Formula 1 is one of the most popular sports in the world. It takes a deceptive amount of skill and strategy to do well, and since the 1950 season, there have been few that can do it as well as the official season winners. With a pedigree that goes back more than 60 years, the sport has no signs of slowing down any time soon. But where did it all begin, and how far has it come since those post-War days? In the following article, you’ll learn about the history of the Formula 1 winners as well as some of their earnings and the circumstances behind their wins. If you have an interest or a fascination with this sport, then read on:
1) Giuseppe Farina
The first Formula 1 winner was Giuseppe Farina. This Italian born driver used Pirelli tires, pretty much putting the company on the map. He had three wins and three podiums. Also, three times he took the fastest lap honors and amassed a total of 30 points, besting out everyone else in the series. The engine was an Alfa Romeo, which would win the following year as well when Juan Manuel Fangio would take the title.
2) Juan Manuel Fangio
Fangio would take two years off from claiming the Formula 1 racing crown in 1952 and 1953, but he would follow up that hiatus with four consecutive wins, the first driver to have won more than two titles. His dominance ended in 1958 when Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain would take over. Hawthorn’s success would be short lived as the following year would see another consecutive champion sit behind the wheel.
3) Jack Brabham
Driving a Cooper engine, Brabham would win the titles in 1959 and 1960. While any win was a good win in Brabham’s eyes, the one that came in 1960 was sweeter than most. He set a new points record with 43. That record would stand until 1963, when Jim Clark demolished it with 54. However, Brabham returned in 1966 to claim his third and final Formula 1 racing championship.
4) Jackie Stewart
Formula 1 driver Jackie Stewart scored big in 1969, 1971, and 1973, with three F1 championships. Stewart’s final year to win would bring with it a new points record at 71. The record would not stand for long, though its accomplishment at the time would be spectacularly noteworthy.
F1 has come a long way since its inception. The last two years Sebastian Vettel has claimed both titles, smashing the points record in the process with 256 in 2010 and then an astounding 374 in 2011. who knows where the sport will end up? But as for the history, it’s a long and rich one.