F1 HIS­TORY TIME­LINE

F1 Racing (UK) - - THE HISTORY OF F1 -

1906

Ferenc Szisz wins the first in­ter­na­tional mo­tor race to carry the ‘grand prix’ ti­tle, on a 64-mile course near Le Mans, com­plet­ing two six-lap runs over two days in his 90bhp Re­nault 3B 90CV, at an av­er­age speed of 62.9mph. The com­peti­tors run in a time-trial for­mat, set­ting off at 90-sec­ond in­ter­vals on day one. Con­tro­versy erupts over Miche­lin tyres with de­tach­able wheel rims.

1933

At the Monaco Grand Prix, start­ing po­si­tions are de­ter­mined by times set dur­ing prac­tice, rather than by bal­lot, for the first time.

1938

Man­fred von Brau­chitsch wins the French GP at Reims in the 3-litre V12-pow­ered Mercedes-benz W154, av­er­ag­ing 101mph over 64 laps. Grands prix are now wheelto-wheel events rather than against the clock, and run to around three hours.

1945

The first post-war mo­tor rac­ing event is held in Paris just four months af­ter sur­ren­der of Ger­many, and a week af­ter the of­fi­cial sur­ren­der of Ja­pan.

1947

For­mula 1’s rules are an­nounced by the FIA’S sport­ing com­mit­tee, the CSI.

1948

Scud­e­ria Fer­rari build their first For­mula 1 ma­chine, the 125 F1.

1950

The Alfa Romeos fin­ish one-two-three in the first world cham­pi­onship grand prix, two laps ahead of the fourth fin­isher. Fer­rari stay away af­ter fail­ing to agree with pro­mot­ers about start­ing money.

1952

Af­ter Alfa’s with­drawal, F1 verges on ex­tinc­tion as sanc­tion­ing bod­ies across Europe move to adopt For­mula 2 as the world cham­pi­onship grand prix for­mula.

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