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formula 1 grand prix history
Millions more follow these races acutely on sports tv channels. The first race was held in 1894.
This inaugural race was won by Jules-Albert de Dion who took 6 hours and 48 minutes.
Back in 1894, racing cars were constructed like rugged coaches. The very first vehicle to win the
race was actually developed like a steam tractor drawing a carriage full of travelers. In the years
that followed, motor races took location along city roads.
As the racing hype collected steam, even more races took location. They organized for a race that
stretched from Paris to the Spanish capital, Madrid. The authorities considered prohibiting the
race mentioning lack of crowd control and some other dangers.
It appears the French Government was right during. More than 2 million observers collected along
the route. The very first day of the race ended with fatalities. 2 drivers, one mechanic and 5
observers passed away. Many other spectators were injured. The race was halted too soon at
Bordeaux. Vehicles that had actually handled to make it through wreckage had to be pulled away
by equines. Amongst the dead was Marcel Renault. He was a brother to the creator of Renault;
one of automobile companies that still participates in the Grand Prix to this date. There needed to
be a better means.
The solution was not far in coming. In 1907, Hugh Locke King came up with the idea of having an
off-road circuit. Hugh built a racetrack where spectators could pay to enjoy races under safe
environments. This was the first of its kind worldwide. Thereafter, the Indianapolis Speedway,
Monza, Nurburigring and Monaco circuits were constructed. With the developing landscape, car
makers were also not left. Modern engines and car designs started to grace the racing scene. The
2 World Wars likewise contributed to this development.
Plane engines developed for the functions of war motivated auto engineers to come up with much
better vehicle engines.
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In between 1920 and 1930, names such as Fiat, Sunbeam, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti and Mercedes
enhanced racing tracks. The cars were quicker, light and more effective. In 1923, Henry Segrave
became the first British driver to win a Formula 1 race.
Following a supremacy of motor racing in France, they described these races as Grand Prix and
the term has actually considering that stuck. The name spread from France to Italy and
everywhere else where motor racing was held. Initially, racing activities were collaborated by the
AIACR (Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus). It imposed policies on
engine size and vehicle weight. It later on transformed to FIA (Federation Internationale de
l'Automobile). In 1934, a brand-new automobile building formula was put down. It imposed no
restrictions on engine capability however the vehicle had to weigh 750 kg. This was minus fuel,
tires and the driver. The term Formula 1 was created from this.