Today is 70 years since the first official Grand Prix of this sport that we love so much, Formula 1, was held. On a day like today, May 13th, but in 1950, the European Grand Prix was held on the Silverstone circuit, which was the first to host an official GP of an official championship. On that date, Giuseppe "Nino" Farina took the victory after dominating the race with his Alfa Romeo. In the qualifying session, the Italian driver also took pole position after having achieved a time of 1: 50.8. The podium was made up of three Alfa Romeo drivers and two nationalities, we are talking about Giuseppe Farina in first place (Italian), Luigi Fagioli in second place (Italian) and Reg Parnell in third place (British). The race consisted of 70 laps around the past Silverstone layout. The GP winner made a time of 2 hours and 13 minutes from start to finish of the race. Back then, the average speed of the cars was around 150 km / h, however the cars did not have a seat belt, so a little mistake could make the drivers at risk of losing their lives. If we think about it, there are currently noticeably young drivers on the actual starting grid, such as 20-year-old Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and George Russell, all three with 22. On the other hand, at that time, 3 drivers out of the 21 that entered to the GP were already in their 50s, so the average starting grid age was 39! The event was so prestigious that King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth and his daughter Princess Margaret, monarchy of Great Britain at the time, were present and were part of the award ceremony. With all this said, the teams have come together and have made commemorative posters to celebrate this date that is extremely important for all of us who like motorsport, especially Formula 1.
One of the teams that has been most successful in Formula 1 is the German team, Mercedes. Especially in the hybrid era, Mercedes has been the most dominant team we have seen, but not in all of history. Ferrari is the most successful team with 16 constructors' championships and 15 drivers' championships. McLaren and Williams are also among the 4 greatest teams in all of Formula 1 history.
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The circuits also came together and many of them made their posters to celebrate the occasion. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which is the venue for the Mexican Grand Prix, the Sochi International Circuit, home of the Russian Grand Prix and the Albert Park Circuit, which is the host for the Australian Grand Prix, are some examples of circuits that are celebrating 70 years of sport.
Teams that have also been successful in the category have made their poster but have also decided to make a short video that shows their history and some memorable moments that have marked their trajectory in Formula 1. One of these teams is Red Bull Racing. This time, Red Bull has posted a video to commemorate one of their latest achievements, the Austrian Grand Prix victory made by Max Verstappen.
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Just one of many memorable @f1 moments from our time in the sport! 🏆❤️ On #F170 day, take a look back at @maxverstappen1's 2019 #AustrianGP victory 🤘 #📹 @f1 #AstonMartinRedBullRacing #RedBull #Givesyouwings #MaxVerstappen #Austria #RedBullRacing #Formula1 #HappyBirthday
Lastly, Formula 1 has created a video that shows us what happened in the first official F1 Grand Prix, from how the cars were recorded, to some curious facts they teach us.
In conclusion, we hope that this sport that has made many of us jump with excitement on various occasions, will last for many more years and can continue to give us many historical moments that will always remain in our memory.