Calendar changes[ edit ] The Malaysian Grand Prix was added to the calendar, held at a newly built circuit in Sepang. Schumacher, for the second consecutive race after last year's final racestalled on the parade lap and started at the back. The second race was originally to be in Argentina on March 28, but was cancelled shortly before the season began. This left an unusual five-week gap before the next race, in Brazil.
Formula One was a new formula agreed upon after World War II duringwith the first non-championship races being held that year. The first world championship race was held at SilverstoneUnited Kingdom in A championship for constructors followed in National championships existed in South Africa and the UK in the s and s.
Non-championship Formula One events were held for many years, but due to the increasing cost of competition, the last of these occurred in However, Fangio won the title in, and His record of five World Championship titles stood for 45 years until German driver Michael Schumacher took his sixth title inhis streak interrupted after an injury by two-time champion Alberto Ascari of Ferrari.
This period featured teams managed by road car manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benzand Maserati ; all of whom had competed before the war. They were front-enginedwith narrow tyres and 1.
The and World Championships were run to Formula Two regulations, for smaller, less powerful cars, due to concerns over the paucity of Formula One cars available.
Mercedes drivers won the championship for two years, before the team withdrew from all motorsport in the wake of the Le Mans disaster. The iconic British Racing Green Lotus, with a revolutionary aluminium-sheet monocoque chassis instead of the traditional space-frame design, was the dominant car, The formula one constructors inthe team broke new boundaries, when they were the first to carry advertising on their cars.
Byall regular competitors had switched to mid-engined cars. The Ferguson P99a four-wheel drive design, was the last front-engined F1 car to enter a world championship race.
It was entered in the British Grand Prixthe only front-engined car to compete that year. This proved to be the greatest technological breakthrough since the introduction of mid-engined cars. DuringLotus painted an Imperial Tobacco livery on their cars, thus introducing sponsorship to the sport.
Previously, the circuit owners controlled the income of the teams and negotiated with each individually; however Ecclestone persuaded the teams to "hunt as a pack" through FOCA. In return for the package, almost all that was required was to surrender trackside advertising.
Bya BMW turbocharged engine achieved a flash reading of 5. To reduce engine power output and thus speeds, the FIA limited fuel tank capacity inand boost pressures inbefore banning turbocharged engines completely in Lotus began to develop a system of active suspensionwhich first appeared during on the Bythis system had been perfected and was driven to victory by Ayrton Senna in the Monaco Grand Prix that year.
In the early s other teams followed suit and semi-automatic gearboxes and traction control were a natural progression. The FIA, due to complaints that technology was determining the outcome of races more than driver skill, banned many such aids for This resulted in cars that were previously dependent on electronic aids becoming very "twitchy" and difficult to drive particularly the Williams FW Many observers felt the ban on driver aids was in name only as they "proved difficult to police effectively".
No driver had died of injuries sustained on the track at the wheel of a Formula One car for 20 years, until the Japanese Grand Prix where Jules Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle after aquaplaning off the circuit. Sincethree track marshals have lost their lives, one at the Italian Grand Prix the second at the Australian Grand Prix  and the third at the Canadian Grand Prix.
There were to be four grooves on the front three in the first year and rear that ran through the entire circumference of the tyre. The objective was to reduce cornering speeds and to produce racing similar to rainy conditions by enforcing a smaller contact patch between tyre and track.
This, according to the FIA, was to promote driver skill and provide a better spectacle. The grooved tyres also had the unfortunate side effect of initially being of a harder compound to be able to hold the grooved tread blocks, which resulted in spectacular accidents in times of aerodynamic grip failure as the harder compound could not grip the track as well.
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The FIA Formula One World Championship was the 53rd season of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula One motor racing. It commenced on 7 March and ended on 31 October after sixteen races. The Drivers' Championship was won for a second consecutive time by Mika Häkkinen, although Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard and Heinz-Harald Frentzen all had a chance of winning the.
The title of Formula One World Champion Constructor is given to the car make that scores the most points during the season. The "make" of a car includes both the chassis and engine.
If a car's chassis and engine are made by .