F1 HISTORY TIMELINE
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.
At the Monaco Grand Prix, starting positions are determined by times set during practice, rather than by ballot, for the first time.
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.
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.
Formula 1’s rules are announced by the FIA’S sporting committee, the CSI.
Scuderia Ferrari build their first Formula 1 machine, the 125 F1.
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.
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.