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark
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Formula one in the 1970s

As the cost of racing increased tremendously in the 1970s, private entries in the Formula One begin to vanish. Formula one also broke out to become a big success commercially with Bernie Ecclestone to be credited for his strategy of transforming the sport into a Billion dollar business. There was also pronounced technological advancements in the 1970s, the invention of the aluminium sheet monocoque chassis replacing the traditional spaceframe design followed by the introduction of ground effect aerodynamics in the late 1970s which sufficiently improved cornering speed.

The 1970 championship was won posthumously by Austrian Jochen Rindt for Lotus. Randt died in practice while preparing for the Italian GP at Monza’s Parabolica corner. Randt was replaced by young Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi and Reine Wisell.

The 1971 season championship was dominated and won by Stewart with the Team Tyrrell. The twenty five year old Emerson Fittipaldi took the 1972 championship with the black “John Player Special” Lotus and becoming the then youngest world champion. Stewart comfortably won the 1973 driver’s championship but following the death of his team mate Francois Cevert during practice, Stewart retired and Tyrrell pulled out of the race giving Lotus the golden opportunity to land the Constructor’s title.

In 1974 Fittipaldi decided to leave the Lotus and joined the McLaren team after recovering from the death of their founder who died in 1968 in his own car. Fittipaldi was granted the role of a true lead driver at McLaren, a role which was not truly handed to him while he was with Lotus. Together Fittipaldi and McLaren won the 1974 championship.

In 1975, Ferrari came back to the top of Formula one when an Austrian driver “Niki Lauda” won the Formula one championship driving the Ferrari’s flat-12 powered 312T. Also in this year a woman “Lella Lombardi” score the first point by a woman in the history of Formula one when she finished sixth in the Spanish GP. In 1976 Lauda was in the forefront again winning six out of the first nine races despite the grave challenge he faced with James Hunt driving the McLaren M23 Cosworth. Sadly, Lauda crashed and his Ferrari went into flames during the second lap at Bergwerk, a 150mph section of the Nurburgring, he suffered severe burns, tissue and long damaged and he was hospitalized presumed to die. He was given his last rites in the hospital but six weeks later, he recovered miraculously and was back in his Ferrari. Lauda lost the 1976 championship to James Hunt when he pulled out of the final race at Fuji in Japan after three laps of torrential rain, he claimed that the it was too risky and determined not to race under unsafe conditions any longer. In 1977 Lauda reclaimed the championship but left Ferrari to join Berbie Ecclestone’s Parmalat Brabham team before the end of the season, the incidence at Fuji had marred the relationship between him and Enzo Ferrari, and he was removed from being the lead driver. In 1978 the Colin Chapman led Lotus team finally got the aerodynamic system right, creating the ground effects. The ground effect put other racing cars out of competition for over a year as Lotus won nine out of the fifteen races in the 1978 season. Mario Andretti won the 1978 championship with Lotus becoming the first driver to win both Formula One title and the American lndycar. His title came with a tragic death of his Swede team mate Ronnie Peterson when he crashed into the barriers at the beginning of the Italian GP at Monza and that was the last title to be won by a Lotus driver before the death of Colin Chapman. In 1979 FISA (Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile) headed by Jean-Marie Balestre came to existence and clashed almost immediately with FOCA (Formula One Constructors’ Association) headed by Bernie Ecclestone over revenue and regulations. The two governing bodies disagreed on the use of ground effects and turbo charging which were both banned eventually. South African Jody Scheckter won the Formula one championship with Ferrari in 1979.

Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi
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 Formula one in the 1980s

Frank Williams eventually got the much awaited success with Alan Jones and Keke Rosberg in 1980 and 1982 respectively while a young Brazilian Nelson Piquet won the Formula One championship in 1981 and 1983 for the Brabham team owned by Bernie Ecclestone. In 1982 there was a rift between Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi when Pironi passed Villeneuve contrary to the team command during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, both were later met with tragic ends. Villeneuve died in an accident at Zolder and few weeks later Pironi was crippled in an accident during practice for the German Grand Prix. In 1981 the struggling McLaren unified with Ron Dennis’s Formula Two Project-4 team to emerge with the first carbon fiber composite chassis producing much lighter racing cars with greater grip and fantastic cornering speed. By this time it has been an established fact that turbo-charged engines is the way forward if anyone want to remain in competition.

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In 1984 Alain Prost team mate to Niki Lauda driving McLaren TAG turbo engine won the F1 championship with a controversial half point which came from the Monaco Grand Prix that was halted in a heavy rain after 31 laps. Though Ayrton Senna driving for Toleman challenged the win because he believed he passed Prost in the final lap in the rain. Prost again won the Formula one championship in 1985 and 1986. His 1986 victory was an advantage he enjoyed when Nigel Mansell had a rear tire explosion during the last race of the season at Adelaide, Australia. Also the huge rivalry between Mansell and his team mate Piquet gave Prost an edge as they took points off each other. However, the brilliant performance of both Mansell and Piquet landed Williams the Constructors’ title that year. The 1987 championship was won by Piquet riving for Williams. McLaren bounced back in 1988 with Senna joining McLaren this season, he and his new team mate Prost won 15 out of the 16 Grand prix. McLaren cruised to the constructors’ title and Senna won the Formula one drivers’ championship.

At the beginning of 1989 season Turbo engines were banned from Formula One with the new rule allowing only naturally aspirated car engines with up to 3.5 litres. McLaren continued its supreme dominance with its two great and unfriendly drivers. The two initially had a gentlemen’s agreement in 1988 to stop their rivalry but this was betrayed by Senna during the 1989 San Marino Grand prix. Prost won the 1989 Formula one drivers’ championship and left McLaren for Ferrari in 1990 when he can no longer deal with Senna’s antagonistic relationship.

Alain Prost

Alain Prost
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 Formula one in the 1990s

Ayrton Senna secured the Formula One championship in 1990, He was victorious again in 1991, he became the first driver to ever clinch a Formula one championship campaign with four straight victories. Senna sealed his third Formula one championship title at the Japanese Grand Prix becoming the sixth “three-time world champion” only looking forward to equal the record of the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio who was a five time world champion.

In 1992 Williams came back in control now powered by Renault. Nigel Mansell drove the Williams-Renault to capture the championship in 1992. Mansell retired from Williams after he found out that the owner has recruited Alain Prost to take over the 1993 season. Prost later won his fourth Formula one championship in 1993 driving the William-Renault FW15C. At the end of 1993 season the FIA decided to ban the use of driver aids such as traction control, active suspension and other automatic adjustments when it was noticed that technology is now key in determining the outcome of the race rather than driver’s skills

 In 1994 Ayrton Senna replaced retired Alain Prost at Williams on a striking deal of 20 million dollars per year. At the beginning of the 1994 season it was believed that with Senna and Williams together they will be invincible, but surprisingly a young German Michael Schumacher won the first three races in that season. A terrible accident happened at the San Marino Grand Prix during qualifying which led to the death of Simtek driver Roland Ratzenberger and putting Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in a critical condition in the hospital. Also on the 1st of May 1994 Ayrton Senna died from a serious head injury after he crashed his Rothmans Williams-Renault during a race. In response to these tragic incidents the FIA quickly enforced some measures to further curb speed in Formula one racing. This includes perforation of car airboxes, fitting wooden planks beneath the central portion of the chassis and a few more. Michael Schumacher won his first Formula one title in 1994 but he did not boast much about it because Senna whom he sees ah his measuring stick was gone.

In 1995 more rules were rolled out to further ensure safety. Design of the cars were based on a standard template. The 3.5 litres engine was reduced to 3 litres, the cockpit size was also increased to ease drivers exit. Schumacher took his second Formula one title in 1995 and Benetton won their first ever constructors title. In 1996 Jean Todt influenced the movement of Schumacher from Benetton to Ferrari on a twenty seven million dollars per season deal and he brought them their first victory in nearly a decade at the Italian Gran Prix at Monza. Damon Hill finally landed his first Formula one world championship in 1996. In the 1997 season the competition was very much close that the drivers’ world champion was decided in the final race of the season, dominated by two rival Jacques Villeneuve son of a Formula one legend and Michael Schumacher. Villeneuve won the title while Schumacher got knocked off the race when he collided with Villeneuve and tried to run him off the tracks, he was also humiliated and deprived of second place in the championship. The 1998 and 1999 championship was both conquered by Mika Hakkinen driving the McLaren-Mercedes with strong competition from Schumacher and Eddie Irvine of the Ferrari team.

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna
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Formula one in the 2000s

In 2000 Michael Schumacher became victorious once again winning the drivers’ championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and bringing Ferrari the constructors’ title. This victory was dramatic as he burst into tears after crossing the finishing line for the much awaited glory. Schumacher also won the Formula one drivers’ championship in 2001 where he sealed his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix and also brought Ferrari the constructors’ title together with his team mate “Rubens Barichello”. In 2002 Michael Schumacher again won the Formula one championship with a record performance, finishing first or second in every Formula one race that season except the Malaysian Grand Prix where he finished third. He claimed the title with a 67 point margin and set a record of the shortest time it takes for a world champion to emerge. In 2003 rules for Formula one was modified once again featuring a new system of point allocation (10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 to the first eight drivers). Schumacher continued his reign as the champion in 2003. However, he secured the title with just two points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. In 2004 two new events were introduced, the Bahrain and the Chinese Grand Prix which increased the number of championship races to eighteen. Also a new rule was introduced enforcing the use of renewable car part and limiting each driver to one engine for the entire Grand Prix weekend. Schumacher and Ferrari maintain their performance and displayed better dominance compared to the 2003 season. Schumacher won twelve out of the first thirteen races of the season. Michael Schumacher emerged the Formula one world champion the seventh time in 2004 and also setting a record of the most races won. The reign of Ferrari came to a halt in 2005 when the works Renault team dominated the early part of the season and McLaren became superior at the later part of the season. Renault eventually won the constructors’ championship at the season finale at Shanghai and Fernando Alonso emerged the 2005 world champion becoming the then youngest world champion. The end of the 2005 season also ends the era of V10 engines in Formula one to be replaced by the 2.4 litre V8 engines. In 2006 Alonso repeated his victory winning the Formula one drivers’ championship the second time consecutively after a keen contest with Schumacher who retired from Formula One at the end of the season. Renault also won the constructors’ championship in 2006. Fernando Alonso moved to McLaren in 2007, Michael Schumacher was replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. At the start of 2007 season Lewis Hamilton team mate to Alonso at McLaren proved his worth with an impressive performance scoring a spectacular nine podiums in his first nine races taking a significant lead to the drivers’ championship over Alonso. This marred the relation between McLaren and Alonso who believed he should be given preference over Hamilton. However, a grave mistake and a mechanical error in the last two races of the season robbed Hamilton of the world title which was hijacked by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen with just one point. Ferrari also took the constructors’ championship after McLaren was disqualified.

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In 2008 Fernando Alonso returned to Renault but without any significant success. The season posed a great competition between McLaren and Ferrari. A dramatic showdown during the final Grand Prix at Interlagos decided the Formula one world champion. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa who won the final Grand Prix would have also been crowned the Formula one champion for that season but when his title rival, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton passed Timo Glock on the last corner of the last lap to secure his much needed fifth place all hope was lost for Felipe Massa as Hamilton emerged the world champion with just one point advantage. As compensation Ferrari won the constructors’ championship for that season. In 2009 Formula one season there was introduction of new sets of rules including the rev limits for engines, testing allowance was also cut down to 15,000 km and in-season testing was forbidden. Ross Brawn a technical director for Ferrari purchased the remains of Honda and branded the team as Brawn GP. Formal Honda driver, Jenson Button took the wheel for the Brawn team and systematically won the drivers title at Brazil with eleven points lead, and together with his team mate, Rubens Barrichello brought the team Brawn GP the constructors’ championship. Brawn GP became the first team to clinch both drivers’ and constructors’ championship in their debut season which was also their only season.

In 2010 F1 racing, Brawn GP was bought by Mercedes Benz who returned to Formula One as a constructor after quitting in 1955. Following his return to Formula one, Michael Schumacher was hired alongside fellow German, Nico Rossberg to drive the Mercedes Benz but this time Schumacher was unable to make a significant impact in the world of F1, in fact he was constantly beaten and out classed by his team mate. The then reigning world champion, Jenson Buttons moved to McLaren to partner with Lewis Hamilton. Formula one saw major changes in its rules and regulations in 2010, KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) and double diffusers were banned for the 2010 season, then came the introduction of F-Ducts by McLaren. Also there was a major change in the scoring system which formally favored only the first eight finishers to now favor the first ten finishers, reallocating the point from 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, to 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1. The season featured a great contest majorly between Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren drivers. At the final round in Abu Dhabi four drivers have the chance to be crowned the world champion (Fernando Alonso for Ferrari, Mark webber and Sebastian Vettel for Red bull and Lewis Hamilton for McLaren) and at the end Sebastian Vettel emerged the Formula one world champion after winning the race and also became the youngest world champion in the history of Formula One. Red Bull also clinched the constructors’ tittle for that season. In 2011 Bridgestone left Formula one and was replaced by Pirelli, other changes were introduction of movable Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the rear wing and KERs were made compulsory. Vettel who proved to be more relaxed and mature dominated the championship from the beginning till then end securing his second championship title back-to-back at the Japanese Grand Prix and became the youngest Formula One double world champion. Together with a relatively good performance of his team mate, “Mark Webber” Red Bull won the constructors’ championship at the following championship race at South Korea. In 2012 there were changes in the exhaust regulation which was harsh on the performance of Red Bull at the start of the season, but later at Bahrain Vettel was able to get back into form where he finished second to McLaren’s Jenson Button. Vettel’s four consecutive wins at Singapore, Japan, Korea and India gave him the chance to catch up with the other title contenders leaving the world champion to be decided in the final race at Interlagos. Vettel once again won the Formula one world championship for the third consecutive time after finishing sixth in the final race at Interlagos while his close rival, Fernando Alonso finished second but still cannot earn the world title. Vettel then at 25 became the Formula One youngest three time champion and Red Bull continue their reign as they bagged another constructors’ championship that season. The supremacy of the Red Bull in the F1 geared Vettel to another victory at Brazil in 2013 a season where he started his winning streak at Belgium Grand Prix and since then won all the remaining races left in the season. This leads to Vettel’s incredible four consecutive world title and also the fourth consecutive constructors’ title for Red Bull.

2014 Formula one season saw the replacement of the 2.4 litre V8 engines with the 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine. This season brought into remembrance sorrowful incidents in the history of Formula onewhen Jules Bianchi crashes and sustained serious injuries which put him into coma and later died after nine months in coma. As it is known that everything has an end, Sebastian Vettel’s reign came to an end in the 2014 season when Mercedes Benz Driver, Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ championship and his team mate Nico Rosberg also clinching the second position. This helped Mercedes Benz secure their first constructors’ championship.

The 2015 Formula One season featured some drivers movement, Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull to join Ferrari, Fernando Alonso Moved to McLaren but an accident during pre-season testing made him withdraw and to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen who Fernando had initially replaced. Lewis Hamilton was able to defend his world championship securing his second consecutive Formula one drivers’ championship as a driver for Mercedes Benz and the third in total. Nico Rosberg also driving for Mrcedes Benz secured the second position crowning Mercedes Benz as the constructors’ champion for the second time consecutively with a total of 703 points.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher
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Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel
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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
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