A short history of formula one racing

MOTORSPORT - FIA GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 - SACHSENRING (GER) - 13 TO 15/05/2011 - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI -MOTORSPORT - FIA GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 - SACHSENRING (GER) - 13 TO 15/05/2011 - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI -

Formula One racing is only one of the types of formula racing. Unsurprisingly but dully the others are two, three, and four. All these are so called because of the jargon that was used at the sports inception in the mid 20th century in the post-war period for the types of cars that were used. A formula car is a single-passenger (ie, one driver), open-wheeled car (unlike production cars which have wheel underneath the car, so-called closed wheels).
Although Formula One has its origins in the 1920s and 1930s Grand Prix racing in Europe it wasn’t codified in 1946 with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, or FIA, still today the organiser of Formula One events. In the 20s and 30s in the Grand Prix series it was predominately super-charged cars that were being raced and that tradition continued into the 1940s and ultimately into Formula One. The first race was in September 1946 in Turin, Italy, which is still the home of much of Italy’s auto industry, including Alfa Romeo which won the first ever race and has been one of the most successful manufacturers of Formula One cars ever since.
In the early days it was the Italians—namely Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Maserati—that dominated the scoreboards of the Formula One circuit. The French, British, and Germans also participated in races, but with much less success than the Italians. Already in its first days betting was becoming a major companion of the races and many of the casinos in Italy and France where many of the races were held made the books on the races. Today most of that business has gone to top online sportsbooks websites  but nevertheless the tradition continues.
In the early day of racing, cars and car production was still very much a national phenomenon and cars from one country or region looked very different and ever utilised different technologies. Today the situation is much different with manufacturers from all across the world working together to develop new products.
As one country advanced in technology so did their standing on racing platform. Changes in engine design int he 1950s in Britain meant that by the early 60s Britain was a major player in the Formula One scene. And although the Italians remained strong they were increasingly bested by Britons and Germans.
Although the technologies and designs changed dramatically over the second half of the 20th century—to say nothing of the performance and ability of the cars—one of the biggest changes came in 1994. It had been eight years since the last death in the sport, but it was decided that the sport was dangerous enough to necessitate stronger regulation. It was then that the cars acquired many of the features that we now see today.
The sport has come a long way and has fuelled and breathed life into the auto industry the world over by being on the cutting-edge of automotive technology, but one thing that has remained throughout the years is the ardent love and support of racing fans.