Super Aguri started the season using a modified Honda Racing RA chassis used by Honda the previous year , while Scuderia Toro Rosso used the same chassis used by the parent Red Bull Racing team, which was formally designed by a separate subsidiary.
The usage of these loopholes was ended for with the publication of new technical regulations, which require each constructor to own the intellectual property rights to their chassis,  which prevents a team using a chassis owned by another Formula One constructor.
As a consequence, constructors desiring to enter Formula One often prefer to buy an existing team: Every team in Formula One must run two cars in every session in a Grand Prix weekend, and every team may use up to four drivers in a season.
Each driver chooses an unassigned number from 2 to 99 excluding 17  upon entering Formula One, and keeps that number during his time in the series.
New entrants were allocated spare numbers, with the exception of the number 13 which had been unused since Juan Manuel Fangio and Lewis Hamilton have won the next most — five championships each.
Jochen Rindt is the only posthumous World Champion, after his points total was not surpassed despite his fatal accident at the Italian Grand Prix , with 4 races still remaining in the season.
Drivers from the United Kingdom have been the most successful in the sport, with 18 championships among 10 drivers, and wins among 19 drivers.
Most F1 drivers start in kart racing competitions, and then come up through traditional European single seater series like Formula Ford and Formula Renault to Formula 3 , and finally the GP2 Series.
GP2 started in , replacing Formula , which itself had replaced Formula Two as the last major stepping-stone into F1.
American open-wheel car racing has also contributed to the Formula One grid with mixed results. Other drivers have taken different paths to F1; Damon Hill raced motorbikes, and Michael Schumacher raced in sports cars , albeit after climbing through the junior single-seater ranks.
To race, however, the driver must hold an FIA Super Licence —ensuring that the driver has the requisite skills, and will not therefore be a danger to others.
Some drivers have not had the licence when first signed to an F1 team: Most F1 drivers retire in their mid to late 30s. Some drivers have moved from F1 to racing in disciplines with fewer races during the season.
Others, such as Damon Hill and Jackie Stewart , take active roles in running motorsport in their own countries. Carlos Reutemann became a politician and served as governor of his native state in Argentina.
The number of Grands Prix held in a season has varied over the years. The inaugural world championship season comprised only seven races, while the season contained twenty-one races.
Although throughout the first decades of the world championship there were no more than eleven Grands Prix a season, a large number of non-championship Formula One events also took place.
More Grands Prix began to be held in the s, and recent seasons have seen an average of 19 races. In the calendar peaked at twenty-one events, the highest number of world championship races in one season.
Six of the original seven races took place in Europe; the only non-European race that counted towards the World Championship in was the Indianapolis , which was held to different regulations and later replaced by the United States Grand Prix.
The F1 championship gradually expanded to other non-European countries. Asia Japan in and Oceania Australia in followed, and the first race in the Middle East was held in The nineteen races of the season were spread over every populated continent except for Africa, with ten Grands Prix held outside Europe.
Some of the Grands Prix, such as the oldest recognised event the French Grand Prix , pre-date the formation of the World Championship and were incorporated into the championship as Formula One races in The Monaco Grand Prix , first held in and run continuously since , is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world.
Traditionally each nation has hosted a single Grand Prix, which carries the name of the country. If a single country hosts multiple Grands Prix in a year they receive different names.
In European countries, the second event has often been titled the European Grand Prix , or named after a neighbouring state without a race. The United States has held six separate Grands Prix, including the Indianapolis , with the additional events named after the host city.
Grands Prix are not always held at the same circuit each year, and may switch locations due to the suitability of the track or the financial status of the race organisers.
All Grands Prix have traditionally been run during the day, until the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix hosted the first Formula One night race,  which was followed in by the day—night Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and then the Bahrain Grand Prix which converted to a night race in Along with holding races at night, other Grands Prix in Asia have had their start times adjusted to benefit the European television audience.
A typical circuit usually features a stretch of straight road on which the starting grid is situated. The layout of the rest of the circuit varies widely, although in most cases the circuit runs in a clockwise direction.
Those few circuits that run anticlockwise and therefore have predominantly left-handed corners can cause drivers neck problems due to the enormous lateral forces generated by F1 cars pulling their heads in the opposite direction to normal.
Most of the circuits currently in use are specially constructed for competition. The current street circuits are Monaco , Melbourne , Singapore , Sochi and Baku although races in other urban locations come and go Las Vegas and Detroit , for example and proposals for such races are often discussed—most recently New Jersey.
Several circuits have been completely laid out on public roads in the past, such as Valencia in Spain, though Monaco is the only one that remains.
The glamour and history of the Monaco race are the primary reasons why the circuit is still in use, even though it does not meet the strict safety requirements imposed on other tracks.
Three-time World champion Nelson Piquet famously described racing in Monaco as "like riding a bicycle around your living room". Several of the new circuits in F1, especially those designed by Tilke, have been criticised as lacking the "flow" of such classics as Spa-Francorchamps and Imola.
His redesign of the Hockenheim circuit in Germany for example, while providing more capacity for grandstands and eliminating extremely long and dangerous straights, has been frowned upon by many who argue that part of the character of the Hockenheim circuits was the long and blinding straights into dark forest sections.
These newer circuits, however, are generally agreed to meet the safety standards of modern Formula One better than the older ones. A single race requires hotel rooms to accommodate at least 5, visitors.
Modern Formula One cars are mid-engined , hybrid, open cockpit, open wheel single-seaters. The chassis is made largely of carbon-fibre composites , rendering it light but extremely stiff and strong.
The race teams take advantage of this by placing this ballast at the extreme bottom of the chassis, thereby locating the centre of gravity as low as possible in order to improve handling and weight transfer.
The cornering speed of Formula One cars is largely determined by the aerodynamic downforce that they generate, which pushes the car down onto the track.
This is provided by "wings" mounted at the front and rear of the vehicle, and by ground effect created by low air pressure under the flat bottom of the car.
The aerodynamic design of the cars is very heavily constrained to limit performance and the current generation of cars sport a large number of small winglets, "barge boards", and turning vanes designed to closely control the flow of the air over, under, and around the car.
The other major factor controlling the cornering speed of the cars is the design of the tyres. From to , the tyres in Formula One were not " slicks " tyres with no tread pattern as in most other circuit racing series.
Instead, each tyre had four large circumferential grooves on its surface designed to limit the cornering speed of the cars.
Suspension is double wishbone or multilink front and rear, with pushrod operated springs and dampers on the chassis — one exception being that of the specification Red Bull Racing car RB5 which used pullrod suspension at the rear, the first car to do so since the Minardi PS01 in Ferrari used a pullrod suspension at both the front and rear in their car.
Carbon-carbon disc brakes are used for reduced weight and increased frictional performance. These provide a very high level of braking performance and are usually the element which provokes the greatest reaction from drivers new to the formula.
Formula One cars must have four uncovered wheels, all made of the same metallic material, which must be one of two magnesium alloys specified by the FIA.
Starting with the Formula 1 season, the engines have changed from a 2. In addition they include a lot of energy recovery technology.
Engines run on unleaded fuel closely resembling publicly available petrol. A wide variety of technologies—including active suspension  and ground effect aerodynamics  —are banned under the current regulations.
The downforce means that the cars can achieve a lateral force with a magnitude of up to 3. Such high lateral forces are enough to make breathing difficult and the drivers need supreme concentration and fitness to maintain their focus for the one to two hours that it takes to complete the race.
A high-performance road car like the Enzo Ferrari only achieves around 1g. As of [update] , each team may have no more than two cars available for use at any time.
If more engines are used, he drops ten places on the starting grid of the event at which an additional engine is used. The only exception is where the engine is provided by a manufacturer or supplier taking part in its first championship season, in which case up to five may be used by a driver.
As of [update] , each driver is limited to 3 power units per season, before incurring grid penalties. This was broken down as follows: Costs vary greatly from team to team.
There have been controversies with the way profits are shared amongst the teams. The smaller teams have complained that the profits are unevenly shared, favouring established top teams.
In September , Force India and Sauber officially lodged a complaint with the European Union against Formula One questioning the governance and stating that the system of dividing revenues and determining the rules is unfair and unlawful.
The cost of building a brand new permanent circuit can be up to hundreds of millions of dollars, while the cost of converting a public road, such as Albert Park , into a temporary circuit is much less.
Permanent circuits, however, can generate revenue all year round from leasing the track for private races and other races, such as MotoGP.
A number of Formula One drivers earn the highest salary of any drivers in auto racing. The expense of Formula One has seen the FIA and the Formula One Commission attempt to create new regulations to lower the costs for a team to compete in the sport.
In the interest of making the sport truer to its role as a World Championship, Bernie Ecclestone had initiated and organised a number of Grands Prix in new countries.
Proposals to hold future races are regularly made by both new locations and countries and circuits that have previously hosted a Formula One Grand Prix.
Following their purchase of the commercial rights to the sport in , Liberty Media announced their vision for the future of Formula One at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula One can be seen live or tape delayed in almost every country and territory around the world and attracts one of the largest global television audiences.
During the early s, Formula One Group created a number of trademarks, an official logo, and an official website for the sport in an attempt to give it a corporate identity.
Ecclestone experimented with a digital television package known colloquially as Bernievision which was launched at the German Grand Prix in co-operation with German digital television service "DF1", 30 years after the first GP colour TV broadcast, the German Grand Prix.
This service offered the viewer several simultaneous feeds such as super signal, on board, top of field, backfield, highlights, pit lane, timing which were produced with cameras, technical equipment and staff different from those used for the conventional coverage.
It was introduced in many countries over the years, but was shut down after the season for financial reasons. The only station that originally differed from this was "Premiere"—a German channel which offers all sessions live and interactive, with features such as the onboard channel.
This service was more widely available around Europe until the end of , when the cost of a whole different feed for the digital interactive services was thought too much.
Prices were too high for viewers, considering they could watch both the qualifying and the races themselves free on ITV. However, upon the commencement of its coverage for the season, the BBC reintroduced complementary features such as the "red button" in-car camera angles, multiple soundtracks broadcast commentary, CBBC commentary for children, or ambient sound only and a rolling highlights package.
Different combinations of these features are available across the various digital platforms Freeview , Freesat , Sky , Virgin Media cable and the BBC F1 web site prior to, during, and after the race weekend.
Not all services are available across all the various platforms due to technical constraints. An announcement was made on 12 January , on the official Formula 1 website Formula1.
Sky Sports F1 covered all races live without commercial interruption as well as live practice and qualifying sessions, along with F1 programming, including interviews, archive action and magazine shows.
BBC ended their joint television contract after the season, transferring their rights to Channel 4 until the end of the season, with their coverage being presented by former T4 presenter Steve Jones.
The official Formula One website Formula1. An official application has been available for iOS in the Apple App Store since ,  and for Android on Google Play since ,  that shows users a real-time feed of driver positions,  timing and commentary.
But the two terms are not interchangeable. The distinction is most relevant when considering career summaries and "all-time lists".
For example, in the List of Formula One drivers , Clemente Biondetti is shown with a single race against his name. Biondetti actually competed in four Formula One races in ,  but only one of these counted for the World Championship.
Similarly, several Indianapolis winners technically won their first World Championship race, though most record books choose to ignore this and instead only record regular World Championship participants.
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