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Formula One, also commonly known as the F1, is the highest level of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The Formula One World Championship season consists of a number of races, known as Grand Prix, which take place all over the world over the course of around 9 months. There are 10 F1 teams, with each team having two drivers, and a points system is used for each Grand Prix to determine the two world championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors of the cars. Formula One is a thrilling tournament held at highly impressive venues across the globe, every Grand Prix is full of surprises and never fails to entertain. Zenseats is able to source top tier tickets and hospitality packages to all of the Grand Prix, you can contact our customer service team for assistance in planning this unforgettable experience.
The FIA Formula One World Championship, previously known as The World Drivers’ Championship, began in 1950 and originated from the European Championship of Grand Prix motor racing that took place in the 1920s and 30s. The word formula in the name refers to the set of rules that all participants' cars must meet to take place in the tournament. This formula was agreed upon in 1946 with the first non-championship races taking place later that year. The rules were then applied to the first world championship in 1950, with the first race taking place at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
Each Formula One Grand Prix event spans a weekend and begins with two free practice sessions on the Friday and one free practice on Saturday. Following the practice session, a qualifying session takes place which determines the starting order for the race on the Sunday. The race commences with a warm up lap, so that the drivers can check the conditions of the track and their car and also warm up their tyres. After this the cars assemble on the starting grid in the order they qualified, ready to begin racing. Since 1989 the standard race length is 190 miles (305 km), although there are exceptions for street races such as Monaco in which the distance is shorter to keep under the two-hour race limit.
The format of F1 has remained largely the same since its beginnings, the main changes include that the second driver is no longer permitted to continue the race in their teammate's car if their car encounters a problem. Refuelling during the race is also no longer allowed to discourage tactical racing following safety concerns.