The inaugural Formula One World Championship race took place in 1950 at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit in Britain and was won by Guiseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo. In this unveiling season, 18 teams campaigned, with Ferrari the only team to have maintained its appearance every year since 1950. There were seven races in the first F1 Championship; all bar one were in Europe, whereas in 2005 there were 19 held all around the world. The current rules and structure we see today in the Formula One Championships Series was set after World War II.
The British Grand Prix, although not necessarily held at Silverstone every year, is one of only two which has formed the Championship’s calendar since the first series. The other is the Italian Grand Prix.
A more recent addition to the F1 Championship is the Bahrain Grand Prix, which is the first time the series has ventured to the Middle East. However with China now hosting, and Korea to be an addition in the near future, the sports appeal is ever-growing.
One of the competitions most successful and commercial stars was Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. Schumacher set a record in the history of the sport when he managed five consecutive Drivers’ Championships, with seven overall (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004). He also set other records such as the number of Grand Prix wins (91) and the number of wins in one season (13/18). Ferrari also managed to set a record, winning six consecutive Constructor’s Championships from 1999 to 2004.