Formula 1 Time Line


Click on the years for major events in the Championship year

1950

  • pilot1 The first World Championship for Drivers under the jurisdiction of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) is contested.
  • The World Championship uses cars running to the stipulations laid out in the "Formula One" approved by the FIA in 1947: a maximum capacity of 4,500 cc for unsupercharged engines or 1,500 cc for supercharged engines.
  • First race of the World Championship is the British Grand Prix, on the Silverstone circuit - a former millitary airfield. Giuseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo wins the race.
  • The Indianapolis 500 is included as round in the FIA World Championship.
  • First rear-engined car in a World Championship event makes its appearance at the Grand Prix of Monaco: a Cooper-JAP driven by Harry Schell.
  • Giuseppe Farina is the first World Champion.

1951

  • motor_pilot Scuderia Ferrari, with Argentinian driver Froilan Gonzalez at the wheel, achieve its first victory in a World Championship event, winning the R.A.C. British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio, driving an Alfa Romeo, wins the World Championship.
  • BRM makes its World Championship debut as a constructor.
  • Alfa Romeo withdraws from F1 at the end of the season.

1952

  • moto1 Lack of support for Formula One by race organizers leads to World Championship being run using Formula 2 cars; Formula 2 stipulated a maximum capacity of 2,000 cc unsupercharged.
  • Alberto Ascari, driving an F1 Ferrari, participates in the Indianapolis 500.
  • All rounds in the World Championship, save for the Indianapolis 500, are won by Scuderia Ferrari.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio, as the result of broken neck in a pre-season race at Monza, sits out the season.
  • Alberto Ascari, driving a Ferrari, is World Champion.

1953

  • moto_2First South American round in the World Championship, the Grand Prix of Argentina, is held on the Buenos Aires circuit. The event is so popular, more spectators than the venue could hold show up. Many sit right at the edge of the track, and the inevitable occurs - at least 15 spectators and many others are injured as a result of a crash.
  • Maserati, with Juan Manuel Fangio driving, wins its first World Championship event in the final race of the season at Monza.
  • Formula 2 ends and is not replaced.
  • Alberto Ascari retains the World Championship

1954

  • moto_3New Formula One for Grand Prix cars begins: maximum capacity of 2,500cc for unsupercharged engines and 750cc for supercharged engines.
  • The Maserati 250F makes its Grand Prix debut at the Argentinian Grand Prix.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio wins the first race run to the new formula, the Argentinian Grand Prix.
  • Mercedes-Benz re-enters racing, winning its first event back, the French Grand Prix at Reims.
  • Froilan Gonzalez, driving a Ferrari, defeats Mercedes-Benz at the British Grand Prix.
  • Lancia re-enters Grand Prix racing at the Spanish Grand Prix.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio, driving for both Maserati and Mercedes-Benz, wins the World Championship.

1955

  • moto_4 Alberto Ascari becomes the first driver to plunge into the harbor at Monte Carlo during an event while driving his Lancia. However, days after his crash at Monaco, Ascari is killed when a tyre deflates on the Ferrari sports car he is driving at Monza. As a result of Ascari's death, and increasing financial problems, Lancia withdraws from Grand Prix racing.
  • Bill Vukovich is killed in a crash while leading the Indianapolis 500.
  • Fiat buys the assets of the Lancia Grand Prix team and presents it to Scuderia Ferrari, along with a stipend to support the team.
  • A Mercedes-Benz sports car, driven by Frenchman Pierre Levegh, crashes into a grandstand area in front of the pits at Le Mans, killing 81 spectators and injuring hundreds more. Mercedes-Benz withdraws from the race.
  • moto_5 As a result of the Le Mans accident, the Grands Prix of France, Switzerland and Germany are cancelled, along with many other races; Switzerland bans circuit racing as a result.
  • Stirling Moss wins his first World Championship event, the British Grand Prix at Aintree, while driving a Mercedes-Benz.
  • Mercedes-Benz withdraws from Grand Prix racing at the end of the season.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio wins his third World Championship.

1956

  • moto_6Ferrari use cars received from Lancia as the basis of their team.
  • Vanwall introduce new car with a Colin Chapman designed chassis, and bodywork by Frank Costin.
  • During the Italian Grand Prix, Peter Collins gives his car to Juan Manuel Fangio, forfeiting any opportunity of winning the Championship.
  • Stirling Moss, driving a specially built offset Maserati 250F, wins the Italian Grand Prix.
  • Ferrari experience tyre troubles for most the season with its the Engelbert tyres. Their failure at Monza leads to some spectacular crashes.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio wins his fourth World Championship while driving for Ferrari.  Seizure of Suez Canal in late 1956 results in fuel shortages in Britain and France, and racing is curtailed into the next year.

1957

  • moto_7 Maserati produces a revised 250F and Juan Manuel Fangio returns to the team.
  • A Vanwall, shared by Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss, gives Britain its first win by a British constructor by winning the British Grand Prix at Aintree.
  • Fangio has what he describes as his greatest drive during the German Grand Prix.
  • Pescara, the longest circuit ever used for a Championship event (25.5 km), hosts its only Championship Grand Prix.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio wins his fifth World Championship.

1958

  • moto_8 The Grand Prix formula, now extended to the end of 1960, now stipulates the use of AvGas in the place of alcohol fuels and reduces the length of Championship events from 500 km or three hours to 300 km or two hours.
  •  At the season-opening Argentinian Grand Prix, Stirling Moss gives Cooper its first win in a World Championship event and is also the first Championship win for a rear-engined car, a private entrant (Rob Walker), and the Coventry Climax engine.
  • Maurice Trintignant, using the same Cooper-Climax as Moss at the Argentinian Grand Prix, wins the second consecutive Championship race for the Rob Walker team, the Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Juan Manuel Fangio, at the wheel of a Maserati, runs his final World Championship event, the French Grand Prix at Reims.
  • Luigi Musso is killed during the French Grand Prix when his Ferrari crashes.
  • Peter Collins is killed during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring when his Ferrari crashes and hits a tree.
  • Stuart Lewis-Evans dies from injuries and burns received while crashing during the final Championship event of the season, the Grand Prix of Morocco at Casablanca.
  • Mike Hawthorn wins the World Championship by a margin of one point over Stirling Moss.
  • Vanwall wins the first Manufacturers' Championship, but withdraws from Grand Prix racing.
  • World Champion Mike Hawthorn retires from racing.

1959

  • moto_10 Mike Hawthorn dies in a road accident.
  • Rear-engined Grand Prix cars begin to replace the front-engined cars on the starting grids.
  •  Jack Brabham wins his first Championship event, the Grand Prix of Monaco.
  • Stirling Moss is now driving for private entrant Rob Walker.
  • The German Grand Prix is held for the first and only time at the AVUS circuit in Berlin and is run in two heats.
  • Jean Behra is killed when his car crashes during a support race for the German Grand Prix.
  • Bruce McLaren becomes the youngest driver to win a Championship event when he triumphs at the United States Grand Prix at Sebring.
  • Jack Brabham wins his first World Championship.
  • Cooper-Climax wins the Manufacturers' Championship.

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1960

  • moto_11 Stirling Moss scores first ever win for Lotus when he wins the Monaco Grand Prix driving Rob Walker's Lotus 18.
  •  Jim Clark makes Formula One debut driving works Lotus at the Dutch Grand Prix.
  • Tragic Belgian Grand Prix cost the lives of two promising young British drivers, Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey. Stirling Moss breaks both legs in practice accident.
  • Italian Grand Prix is held on the Monza banked track, British teams boycott the race on safety grounds. Ferrari score hollow victory - the last ever front engined Formula One win.
  • Jack Brabham successfully defends his world drivers' title driving a Cooper-Climax.

1961

  • moto_12 Start of 1.5-litre engine formula.
  • Stirling Moss wins an epic Monaco Grand Prix driving outdated Lotus 18.
  • Ferrari dominate season with the classic "sharknosed" rear engined car.
  • Giancarlo Baghetti wins the French race for Ferrari at Reims, the only driver to win a Grand Prix on debut to this day.
  • Wolfgang von Trips and twelve spectators are killed at the title deciding Italian Grand Prix. Phil Hill becomes the first ever American world champion in his Ferrari.
  • Innes Ireland scores first ever official Team lotus win at American Grand Prix, he is sacked just weeks later.

1962

  • moto_13 Stirling Moss suffers career-ending crash at pre-season Goodwood meeting driving Rob Walker's Lotus.
  • British teams commence long period Formula One domination. Graham Hill wins Dutch Grand Prix for BRM. Tabloid Daily Express headline reads, "its V8 for victory"·
  • Lotus introduce ground-breaking new model, the 25, with a monocoque chassis making the standard space frame designs obsolete overnight.
  • Jim Clark scores first ever win at Belgian Grand Prix.
  • Porsche score maiden Formula One win when Dan Gurney takes French Grand Prix at Rouen.
  • Jack Brabham enters German Grand Prix with a car of his own construction. ·  Graham Hill wins world title driving for BRM.

1963

  • moto_14 Porsche withdraws from Grand Prix racing.
  •   Graham Hill wins the first of his five Monaco victories.
  • John Surtees scores his first ever championship victory for Ferrari when he wins theGerman Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
  • Jim Clark totally dominates the season scoring seven wins to secure his first world drivers' championship.


1964

  • moto_15 Dan Gurney repeats his earlier feat for Porsche when he scores Brabham's first ever win at the French Grand Prix at Rouen.
  •  Jim Clark wins the first ever Grand Prix to be held at Brands Hatch.
  • Honda's RA271 makes low key debut at the German Grand Prix with inexperienced American Ronnie Bucknum at the wheel. He is running in eleventh place when he crashes out four laps from the end.
  • Jochen Rindt makes Grand Prix debut driving Rob Walker's Brabham-BRM in the inaugural Austrian Grand Prix held at the Zeltweg airfield circuit. Lorenzo Bandini wins to score his sole Formula One victory.
  • John Surtees secures the drivers' title and so becomes the first (and only) man ever to win world titles on both two and four wheels.

1965

  • moto_16 Jackie Stewart makes Grand Prix debut for the BRM team. He finishes sixth in his first race (South Africa) and scores his maiden win at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
  • Team Lotus miss the Monaco Grand Prix to concentrate on the Indianapolis 500. Jim Clark wins and scores first ever rear engined victory at the Brickyard.
  • Richie Ginther wins the Mexican Grand Prix to give Honda its first ever Formula One victory. It is also tyre supplier Goodyear's first ever win.
  • Jim Clark and Team Lotus are totally dominant all year and Clark secures his second (and last) world drivers' crown.

1966

  • moto_17 Start of the 3-litre engine formula.
  • BRM produce their H16 engine. It proves to be heavy and complicated and ironically scores its one and only victory in the back of Jim Clark's Lotus at the US Grand Prix.
  • Jackie Stewart is trapped in his car after crashing out of the rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix. This experience would lead him to commence his safety campaign that would eventually transform the sport's attitude to all aspects of driver safety.
  • Jack Brabham wins the French Grand Prix at Reims to become the first driver to score a race win in a car bearing his own name. He would go on to secure his third world drivers' title.
  • Bruce McLaren forms his own team. The first McLaren is powered by a Ford engine and is not successful.
  • Dan Gurney joins the growing band of driver-constructors forming his All American Racers team which produces the Eagle Formula One car.

1967

  • moto_18 Italian Lorenzo Bandini dies of the injuries he received after crashing whilst leading the Monaco Grand Prix in his Ferrari.
  • The ground-breaking Lotus 49 wins on debut at the Dutch Grand Prix with Jim Clark at the wheel. The car is powered by the Ford-financed Cosworth-built Double Four Valve (DFV) engine.
  • Honda scores their first ever 3-litre formula win at the Italian Grand Prix. John Surtees is at the wheel.
  •   First ever Canadian Grand Prix is held at Mosport park. Brabhams finish first and second.
  • New Zealander Denny Hulme wins world drivers' crown in a Brabham.

1968

  • man_1 Sponsorship makes its first appearance in Formula One. It is the end of the era of national racing colours.
  • Wings appear on Grand Prix cars for the first time to aid down force. The DFV engine is now available to all.
  •  Jim Clark is killed in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim in Germany. The greatest driver of his era is lost to the sport. BRM Formula One driver Mike Spence is also killed at Indianapolis.
  • McLaren scores its first ever Formula One win at the Belgian Grand Prix with team founder Bruce McLaren in the cockpit.
  • Jackie Stewart leaves BRM to join Ken Tyrrell. This partnership would win three drivers' titles over the next six years.
  • Graham Hill in a Lotus wins his second drivers' title.

 

 

 

1969

  •   The DFV powered teams dominate. The Cooper-Maserati and Eagle-Weslake teams withdraw from Formula One.
  •   Four Wheel drive is tried by Matra, Lotus and McLaren, but it is not a success.
  •   Piers Courage finished second at Monaco driving a Brabham entered by Frank Williams.
  •   Jackie Stewart wins his first drivers' title.

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1970

  • moto_19 Jack Brabham wins the South African Grand Prix. By the end of the season, he would retire from F1.
  • March and Team Surtees debut.
  • Jackie Stewart wins first Grand Prix for March at Jarama, Spain.
  • The wedge-shaped Lotus 72, with side-mounted radiators, makes its debut. Jochen Rindt drives the car to its first victory at the Dutch GP.
  • Pedro Rodriguez wins the last Belgian Grand Prix at the original Spa-Francorchamps for BRM. This is also Dunlop's last victory.
  • Piers Courage burns to death in Williams/de Tomaso at the Dutch Grand Prix.
  • Bruce McLaren is killed at Goodwood while testing a Can-Am car.
  • Jochen Rindt wins German Grand Prix at Hockenheim while Armco barriers are installed at the Nurburgring.
  • Jacky Ickx wins the first Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring.
  • Tyrrell makes its F1 debut at Mont Tremblant, Canada.
  • Jochen Rindt is killed during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. He later becomes the first posthumous Formula One Champion.
  • Emerson Fittipaldi scores his first victory, at the US Grand Prix.

1971

  • Mario Andretti scores his maiden victory, winning the South African Grand Prix for Ferrari.
  • man_2The Belgian and Mexican Grands Prix are dropped from the calendar due to safety problems.
  • Jackie Stewart scores the first Grand Prix victory for Tyrrell at Jarama.
  • Pedro Rodriguez is killed in sports car race.
  • The French Grand Prix moves to Paul Ricard and the Canadian Grand Prix moves to Mosport Park. Stewart wins both those races.
  • Niki Lauda makes low key debut in privately owned March at the Austrian Grand Prix.
  • Peter Gethin wins Italian Grand Prix by 0.01s from Ronnie Peterson - the narrowest winning margin to this day.
  • Fittipaldi races gas-turbine Lotus 56B "in disguise" as World Wide Racing.
  • Jackie Stewart wins the World Championship for the second time.
  • For the first time since 1960, Lotus fail to score a single race win the entire season.
  • Jo Siffert dies from smoke inhalation in non-Championship race at Brands Hatch.

1972

  • man_3 Bernie Ecclestone takes over Brabham.
  • Team Lotus run for the first time in the black livery of John Player Specials - or JPS, as the cars would soon come to be called.
  • The Argentinian Grand Prix returns to the calendar, where Jackie Stewart takes the win.
  • Jean-Pierre Beltoise wins the last victory for BRM at a rain-soaked Monaco GP.
  • The Belgian Grand Prix moves to Nivelles, where Emerson Fittipaldi grabs the win.
  • Chicanes are added to Monza.
  • Jo Bonnier is killed at Le Mans.
  • Fittipaldi wins the Italian Grand Prix to become the youngest ever Formula One Champion, at 25. This win is also Firestone's last victory.

1973

  • Shadow make its Grand Prix debut.
  •  Ex-champion Graham Hill sets up his own Embassy racing team.
  • moto_20McLaren introduce their classic M23 design that would race in various forms for the next six seasons.
  • The Ford DFV engine wins every Grand Prix of the season.
  • Local hero Emerson Fittipaldi wins at Interlagos in the return of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • At the South African Grand Prix, Mike Hailwood saves Clay Regazzoni's life by pulling him from his burning BRM. Hailwood is later awarded for this the George Medal for valour.
  • The Belgian Grand Prix moves to Zolder, where Tyrrell grabs a one-two victory.
  • Denny Hulme wins at Anderstorp in the return of the Swedish Grand Prix.
  • As Jody Scheckter spins at the start of the British Grand Prix, a massive collision of over a dozen cars occurs at the Woodcote corner. Andrea de Adamich is the only casualty, but 9 drivers fail to take the restart.
  • Roger Williamson burns to death at the Dutch GP in his March 731. David Purley attempts to save Williamson's life, for which he is awarded the George Medal.
  • German Grand Prix is Stewart's 27th and last Grand Prix victory. He becomes the champion for a third time but withdraws from the US Grand Prix after Francois Cevert is killed during qualifying.
  • The pace car is used for first time in Formula One during the Canadian Grand Prix.

1974

  • moto_21Niki Lauda joins Ferrari.
  • Lord Hesketh builds his own Formula One car designed by Harvey Postlethwaite; James Hunt is the driver.
  • Carlos Reutemann wins the first Grand Prix for Ecclestone's Brabham in South Africa.
  • Penske team make Grand Prix debut in Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Peter Revson is killed during testing.
  • Mike Hailwood retires from racing after suffering injuries at a crash in the German Grand Prix.
  • Emerson Fittipaldi wins the championship for the second time with McLaren.
  • Helmuth Koinigg is killed at Watkins Glen during the US Grand Prix.
  • Denny Hulme retires from Formula One.

 

 

 

1975

  • moto_22 Brazilian Carlos Pace wins his only victory, and of all places - at Interlagos, in the Brazilian Grand Prix, with compatriot Emerson Fittipaldi making it a 1-2 for Brazil.
  • The Brazilian Grand Prix is Graham Hill's 176th and last race. Later that year, he and Tony Brise, together with other team members, are killed when a plane Hill is piloting crashes whilst attempting to land in fog.
  • Jochen Mass wins the last Spanish Grand Prix to be held at Montjuich Park. The race, however, turns tragic as five spectators are killed when Rolf Stommelen's Hill-Ford crashes into the crowd.
  • James Hunt scores the first and only win for Hesketh, at the Dutch Grand Prix.
  • Mark Donohue dies from head injuries sustained during practice at the Austrian Grand Prix, where Vittorio Brambilla crashes after winning.
  • Niki Lauda wins his first championship, with Ferrari.

1976

  • fire_image Ligier enters Formula One.
  • Clay Regazzoni wins the first US-West Grand Prix at Long Beach.
  • Tyrrell introduces a 6-wheel car.
  • Niki Lauda is severely burned in a fiery accident at the Nurburgring. Amazingly, he returns to race at the Italian Grand Prix just weeks after his crash.
  • John Watson wins the first and only win for Penske, at the Austrian Grand Prix, where the Hella-Licht chicane is added to the Osterreichring.
  • Under appalling conditions, Mario Andretti wins the first Japanese Grand Prix.
  • ssJames Hunt is the world champion, driving for McLaren.

1977

  • Patrick Head joins Frank Williams' team.
  • The Lotus 78 Ground-Effects car is introduced.
  • Jody Scheckter wins at Argentina in the first Grand Prix of the Wolf-Ford.
  • moto_23 Carlos Pace is killed in an air-crash.
  • Tom Pryce is killed after hitting a track marshall at the South African Grand Prix. This is also the last race for the BRM team.
  • Jody Scheckter scores the 100th Grand Prix victory for the Ford DFV engine, at Monaco.
  • Jacques Laffite scores the first Grand Prix victory for Ligier-Matra in Sweden.
  • Renault's RS01, the first turbo powered car, makes its debut at the British Grand Prix.
  • Lauda scores Goodyear's 100th Grand Prix victory at Hockenheim, the new home of the German Grand Prix.
  • Alan Jones scores his own and Shadow's first Grand Prix victory at Austria.
  • Spectators are killed when Gilles Villenueve's Ferrari crashes during the Japanese Grand Prix.
  • Niki Lauda is the world champion for the second time.
  • March withdraws from Formula One.

1978

  • moto_24The Japanese Grand Prix is dropped from the calendar due to safety reasons.
  • Michelin enters Formula One. Ferrari's Carlos Reutemann will score its first victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Professor Sid Watkins is appointed Medical Director of FISA.
  • Arrows enter Formula One and nearly wins the South African Grand Prix, where Riccardo Patrese led most of the race, but retired due to mechanical failure.
  • Williams team introduces their first own car, the FW06. Alan Jones would be the team's number one driver.
  • Ronnie Peterson wins his last race at Austria; he later dies from injuries inflicted at a crash in the Italian Grand Prix. In that incident, Vittorio Brambilla sustains a head injury.
  • Folllowing the Italian Grand Prix, a new safety measure is introduced to F1: medical cars follow Formula One cars on the formation lap of every Grand Prix, in order to improve reaction time in case of a first lap accident. However, on its debut at Watkins Glen, the medical car hits the kerb and lifts off in the air. No one is hurt.
  • Renault enters a turbo-charged all-French car at Kyalami.
  • Niki Lauda wins the last Swedish Grand Prix with the controversial Brabham BT46B "Fan Car".
  •  Gilles Villeneuve grabs his first Grand Prix victory as the Canadian Grand Prixmoves to Montreal.
  • Mario Andretti is the world champion for Lotus, after winning six Grands Prix in that season.
  • Team Surtees leaves F1.

1979

  • moto_25 The Monaco Grand Prix is James Hunt's last race.
  • One of the best races ever takes place at Dijon-Prenois, France, where Jean-Pierre Jabouille wins Renault's first Grand Prix while Gilles Villeneuve holds second by 0.24s after a fierce battle with Rene Arnoux.
  • Clay Regazzoni scores Williams' first Grand Prix victory at Silverstone.
  • Jody Scheckter wins the last drivers' world champion for Ferrari until 2000.
  • Jackie Ickx and Wolf team retire from Formula One.

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1980

  • The battle to control Grand Prix racing erupts between the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) and the Federation Internationale Sportive Automobile (FISA). Its eventual resolution by an agreement known as the Concorde Agreement saw Bernie Ecclestone and FOCA win control of the commercial aspects of Formula One, a situation that continues to this day.moto_26
  • Alain Prost has his first race in a McLaren at Argentina.
  • Nelson Piquet wins his first Grand Prix at Long Beach.
  • The Spanish Grand Prix, won by Alan Jones is removed from calendar during the FISA / FOCA wars.
  • Patrick Depailler is killed in a testing accident at Hockenheim just prior to the German Grand Prix.
  • Reserve Lotus driver, Nigel Mansell, makes his Grand Prix debut at the Osterreichring, Austria.
  • Imola hosts its first Grand Prix, temporarily replacing Monza as 1980 Italian Grand Prix venue while Monza is upgraded.
  •  Australia's Alan Jones wins the world championship, a first for Williams.

1981

  • moto_27Ron Dennis takes over McLaren, and the team debuts a carbon fibre chassis designed by John Barnard.
  • The season opening South African GP, won by Carlos Reutemann, is removed from the calendar after the race is boycotted by FISA loyal teams over its decision to ban skirts.
  • After the innovative twin-chassis Lotus 88 is banned by officials at Long Beach, Colin Chapman threatens to pull Lotus out of Formula One and boycotts the new San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
  • In his last race for Williams Alan Jones dominates the first Las Vegas Grand Prix, held in the vast car parks of Las Vegas casinos.
  • Mike Hailwood is killed in a road accident.
  • Brazilian Nelson Piquet wins his first world championship for Brabham, with Constructors title to Williams.

1982

  • man_4 Niki Lauda returns from retirement to join McLaren.
  • After the introduction of the Super Licence for Formula One drivers, the drivers protest the restrictions of new licence by going on strike before the South African Grand Prix.
  • BMW debut their turbo engine in the Brabham.
  • The FOCA teams boycott the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, leaving Didier Pironi to win in a field of 14 cars.
  • Canadian Gilles Villeneuve is killed during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, after he lost control of his Ferrari due to contact with the March of Jochen Mass.
  • Riccardo Paletti's Osella crashes into the stalled Ferrari of Didier Pironi during the start of the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. Paletti succumbs to his injuries.
  • Didier Pironi is seriously injured after a collision with the Renault of Alain Prost in pouring rain, during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, after setting Pole Position.
  • Keke Rosberg wins Williams' second drivers title, Ferrari the constructors.
  • Colin Chapman, Lotus founder and Formula One's most innovative designer, dies of a heart attack.

1983

  • moto_28Spirit debut the new Honda turbo engine at the British Grand Prix.
  • The first race is held at the reborn Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Michele Alboreto's Tyrrell wins the 155th and last win for the Cosworth DFR/DFY engine at the United States Grand Prix at Detroit.
  • A first appearance of the TAG-Porsche turbo with McLaren at the Dutch Grand Prix.
  • Nelson Piquet wins Brabham's last and BMW's only world championship. Ferrari retain the constructors championship for the last time until 1999.

1984

  • man_5Ayrton Senna makes his F1 debut at Jacarepagua, Brazil.
  • Senna almost wins the Monaco Grand Prix in poor weather. Prost wins after race declared early.
  • One-off race held in Dallas, Texas, is marred by severe circuit break-up problems.
  • First race composed entirely of turbo charged cars is held at the Osterreichring for the Austrian Grand Prix.
  • Tyrrell is disqualified for the entire 1984 season after allegations of infringements with water tanks, ballast and undertray.
  • Formula One returns to Portugal for the first time since 1960 at the Estoril circuit.
  • Niki Lauda wins his third world title by half a point from McLaren teammate Alain Prost.

1985

  • Minardi make their Formula One debut.
  • In only his 16th Formula One race, Ayrton Senna wins the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.
  • moto_29Nigel Mansell wins his first race, the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
  • French teams Renault and Ligier boycott the South African Grand Prix at the request of the French government, in protest over the South African's Apartheid.
  • The First Australian Grand Prix is won by Keke Rosberg.
  • Renault and Alfa Romeo retire from Formula One as teams. Their engines continue in use for another year.
  • Benetton commence involvement with the Toleman team, first as sponsor (it was sponsor before to Alfa Romeo and to Tyrrell). But, in no time, the Clothing giant would purchase Toleman and enter the 1986 championship as 'Benetton Grand Prix'.
  • Triple world champion Niki Lauda retires from Formula One.
  • Alain Prost becomes the first Frenchman to win the Drivers' Championship.

1986

  • moto_30Williams team principal, Frank Williams, is paralyzed in a road accident driving back from a Williams test at Paul Ricard.
  • Ayrton Senna beats Nigel Mansell by the smallest margin in the digital timing era, at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez (0.014 seconds)
  • Elio de Angelis is killed in a private Brabham testing session at Paul Ricard.
  • Jacques Laffite equals Graham Hill's record for most Grand Prix starts (176) at the British Grand Prix, but during the start crashes, breaking his legs and pelvis, ending his career.
  • Gerhard Berger takes his and Benetton's first win in Formula One at the Mexican Grand Prix. It is also BMW's last Grand Prix win.
  • The Hungarian Grand Prix becomes the first Formula One race to be held behind the 'Iron Curtain'.
  • Alan Jones and Keke Rosberg retire from Formula One.
  • Alain Prost wins the Australian Grand Prix and becomes the first back to back World Champion since Jack Brabham in 1960. Williams wins the constructors title.

1987

  • Lotus and Williams experiment with active ride suspension, while Honda extends its engine supply to Lotus.
  • moto_31 A messy last race is held at the Osterreichring, where Nigel Mansell wins after two start-line pile-ups and a chequered flag shown a lap late. Earlier, Stefan Johansson struck a deer in practice.
  • Alain Prost breaks Jackie Stewart's record for most Grand Prix wins (28) after winning the Portuguese Grand Prix.
  • Ex-Ferrari driver Didier Pironi is killed in a powerboat racing accident.
  • Adrian Newey is appointed the technical director of March.
  • Formula One returns to Japan for the first time since 1977 for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
  • The FIA announce change to engine regulations with turbos to have pop-off valves for the 1988 season, to reduce power, then to be banned in 1989 in favour of 3.5 litre naturally aspirated engines with a limit of 12 cylinders.
  • Nelson Piquet wins his third world championship for Williams. Jonathan Palmer wins the Jim Clark Cup for naturally aspirated engined cars.

1988

  • moto_32 Benetton and Williams lead the change to non-turbo engined cars.
  • Nigel Mansell misses several races through illness.
  • Gerhard Berger takes an emotional win in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza - the only non-McLaren win of the season - shortly after Enzo Ferrari died, at the age of 90.
  • Ayrton Senna's eighth win of the year at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka is a new record for a driver in a single season. McLaren dominate, winning 15 of 16 races.
  • Ayrton Senna wins his first world championship.

1989

  • Phillippe Strieff is crippled in a pre-season testing accident for AGS.
  • moto_33Renault return to Formula One as engine suppliers to Williams.
  • Formula One reaches a peak in involvement, with 39 cars competing for most of the season.
  • Riccardo Patrese breaks Graham Hill and Jacques Laffite's record for most starts at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Former Ferrari and Honda driver Richie Ginther dies of a heart attack, at the age of 59.
  • Alain Prost wins his third world championship after a controversial collision with his teammate Senna in Japan ensures Prost's title.

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1990

  • Ayrton Senna's super licence is initially refused after the crash in Japan the previous year.
  • Adrian Newey joins Williams in mid-year as the team's aerodynamics specialist. Later he would be made chief designer and his cars would dominate all through the nineties.
  • moto_34Rookie Jean Alesi leads half the race in Phoenix in a Tyrrell.
  • Alain Prost wins Mexican Grand Prix from 13th on the grid.
  • Ivan Capelli and Leyton House almost win at Paul Ricard after failing to qualify in previous round.
  • Nigel Mansell announces retirement after his car fails at the British Grand Prix while leading.
  • Martin Donnelly miraculously escapes death in practice crash at Jerez.
  • Alessandro Nannini is injured in a helicopter accident, and never races in Formula One again.
  • Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost clash again in Japan, Senna the controversial champion as both are out of the race after the first corner.
  • The 500th Formula One Grand Prix is held in Adelaide.

1991

  • Nigel Mansell un-retires and returns to Williams.
  • Mika Hakkinen makes his Formula One debut at Phoenix.
  • Jordan team make Grand Prix debut. The Jordan 191 is powered by the Ford HB engine and the team finishes 5th with 13 points in its debut year.
  • TWR boss Tom Walkinshaw becomes technical director of Benetton, following John Barnard's departure.
  • man_6Ayrton Senna starts season with four wins in a row. He rolls in Mexico practice after trying to take the Peralta corner in sixth gear instead of fifth, and later runs out of fuel in two consecutive races.
  • Michael Schumacher makes his Formula One debut at Spa in a Jordan, where he qualifies an impressive 7th only to retire right at the start of the race. By the next race, however, he appears driving for Benetton.
  • Nigel Mansell is disqualified in Portugal after a wheel change fiasco.
  • Ayrton Senna slates FIA President Jean-Marie Balestre after clinching the title in Suzuka.
  • The Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide is stopped after 14 laps due to torrential rain - making it the shortest race in F1 history.
  • Alain Prost is dropped by Ferrari after criticising the team.
  • McLaren win their seventh title in eight years while the Honda engine makes it the fifth in a row.
  • Mercedes-Benz reveal C291 sports car, it is the first step in the German giant's return to top level motor racing.
  • Triple World Champion Nelson Piquet retires.
  • Max Mosley is appointed the head of FISA, defeating Jean-Marie Balestre who ends a 13 year tenure.

1992

  • moto_35 Williams re-introduce active suspension. The car is often in a race of its own.
  • Nigel Mansell wins first five races in a row, setting a new record.
  • For the first time in Formula One, the safety car is used at the British GP as a means of allowing the race to continue at a reduced pace in the event of a serious accident.
  • Ayrton Senna wins in Hungary, but Nigel is crowned champion giving Renault its first title.
  • Mansell also sets a new season win record of nine wins, and retires again to join American CART racing.
  • The Hungarian Grand Prix sees the last appearance of the Brabham team.
  • Michael Schumacher scores his first win at Spa in variable weather conditions.
  • Giovanna Amati becomes the first women to appear on the entry list for a Formula One Grand Prix since Lella Lombardi drove for March in the mid seventies. She fails man_7in her attempts to qualify for the early season races and is replaced by Damon Hill for the Spanish GP.
  • 1967 world champion Denny Hulme dies from an apparent heart attack whilst driving a BMW M3 in the Bathurst 1000 km touring car race.
  • Honda withdraws from Formula One.
  • Ayrton Senna tests Penske-Chevrolet Indy car at America's Firebird Raceway.

 





1993

  • moto_36FISA is abolished. All motor sport activities now come directly under the FIA, where Max Mosley is elected to the presidency unchallenged.
  • Alain Prost returns to Formula One with Williams, where he is joined by Williams test driver Damon Hill, son of Graham.
  • Ayrton Senna wins European Grand Prix at Donington by more than a minute despite changing conditions. He goes on to take his fifth consecutive win at Monaco, making six wins in total for Senna in Monaco.
  • Damon Hill scores three consecutive wins after retiring from the lead in earlier races.
  • Ayrton Senna punches debutante Eddie Irvine in Japan after disagreement.
  • McLaren pass Ferrari in Grand Prix wins.
  • Alain Prost retires as champion, with the most wins, fastest laps, points and second only to Fangio with 4 championships.
  • James Hunt, 1976 world champion and BBC race commentator, dies from a heart attack at his London home.
  • Innes Ireland, winner of Team Lotus' first ever Grand Prix, dies from cancer.

1994

  • Mercedes-Benz steps up F1 involvement, funding the Sauber team and taking a 25% stake in engine builder Ilmor.
  • Team Lotus is sold to a court-appointed administrator, the Australian GP would be the teams last race.
  • Ayrton Senna joins the Williams team and is considered the safest bet for the championship.
  • moto_37Refueling returns, while traction control and active suspension are banned.
  • The blackest weekend of the decade at Imola sees Rubens Barrichello crash in Friday practice at Imola, lightly injured; Simtek's Roland Ratzenberger is killed in the Saturday practice, after crashing at Villeneuve corner; JJ Lehto and Pedro Lamy crash, sending debris into the crowd and injuring eight people; and, less than two laps after the restart, Ayrton Senna is killed after going off at Tamburello.
  • Karl Wendlinger is in a coma after crashing at Monaco, leading to rule changes.
  • Damon Hill wins emotional Spanish GP for Williams, while Michael Schumacher finishes second after spending more than half the race stuck in fifth gear.
  • Michael Schumacher overlaps Damon Hill twice during the formation lap of the British GP, then ignores a black flag and eventually receives a two race ban.
  • moto_38Gerhard Berger breaks long Ferrari victory drought in Germany, while Jos Verstappen's Benetton bursts into flame while refuelling. Mika Hakkinen is given a one race ban for starting an eleven car crash.
  • Michael Schumacher wins in Belgium only to be disqualified for an undersize plank which is found to be too worn.
  • Damon Hill wins the race of his life in wet Japan to close up the title battle.
  • Going into the final race of the season, Michael Schumacher with a one point lead controversially collides with Damon Hill, taking the two out. Schumacher is the first German world champion.

1995

  • McLaren begin partnership with the Mercedes-Benz funded Ilmor engine builder.
  • Bernie Ecclestone makes it onto the Sunday Times 'rich list' in 196th place.
  • Michael Schumacher wins from David Coulthard in Brazil, but both are disqualified due to 'illegal' fuel. Appeal sees both reinstated but the teams lose the points.moto39
  • Nigel Mansell ends his Formula One season with McLaren after "giving up" during the Spanish GP.
  • Emotional Jean Alesi wins Canadian Grand Prix - his first and only GP win.
  • Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher collide again at the British Grand Prix fighting for the lead, allowing Johnny Herbert to take his first GP win.
  • Michael Schumacher wins Belgian Grand Prix from 16th on the grid in changing conditions, and once again is involved in contact with Damon Hill. They will collide, again, in Monza.Michael Schumacher wins his second title, with Benetton clinching their first and only constructors' title.
  • Mika Hakkinen is severely injured in a qualifying crash in Australia, which Damon Hill wins by two laps after David Coulthard crashes into pit wall while leading.

1996

  • Michael Schumacher joins Ferrari, having signed a multi-year contract with the Italian team for a reputed annual fee of US$25 Million (later to be raised to US$31). He becomes the first motor racing star to enter the Top 10 wealthiest athletes in the world, second only to basketball star Michael Jordan in overall annual income.
  • McLaren announce the end of the longest sponsorship association, with Marlboro, signing instead with with West.man8
  • Reigning CART champion Jacques Villeneuve joins Williams, grabbing pole position on his F1 debut at the new Australian GP venue in Melbourne. He later wins his first race at Nurburgring.
  • Olivier Panis scores shock win in Monte Carlo, after Michael Schumacher crashes on opening lap after being on pole and Damon Hill suffers an engine failure while leading.
  • Michael Schumacher scores dominant first win in recalcitrant Ferrari in Spanish rain.
  • Renault and Elf announce departure from Formula One at the end of 1997.
  • Bernie Ecclestone launches digital TV at the British GP at Silverstone. The service would commence live coverage at the German race two weeks later. Swipe cards are also introduced to control entry to the F1 paddock.
  • Williams sacks Damon Hill just before Monza, despite Hill's success.
  • Damon Hill wins World Championship in Suzuka and becomes the first son of a World Champion to grab the title himself.
  • Tom Walkinshaw buys Arrows Formula One team.
  • Legendary motor sports journalist Denis Jenkinson dies after suffering a stroke.

1997

  • Adria Newey leaves Williams and joins rivals McLaren as technical director.
  • Stewart-Ford enter Grand Prix racing under the chairmanship of three time champion Jackie Stewart. The team vows to win a World Championship in five years, and promises to run a tobacco-free sponsored car.
  • The Michael Schumacher-Ross Brawn-Rory Byrne combination is reunited when Brawnand Byrne joins Ferrari as technical director and chief designer.
  • Damon Hill ends up at Arrows, and retires on the formation lap at the first race.
  • Senna trial begins. Five principals from the Williams team, including Frank Williams, Adrian Newey and Patrick Head, are charged with manslaughter.moto_40
  •  Bridgestone enters Formula One supplying just under half the teams.
  • Olivier Panis shatters legs in crash at Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Gerhard Berger misses three races with sinus trouble, but returns to win in Germany. After the race, he announces his retirement from F1 at the end of the season.
  • Damon Hill almost wins in Hungary, but electrical problems see Jacques Villeneuve pass him on the final lap.
  • Prodrive boss Dave Richards replaced the flamboyant Flavio Briatore in charge of the Benetton team as of the Luxembourg GP.
  • Jacques Villeneuve is banned from Japanese Grand Prix after several yellow-flag infringements, while Michael Schumacher wins to set up a showdown in Jerez.
  • moto_41 First three drivers clock exactly the same time in qualifying for final race at Jerez. Michael Schumacher leads until Jacques Villeneuve makes a move down the inside at a hairpin, and Schumacher turns in on Villeneuve, damaging Villeneuve's car and putting himself out. Mika Hakkinen scores his maiden win in dubious circumstances, as Villeneuve is crowned the World Champion.
  • Michael Schumacher is disqualified from the 1997 championship, but retains his wins and points. Williams and McLaren are cleared of allegations that they colluded the results of the Jerez GP.
  • At Senna trial, all the accused are cleared.
  • Goodyear announce they are leaving F1 after 1998.
  • Ken Tyrrell sells his racing outfit to what would become in 1999 a new team - British American Racing - run by Craig Pollock, Jacques Villeneuve's former manager, and financed by British American Tobacco.

1998

  • Dr Ferdinand 'Ferry' Porsche dies.
  • FIA introduce new rules mandating narrower track and grooved tyres.
  • David Coulthard lets Mika Hakkinen win in Australia, later revealing the two had a prior agreement that whoever reaches the first corner first would win the race.
  • McLaren's 'turning' brake is banned but has little effect on speed.
  • Sidepod 'X-wings' banned despite being used for a year.
  • Ford buys long-time engine partner Cosworth from German car maker Audi.moto_43
  • Michael Schumacher wins in rain-soaked Britain, despite crossing the finish line in pitlane taking a stop-go penalty.
  • Schumacher also wins in Hungary after running almost at qualifying speed for 25 laps.
  • Jordan finish 1-2 in Belgium to take their first win, but controversy erupts after Michael Schumacher collides with David Coulthard while lapping him, Schumacher being restrained when both drivers returned to pit lane.
  • Mika Hakkinen wins his first championship in the final race of the year at Suzuka.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces the construction of a road course within its famous 2.5 Mile Oval track. The Inaugural race is scheduled for September 2000.

1999

  • Frank Williams is knighted in the British New Year's Honours list for his success in Formula One.
  • Eddie Irvine scores his first win at Australia.
  • Long time Formula One designer, Dr Harvey Postlethwaite, dies of a heart attack while observing a test session for Honda. Following his death, Honda ditches plans to return to Formula One as a team and instead signs a contract to supply BAR with engines as of the 2000 season.moto_42
  • Michael Schumacher breaks his leg in a first lap accident at the British Grand Prix. He would miss the next seven races, leaving Eddie Irvine to mount the Ferrari title challenge, with Mika Salo as Schumacher's replacement.
  • Ford buys StewartGrandPrix team. DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes owner, buys stakes in McLaren to further consolidate its partnership.
  • Eddie Irvine wins Austrian Grand Prix after Mika Hakkinen is punted by teammate David Coulthard on the opening lap, Hakkinen recovering to third.
  • Herbert wins dramatic Stewart 1-3, giving the Stewart-Ford team its first win, at the European Grand Prix.
  • Michael Schumacher returns from injury with pole in Malaysia, and hands win to Irvine. But Ferrari is disqualified for illegal barge boards, however is reinstated after a controversial appeal.
  • Bernie Ecclestone sells 50% of his shares in Formula One management to Deutsche Bank's Morgan Grenfell Private Equity in a deal worth $1.3 billion.
  • Mika Hakkinen clinches his second successive title. Ferrari win constructors' title, their first in 16 years.

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2000

  • The 2000 Formula One season was the 51st FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • Michael Schumacher became Ferrari's first World Drivers Champion for 21 years. Schumacher clinched the drivers' title at the penultimate race of the season, the Japanese G
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  • Ferrari also successfully defended their constructors' title.
  • The season was marred by one death: a race marshall was killed at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The marshall was struck by a loose tyre from one of the Jordans.
  • Michael Schumacher considered quitting the sport as this was the first death in F1 since driver Ayrton Senna's in 1994.
  • To keep costs down, the V10 engine configuration was made mandatory in 2000 so that engine builders would not develop and experiment with other configurations. The V10 configuration had been the most popular since the banning of turbocharged engines in 1989, and no other configuration had been used since 1998.

2001

  • The 2001 Formula One season was the 52nd FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • Michael Schumacher won the title with a record margin of 58 points, after achieving nine victories and five second places.
  • The season also marked the reintroduction of traction control, with the FIA permitting its use starting at the Spanish Grand Prix. Traction control had been banned since 1994.
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  • 2001 was a year of beginnings and ends in Formula One. In the form of Minardi’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Kimi Räikkönen, two future world champions were taking to the grid for the very first time at the season opener in Melbourne.
  • Exciting Colombian talent and former CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya was also making his F1 bow at Williams.
  • There were new beginnings for French companies Renault and Michelin. After four years out of the sport, Renault returned to supply engines to the Benetton team, while Michelin’s comeback as a tyre supplier would provide Bridgestone with competition for the first time since Goodyear left the sport at the end of the 1998 season.
  • On the other hand though, the sport was to lose some memorable characters at the end of the year. Double world champion Mika Häkkinen would initially announce his intention to take a one year sabbatical; but eventually, as expected, this became full-time retirement.
  • Also racing for the last time was Jean Alesi, who passed the 200 race mark shortly before his final Grand Prix in Japan.
  • It was the end for commentator Murray Walker too; for so long the beloved ‘voice of F1’ in the UK. He gave his final commentary at the United States Grand Prix (which would also turn out to be Mika Häkkinen’s last victory in the sport).
  • The Prost and Benetton names would disappear from the sport at the end of 2001; Prost folded due to a lack of finances while Benetton was rebranded as Renault after the French manufacturer bought the team outright.
  • The championship was won with ease by Michael Schumacher, who finished a mammoth 58 points clear of David Coulthard in second place.
  • Williams drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya would both score their maiden wins in the sport, at San Marino and Italy respectively.
  • On the other hand McLaren would not enjoy as much success as they had in recent times, but they would still do enough to also secure four wins.
  • But it was not enough to stop the rampant Schumacher, whose haul of 123 points was more than enough for his fourth world championship (equalling the achievements of Alain Prost). With Rubens Barrichello performing solidly in the second car, Ferrari also won the Constructor’s Championship at a canter.

2002

  • The 2002 Formula One season was the 53rd FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • It appeared to be nothing more than a battle for second or third plamoto_47ce in the driver's standings for those competing because Michael Schumacher finished first or second in every race except for the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished third.
  • He won 11 Grands Prix, winning the title by a record-67 points, and beating the previous record set by Nigel Mansell in the 1992 Formula One season. This record would not be beaten until 2004, also by Schumacher.
  • He would also set the record for shortest time in which the World Drivers Championship had been clinched, securing the title with a win at the French Grand Prix, with 6 races to go in the season.

2003

  • The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • After a dominant two years from Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher the 2003 world championship proved to be the most closely contested in decades as for a great part of the season. Eight different drivers won a Grand Prix, amongst them there were three first time winners.
  • Notable races include the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix which was hampered by monsoon conditions, and the British Grand Prix where the track was invaded by the now-defrocked priest Neil Horan, who ran onto the Hangar straight, running towardsmoto_48 the 250 km/h train of cars, wearing a green kilt and waving religious banners.
  • Kimi Räikkönen, driving for McLaren-Mercedes, and Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for BMW Williams, had a chance of claiming the 2003 championship right until the end of the season at the Japanese Grand Prix.
  • Another notable race was the Hungarian Grand Prix, which saw a young Fernando Alonso winning his first Formula One race.
  • After failing to complete the 2002 season due to financial difficulties, the Arrows team had their application for admission to the 2003 season rejected by the FIA prior to the season start date. No reason was publicly given by the FIA, and Arrows subsequently folded after 25 years in Formula One.
  • Another feature of the season was the introduction of rules and regulations to improve F1's excitement and to help the financial difficulties of the smaller teams. One-lap qualifying was introduced as a way for smaller teams to get more TV time.
  • Optional Friday testing was introduced to help reduce testing costs and to give smaller teams a cheaper alternative to testing in exchange for less testing miles on test days (which were banned in 2004).
  • The scoring system was changed to 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in an attempt to make the constructors' and drivers' title races closer, and only one type of wet weather tyre was allowed to be used in wet weather races.

2004

  • The 2004 Formula One season was the 55th FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • The season was dominated by Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
  • Also notable were the success of BAR and Renault, as well as the poor performance of Williams and McLaren.
  • For the fifth and sixth seasons Ferrari won both drivers and constructors titles respectively.
  • Michael Schumacher dominated the beginning of the year by winning a record 12 races in the first 13, eventually winning a record 13 races in a season, beating his previous record in 2002, and also easily cruising to a record seventh and his final drivers' championship. moto_49
  • Rubens Barrichello came in a solid second place, winning two of the last four races.
  • Jenson Button, though failing to win a grand prix, finished third, securing ten podium finishes and one pole position. Four of the ten teams were subsidiaries of major car companies (Ferrari, Renault, Jaguar, and Toyota) and one was a division of a tobacco company (BAR).
  • Williams and McLaren, both privately owned teams, had engine-production agreements with major car companies, BMW and Mercedes-Benz respectively, and Honda produced engines for BAR.
  • The final three teams, Jordan, Sauber and Minardi, were also privately owned but received little substantial sponsorship, and consequently tended to end up toward the back of the grid.
  • Sauber was privately owned, but received Ferrari engines badged under the Petronas name, and also received sponsorship from Petronas.
  • This season saw the Minardi team score their first points since 2002, where Zsolt Baumgartner finished a lucky 8th at the 2004 United States Grand Prix.
  • Ralf Schumacher had a tough season. He suffered a massive accident during the 2004 United States Grand Prix and was out of action for 6 races. This was Olivier Panis's last season as he decided to retire from the race seat after 2004 Japanese Grand Prix.
  • This was Jaguar team's and the engine manufacturer Ford's final season in F1 as they announced that they would pull out of Formula One at the end of the season.
  • This season saw all teams had scored at least one World Championship point.
  • From the 2004 season onward, all teams who did not finish in the top four of the previous year's World Constructors Championship were allowed to run a third car on the Friday practice before a grand prix for testing purposes.

2005

  • The 2005 Formula One season was the 56th FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • The season saw fierce battles, as Fernando Alonso and the Renault F1 team brought home the World Drivers and Constructors Championships, ending five years of dominance by Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari.
  • With 19 Grands Prix the 2005 season featured the most events ever.
  • The most-noted aspect of the early season was Ferrari's lack of pace, and races came to be dominated by the Renaults, especially that of Fernando Alonso.
  • McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen proved Alonso's closest competitor. After early troubles the McLaren was generally considered the fastest package, however technical failures and race incidents meant an inability to translate this into a points lead in either championship. moto_50
  • The 2005 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis saw only three out of ten teams race in a bizarre mishap when it turned out (after several failures) that the Michelin tyres for the other seven teams could not be safely used on the surface of the track, causing them to withdraw from the race when the FIA refused a change for safety reasons, insisting on keeping to the letter of the regulations.
  • After a high-flying 2004 season the most conspicuous drop in performance after Ferrari was BAR-Honda who were barred from two races due to regulations infractions.
  • After a good start to the year, and despite a late charge from Kimi Räikkönen, Alonso won the world championship by finishing third in the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix, becoming the youngest ever F1 world champion.
  • At the final race in China, Renault's Alonso and Fisichella finished first and fourth, with McLaren-Mercedes' Kimi Räikkönen second, to help Renault clinch their first ever world constructors' championship.
  • This season was the last season for several famous teams. They were the Sauber, Minardi, BAR and the Jordan team. Meanwhile, this was Rubens Barrichello's last season with the Ferrari team and Felipe Massa's last season with the Sauber team.
  • After this race, this season saw all the drivers except Robert Doornbos, Anthony Davidson and Ricardo Zonta scored world championship point(s) for the season and all the race teams scored world championship points for the season.

2006

  • The 2006 Formula One season was the 57th FIA Formula One World Championship seasonmoto_51.
  • The Drivers' Championship was won by Fernando Alonso of Renault F1 for the second year in a row, edging out retiring legend Michael Schumacher of Scuderia Ferrari by 13 points.
  • Renault also retained the Constructor's Championship, beating Ferrari by only five points.
  • The season was highlighted by the rivalry between Alonso and Schumacher, who each won seven races. Renault and Ferrari drivers dominated the field, victorious in all but one race, and the four second-place finishes not achieved by these two teams were accomplished by McLaren Mercedes.

2007

  • 2007 Formula One season was the 58th FIA Formula One World Championship season.
  • The Drivers' Championship was won by Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen by one point at the final race of the season, making Räikkönen the third Finnish driver to take the title.
  • A major talking point of the season has been an espionage controversy involving Ferrari and McLaren, which led to McLaren being excluded from the World Constructors' Championship. As a result, Ferrari clinched the championship at the Belgian Grand Prix.
  • An appeal by McLaren regarding the legality of some cars in the final race could have altered the championship standings, but on 16 November, the appeal was reportedly rejected by the International Court of Appeal, confirming the championship results. moto_52
  • Räikkönen entered the final race in third position in the drivers' standings, but emerged as champion after the chequered flag, a feat that had been accomplished only by Guiseppe Farina in 1950.
  • The 2007 season was significant in that it heralded the end of the existing Concorde Agreement between the existing Formula One constructors and Bernie Ecclestone. In particular, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Honda (collectively the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association) have a number of outstanding disagreements with the FIA and Ecclestone on financial and technical grounds. They had threatened to boycott Formula One from the 2008 season onwards and instead stage their own rival series, before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix.[3]
  • The 2007 Australian Grand Prix was the first time since the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix that there was a Formula One field without a Cosworth engine, as well as the first Grand Prix to have a driver of Afro-Caribbean ancestry in the field.
  • On 26 February 2007 Honda F1 announced that they would run with a new "Earth livery" on their RA107 car, the first time since 1968, when sponsorship in the sport became widespread,that a team might run sponsor-free for an entire season
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