Why is Formula 1 called Formula 1?

L’ANTISECHE – Sunday took place the Bahrain Grand Prix in Formula 1. But why do we call this motorsport like that? Every day, the JDD cheat sheet answers a not-so-stupid question, to better understand the news.

The Formula 1 championship, which resumed Sunday with the Bahrain Grand Prix, started in 1950. The idea germinated four years earlier when the sports commission of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) decided that the races should be regulated and standardized. The name Formula then seemed the most suitable to characterize the new classification. Formula international and Formula A were the first options considered, before the current name was adopted to define the elite of single-seaters.

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Formula 2, 3, 4 and E

The first Grand Prix was held in Great Britain at the Silverstone circuit, in a seven-stage championship taking place mainly in Europe. Until 1960, the Indianapolis 500 miles were attached to the competition to legitimize its global character. In addition to the title of World Drivers ‘Champion (the first was awarded to Giuseppe Farina, on Alfa Romeo), a constructors’ title has been awarded since 1958.

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There is also a Formula 2, a Formula 3 (which serves as a selection stage among young drivers who dream of Formula 1), a Formula 4 and since 2011 a Formula E, for electric single-seaters.

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