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.
2016 Formula 1 Season Preview
The 2nd year of the turbocharged v6’s in Formula 1 saw many of the same storylines as the 1st. Lewis Hamilton won a 2nd straight F1 World Championship, and the Mercedes team dominated the standings, with Hamilton, and teammate Nico Rosberg pulling in a victories in 16 of the 19 races on the F1 calendar. While Mercedes enters 2016 searching for a 3rd straight title, the story of the Formula 1 season may be Ferrari. The iconic F1 team won 3 races last season, and made up plenty of ground against their German rivals. With 4 time F1 World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel, look for Ferrari to challenge Mercedes in top races like the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, 2016 US Grand Prix, and 2016 Mexico Grand Prix. Another top storyline for 2016 will be Mecedes other F1 driver, Nico Rosberg. Rosberg won the final 3 races last season, and will look to carry that form into his first Formula 1 World Title. The 2016 F1 season is underway and F1 tickets are available now.
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.