Formula One Glory Explained

Winning a Grand Prix in Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport achievement and considered a great honor in the racing world.

Formula One is an elite level of motorsport, where drivers and teams compete in a series of races around the world. The highest-performing teams and drivers are awarded the title of Formula One world champions. It is a highly competitive and thrilling sport that captures millions of fans around the world. Formula One cars are the fastest on the planet, capable of reaching speeds of up to 375 km/h. Races take place in exotic locations such as Monaco, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, adding to the excitement and spectacle of the sport. Formula One continues to be one of the world's most popular sports, with millions of fans tuning in to watch the races every year.

As a racing sport that has been the most famous in the entire world, being loved by many because of the thrills and spills that come with each and every race weekend alongside the anticipation of who will walk away as the champion, there is so much to love about the sport. One can never get enough of the closely contested battles that the title contenders serve their fans with, the ruthlessness on the circuits as even team-mates battle against each other all just to be crowned the World Champion. It’s a season of who’s having the best machinery and hence the advantage to being crowned the blue chip of the race series. Yet, one may wonder what exactly is a grand prix win? A pole position will win? A podium finish?  A world driver’s championship win? Or the constructor’s championship win?

Pole Position

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The pole position is the most favorable place for a car to start the race in, situated on the inside of the front row. It is a place that has to be earned, with the top sport going to the driver with the fastest time in qualifying. The pole position is the place where every driver wants to be on the starting grid. The driver who occupies that pole spot before a race can also be described as a “pole-sitter”. This provides the driver in the pole position the privilege of starting ahead of all the other drivers. The driver who sets the fastest qualifying time is said to be on pole position. 

The number one grid position is statistically the most advantageous starting position on the track. The driver at the pole position usually has two positions at the finish line, or about a 10 percentage point higher probability of winning the race. In Formula One’s history. The F1 driver with the greatest number of pole positions as of 2022 was Lewis Hamilton at 103 pole positions, following behind him being Michael Schumacher at 68 pole positions.

Podium Finish

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When all the on track-action has been completed in the race series, the top three drivers at the end of the race will step onto the podium to receive trophies before the winning driver and team national anthems are played. If all the top three drivers in a race are current or former world champions, it is said that the race has a champions` podium. The podium ceremony honors the race’s three top finishers and a representative of the winning constructor. 

The top three finishers are given flags from their home country, and they take their places on the podium. The winner takes the highest place, followed by the second-place finisher on the next step-down, and then the third-place finisher on the lowest place. The drivers will be then given trophies and 1.5 liter bottles of champagne.  

As of October 2022, Lewis Hamilton was the Formula 1 driver with the most podium finishes with a total of 188, which is 33 more than that of the German F1 Legend Michael Schumacher on 155.

Grand Prix Wins

A series of Formula One races are conducted over a year. Each race in a season is called a Grand Prix or GP. The number of grand prix in a season is the number of races in that season, and this has varied over the years, with the inaugural event having only 7 races. This has been increasing up to a maximum of 20 GP’s in a season now. The 2023 edition will have the longest race season (23 races) and hence 23 Grand Prix races. 

Each grand prix in a season is named after the host country, for example, a GP held in Belgium is known as the Belgian Grand Prix. It is also worth noting that more than one GP’s can be held in a country every year. The top ten drivers at each grand prix will receive points based on the positions they finished in, and these points will determine the world driver’s and constructor’s championships at the end of the season.

World Driver’s Championships Award

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The race driver who scores the most points in a Formula One World Championship season is awarded the Formula One world Driver’s Championship. If both cars in a team finish in the top ten, they both contribute to the driver’s constructors' championships.  Michael Schumacher, a living legend and arguably the greatest F1 driver, is a seven-time world driver’s champion and the only F1 driver to have made history by finishing in the top three ranks in every race of a season. He shares the seven-time world titles record with Lewis Hamilton.

Constructor’s Championship Award

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The constructor who scores the most points in an F1 World Championship season is crowned the Formula One World Constructor’s Championship. If the car’s engine is constructed by the same company, then the car’s name is the name of that constructor, e.g. Ferrari. Whereas if the engine and chassis of the car are constructed by two different companies, the car’s maker is also taken as two separate makes, and points are scored individually. Ferrari holds the record for the highest number of world championships victories, having won the title on 16 occasions.

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