How F1 Racing Started
In 1946 the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) standardised the rules of European Grand Prix motor racing that had been in existence since the 1920′s. This set the foundation for Formula One, and the top 10 best formula one drivers of all time were in the making.
The first World Drivers Championship was held in 1950, with the first Constructors Championship being held in 1958.
The Commission Sportive Internationale of the FIA defined Formula One in 1946 as the premier single seater-racing category in worldwide motorsport. The 1946 Turin Grand Prix held on 1st September was the first race to be governed by the new regulations. There were around twenty races held in Europe each year under these new regulations that took place between Spring and Autumn.
The first World Drivers Championship using Formula One rules was held in 1950. It was held across six of the major Grand Prix in Europe – Great Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Italy. It also included the Indianapolis 500 but this was governed by different regulations. Not many European teams entered the Indianapolis 500, just as not many American teams entered the European races. The Indianapolis 500 was only included in the World Championship until 1960. There were a number of other Formula One races held throughout the year but they did not count towards the Championship. This was the case until 1983, when rising costs put an end to this practice.
With the exception of the Indianapolis 500, the early years of the World Championship saw the races being held entirely in Europe. This changed in 1953 when one of the races was held in Argentina. Since then at least one Championship race has been held outside of Europe each year.
So, where is F1 racing held now? Today the World Drivers and the World Constructors Championship are contested over nineteen Grand Prix in a season that runs from March to September. Countries all over the world, including Australia, Singapore and Brazil, now host it and are the venues of some of the best formula one circuits in the world.