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Postby BlueWater on Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:28 am

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Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship.is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix,held on purpose-built circuits and public roads.

Formula One cars are considered to be the fastest circuit-racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce.The performance of the cars is very dependent on electronics – although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008 – and on aerodynamics, suspension and tyres.

Formula One had a total global television audience of 527 million people during the course of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.The Formula One Group is the legal holder of the commercial rights.With annual spending totalling billions of US dollars, Formula One's economic effect is significant, and its financial and political battles are widely reported.
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Postby BlueWater on Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:42 am

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The Formula One series originated with the European Grand Prix Motor Racing of the 1920s and 1930s.Formula One was a new formula agreed after World War II during 1946, with the first non-championship races being held that year.A number of Grand Prix racing organisations had laid out rules for a World Championship before the war,The first Formula One World Championship was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina in his Alfa Romeo during 1950, barely defeating his Argentine teammate Juan Manuel Fangio.However Fangio won the title during 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 & 1957

The first major technological development, Cooper's re-introduction of mid-engined cars (following Ferdinand Porsche's pioneering Auto Unions of the 1930s), which evolved from the company's successful Formula 3 designs, occurred during the 1950s.By 1961, all regular competitors had switched to mid-engined cars.

Business

Beginning during the 1970s, Bernie Ecclestone rearranged the management of Formula One's commercial rights; he is widely credited with transforming the sport into the billion-dollar business it is now.

The formation of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) during 1979 set off the FISA–FOCA controversy,during which FISA and its president Jean-Marie Balestre disputed repeatedly with FOCA over television revenues and technical regulations.FISA imposed a ban on ground effect aerodynamics during 1983.

The development of electronic driver aids began during the 1980s. Lotus began to develop a system of active suspension which first appeared during 1982 on the F1 Lotus 91 and Lotus Esprit road car. The FIA, due to complaints that technology was determining the outcome of races more than driver skill, banned many such aids for 1994.

The teams signed a second Concorde Agreement during 1992 and a third in 1997, which expired on the last day of 2007.

Powered by Porsche, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz, McLaren won sixteen championships.in 1980s, while Williams used engines from Ford, Honda, and Renault to also win sixteen titles (nine constructors', seven drivers'). The rivalry between racers Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost became F1's central focus during 1988, and continued until Prost retired at the end of 1993. Senna died at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix after crashing into a wall on the exit of the notorious curve Tamburello, having taken over Prost's lead drive at Williams that year.
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