How F1 has returned to a 1930s fundamental

How F1 has returned to a 1930s fundamental

Formula 1's bigger, heavier new cars are a welcome throwback to an era when drivers were not to go to stupid extremes to save weight

It wasn't always Formula 1, you know - and nor, for that matter, was it always the FIA. Close on a century ago, in 1922, the AIACR - Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus - formed an international commission to look after motor racing, and it came up with something called 'The Grand Prix Formula'. Not until 1947 was the AIACR reconstituted and renamed the FIA, at which point 'Formula 1' came into existence.

This Grand Prix Formula required only a slender rulebook, the stuff of dreams for people like Colin Chapman and Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey. Fundamentally teams competing at racing's highest level could build pretty much what they liked, but in 1934 a new rule called for a maximum weight limit of 750kg - indeed, this period, which lasted until the end of '37, became known as 'the 750kg formula'.

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