History of Formula 1 in Charts

Dashboard from a old Porsche


For many Formula One (F1) means high speeds, massive budgets and state of the art technology, and those people are right. Let’s examine those three key phrases in detail:

High speed: In 2006, the top Formula One speeds were around 185 mph (300km/h), which is equivalent to driving from New York to Montreal in two hours. In the same year, the BAR Honda team reached 257 mph (413 km/h) during a test, using the famous BAR 007 Formula One car. Although FIA imposed some performance restrictions to increase driver safety, Formula One cars are among the fastest in the world.

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Massive budget:
In 2014, the combined total of money spent by all Formula One teams was $2.4 Billion. This large amount of money is almost equal to the revenue of some nations.
On average, an F1 budget is divided as follows:
R&D (26%), Operations (17%), Production (25%) and Salaries (27%).

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State of the art technology:
If you want to see the features of future cars, just check-out current F1 cars. Active suspension, gearboxes, green technology, aerodynamic shapes, and many other technologies have been invented or improved by F1. One of the best examples is the disc brake, which was used with great reliability and high security for the first time in 1953 by the legendary Jaguar C-Type race car. The benefit of this great feature is beyond imagination as it saves an uncalculated number of lives. Another contemporary example is the new hybrid engine made by Honda. This engine is both eco-friendly and powerful, as it can go from 0 to 100 mph (160 km/h) and back to 0 in less than five seconds.

Formula One will continue to surprise us for its extravagance. The charts shown below are an amazing collection of the best data to describe the world of FI. Enjoy!

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