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These days, there is not a person who has not heard of Formula 1. Today it is one of the most prestigious and popular sports on the planet. Incredibly exciting spectacle: beautiful and powerful cars, the competition of the best drivers, full stands of loyal fans. All this can be watched annually, not only on TV but also live - the most devoted fans of the sport travel thousands of kilometers away in order to watch the competition and support their favorite team. The roar of the engine, tearing up the air, the breakneck speed of the cars flying around the bizarre turns of the track and the encouraging shouts of the enthusiastic crowd of thousands of fans, which can be heard even in the cockpit.


"Formula One" How it all began
Back in the 1920s and 30s, the first prerequisites for the emergence of Formula 1. It was then that teams involved in various motor racing Grand Prix adopted the regulations for the first World Championship. It was supposed to take place in 1941, but was not held because of the outbreak of World War II. It was not until 1946 that the International Automobile Federation (FIA) formed the final regulations, which came into force in 1947.

The first Grand Prix was held in 1950 at a circuit called Silverstone in Britain, and was won by Alfa Romeo driver Giuseppe Farina of Italy.
Farina slightly beat his teammate Juan Manuel Fangio.

By the way, Fangio in the future five times will win the title of world champion. Interestingly, from 1958 to 1969, only English-speaking pilots became world champions - the British, Australians, New Zealanders and Americans.


The golden age of Formula One is in the early 1980s. The emergence of the top teams - Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus and Williams, the famous pilots A. Senna, A. Prost, G. Berger only fueled the interest of the fans.
In the history of Formula 1 there were only five female pilots, but none of them were able to achieve significant results.

The first Russian driver to get on the podium at a Grand Prix was Vitaly Petrov (known as "Vyborg's Rocket").


Innovation within Formula 1 and improvement of the cars
If we talk about technique, in those years, racing was a much more dangerous sport than it is now. It took a long time before the designers managed to bring the cars to a relatively safe technical condition. Although in the early decades of Formula 1 racing speeds were lower than they are now, but the quality of the track surface was quite different. This is now constitute a ring road with a perfectly smooth surface, but then it was like a rolled gravel. And the cars themselves were completely different.


Technical progress in Formula One began in the 1960s. At this time, one of the leading teams of the time - Lotus, adopted from the aviation industry, a new type of design, which allowed the pilots to pass the turns much faster. Wings began to appear, allowing cars to more confidently stay on the road. This is a major contribution to safety, because often due to low downforce in the corners of the car flew off the track and that led to severe injury to pilots. In addition to safety, this innovation allowed the cars to perform maneuvers at higher speeds. Over time, of course, there were many more improvements: designs were changed, elements were added, new types of turbocharged engines began to be used.

Today, Formula 1 is called the "queen of motorsports," and understandably so - it is one of the most prestigious, spectacular and expensive racing series in the world. Pilots' salaries and team budgets are in the millions of dollars a year. Many pilots, acting in other classes, dream to get exactly in the "Formula 1", for some it becomes the goal of a lifetime.

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