Formula 1 is the premier class in international auto-racing. F1 can trace its history all the way back to the early 1900’s in Europe, but with Grand Prix’s stretching 4 contents, it has evolved into one of the most celebrated international sports in the world. The “formula” is the set of rules that each F1 team must follow in the construction of their cars. F1 is notorious for pushing this constantly evolving set of rules to the limit, and the innovation that comes out of Formula 1 has been incredibly influential in the automotive industry for almost a century. The top teams on the F1 circuit are at the absolute pinnacle of current automotive technology, and because of this, Formula 1 cars are the fastest road course cars in the world.
The chase for the Formula 1 World Championship is broken down into two categories. The F1 Constructor Championship, which is awarded each season to the team that finishes with the most combined points, and the F1 Drivers’ championship, which is awarded to the individual driver with the most accumulated points over the course of the F1 season. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Formula 1 tickets.
2014 Formula 1 Season Preview
The story of the 2014 Formula 1 season is the change in the power trains from 2013. Gone are the 2.4-litre V8 engines and in are new 1.6-litre turbocharged motors. This massive alteration in power represents one of the largest year over year changes in F1 regulations in sometime. The Formula 1 governing body the FIA also put new regulations on the number of gearboxes each F1 driver can use during a season, as well as changed the front wing height and width, among numerous other changes.
These new regulations have left the 2014 F1 calendar incredibly wide open. Current F1 Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel will try and win his 5th straight F1 World Championship. His Red Bull team will likely have its biggest challenge in recent years as every team starts from a fresh slate with the new turbo motors. Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has moved from Lotus over to Ferrari and will team with 2 time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso to try and bring Ferrari its first F1 Constructors championship since 2008. But the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be the team to watch as the German automotive giant looks to bring its first Formula 1 crown home.
Lewis Hamilton vs. Sebastian Vettel
Arguably the two talented Formula 1 drivers of the current era, Hamilton and Vettel have combined for 5 Driver's Championships. Hamilton and Vettel are also the 2 youngest F1 Drivers' Champions in the history of the sport and likely have many more years of battling it out for Formula 1's top crown. Between 2008-2014 the pair combined for over 130 podium finishes, making them two of the most dominant F1 drivers of all-time.
Lewis Hamilton vs. Nico Rosberg
The friends and teammates turned massive rivals in 2014 when it became clear that one of the two Mercedes drivers would take home the F1 crown. The duo combined to bring the F1 Constructors Championship back to Mercedes with 3 races remaining in the season. In classic F1 fashion there were on course collisions, closed team meetings, and calculated press conference answers. Hamilton and Rosberg may remain friends outside of the cars, but once on track, the two have become 2 of the fiercest rivals on the Formula 1 circuit.
Sebastian Vettel vs. Fernando Alonso
Alonso and Vettel have combined for 6 F1 Drivers' Championships and are two of the most dominant drivers of any era. The rivalry between these two F1 titans has been for the top spot on Formula 1's end of the year podium.
Top Races of the Formula 1 Schedule
Monaco Grand Prix - One of the most important and prestigious automotive races in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most anticipated race of the Formula 1 Schedule. First contested in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is contested on the streets of Monaco. It is the only race on the F1 schedule that does not adhere to the FIA’s 190 mile minimum race distance, and it is one of the few races in the world that is held on city streets. With narrow streets, major elevation changes, and even a tunnel, the Monaco Grand Prix is Formula 1 at its very best, and the glamor and buzz around the race rivals any sporting event in the world.
U.S. Grand Prix - Formula 1 racing returned to the United States in 2012 with the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. COTA is the first and only track in the United States to be purpose built for Formula 1. It is one of the newest courses on the F1 schedule and the U.S. Grand Prix has quickly become a favorite for fans and drivers from all over the world. The U.S. Grand Prix is famous for having a track that widens at the corners, encouraging drivers to take multiple racing lines allowing drivers to overtake each other in the corners.