Formula One, abbreviated to F1, is the highest class of open wheeled auto racing defined by the Federation Internationale de l`Automobile (FIA), motor sport`s world governing body. The "formula" in the name is a set of rules which all participants and cars must meet. The F1 world championship season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and in a few cases on closed city streets. The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers and one for constructors.

The cars race at high speeds, greater than 320 km/h (200 mph), and are capable of pulling up to 5g in some corners. The performance of the cars is highly dependent on electronics, aerodynamics, suspension and tyres. The formula has seen many evolutions and changes through the history of the sport.

Europe is Formula One`s traditional centre, all of the teams are based there and around half the races take place there. However, its scope has expanded significantly in recent years and Grands Prix are now held all over the world. Events in Europe and the Americas have been dropped in favour of new ones in Bahrain, China, Malaysia and Turkey, with Singapore scheduled to hold the first night race in 2008 and India being added to the schedule starting in 2010. Of the eighteen races in 2008, nine are outside Europe.

It is a massive television event, with millions of people watching each race in two hundred countries. As the world`s most expensive sport,[citation needed] its economic effect is significant, and its financial and political battles are widely observed. On average about 55 million people all over the world watch Formula one races live. Its high profile and popularity makes it an obvious merchandising environment, which leads to very high investments from sponsors, translating into extremely high budgets for the constructor teams. Since the last decade, several teams have gone bankrupt or been bought out by other companies.





The winners since 1950 with wins in brackets are:
 Season   Driver   Team   Engine   Tyres   Poles   Wins   Podiums   Fastest Laps   Points 
 2007  Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari* Ferrari B 3 6 12 6 110
 2006  Fernando Alonso Renault* Renault M 6 7 14 5 134
 2005  Fernando Alonso Renault* Renault M 6 7 15 2 133
 2004  Michael Schumacher Ferrari* Ferrari B 8 13 15 10 148
 2003  Michael Schumacher Ferrari* Ferrari B 5 6 8 5 93
 2002  Michael Schumacher Ferrari* Ferrari B 7 11 17 7 144
 2001  Michael Schumacher Ferrari* Ferrari B 11 9 14 3 123
 2000  Michael Schumacher Ferrari* Ferrari B 9 9 12 2 108
 1999  Mika Hakkinen McLaren Mercedes B 11 5 10 6 76
 1998  Mika Hakkinen McLaren* Mercedes B 9 8 11 6 100
 1997  Jacques Villeneuve Williams* Renault G 10 7 8 3 81
 1996  Damon Hill10 Williams* Renault G 9 8 10 5 97
 1995  Michael Schumacher Benetton* Renault G 4 9 11 8 102
 1994  Michael Schumacher Benetton Ford G 6 8 10 8 92
 1993  Alain Prost Williams* Renault G 13 7 12 6 99
 1992  Nigel Mansell Williams* Renault G 14 9 12 8 108
 1991  Ayrton Senna McLaren* Honda G 8 7 12 2 96
 1990  Ayrton Senna McLaren* Honda G 10 6 11 2 78
 1989  Alain Prost McLaren* Honda G 2 4 11 5 76
 1988  Ayrton Senna McLaren* Honda G 13 8 11 3 90
 1987  Nelson Piquet Williams* Honda G 4 3 11 4 73
 1986  Alain Prost McLaren TAG G 1 4 11 2 72
 1985  Alain Prost McLaren* TAG G 2 5 11 5 73
 1984  Niki Lauda McLaren* TAG M 0 5 9 5 72
 1983  Nelson Piquet Brabham BMW M 1 3 8 4 59
 1982  Keke Rosberg Williams Ford G 1 1 6 0 44
 1981  Nelson Piquet Brabham Ford M 4 3 7 1 50
 1980  Alan Jones Williams* Ford G 3 5 10 5 67
 1979  Jody Scheckter Ferrari* Ferrari M 1 3 6 0 51
 1978  Mario Andretti Lotus* Ford G 8 6 7 3 64
 1977  Niki Lauda Ferrari* Ferrari G 2 3 10 3 72
 1976  James Hunt McLaren Ford G 8 6 8 2 69
 1975  Niki Lauda Ferrari* Ferrari G 9 5 8 2 64
 1974  Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren* Ford G 2 3 7 0 55
 1973  Jackie Stewart Tyrrell Ford G 3 5 8 1 71
 1972  Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus* Ford F 3 5 8 0 61
 1971  Jackie Stewart Tyrrell* Ford G 6 6 7 3 62
 1970  Jochen Rindt Lotus* Ford F 3 5 5 1 45
 1969  Jackie Stewart Matra* Ford D 2 6 7 5 63
 1968  Graham Hill Lotus* Ford F 2 3 6 0 48
 1967  Denny Hulme Brabham* Repco G 0 2 8 2 51
 1966  Jack Brabham Brabham* Repco G 3 4 5 1 42
 1965  Jim Clark Lotus* Climax D 6 6 6 6 54
 1964  John Surtees6 Ferrari* Ferrari D 2 2 6 2 40
 1963  Jim Clark Lotus* Climax D 7 7 9 6 54
 1962  Graham Hill BRM* BRM D 1 4 6 3 42
 1961  Phil Hill Ferrari* Ferrari D 5 2 6 2 34
 1960  Jack Brabham Cooper* Climax D 3 5 5 3 43
 1959  Jack Brabham Cooper* Climax D 1 2 5 1 31
 1958  Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Ferrari E 4 1 7 5 42
 1957  Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Maserati P 4 4 6 2 40
 1952  Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari F 5 6 6 6 36
 1951  Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 4 31 5 5 31
 1950  Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 2 3 3 3 30

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