Only 1,000 races, surely not! Some people can hardly believe that this weekend’s Chinese GP is Formula One’s 1000th race. So much has happened since the start of the championship in 1950: drivers have come and gone, teams have joined and faded but the racing remains the same. Let’s hope this weekend’s race lives up to expectations!
F1 in a 1000 races
Formula One celebrates it’s 1,000th race this weekend in China. It’s amazing that the sport has been going so long – since 1950 – in fact. On the run-up to this weekend, Liberty Media have been publicly counting down the number of races until this weekend and have even brought out a number of commemorative items: a limited-edition poster with the name of every Grand Prix winner, a limited-edition Chinese GP poster and a black 1000th GP t-shirt are on sale. A competition is also being run with a number of prizes to be won. The Formula One website is also counting down some of “F1’s Best Drives”.
Toro Rosso also have a reason to celebrate…
This weekend also marks 250 races that Toro Rosso have participated in since the team joined the sport in 2006. Formed from the back-marker team, Minardi, Toro Rosso functions under the same brand as it’s sister team Red Bull. As a junior team, Toro Rosso grow and develop young drivers in the hope of promotion to the senior team. As a result, 5 drivers have progressed to the senior team.
- Drivers: Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed, Sebastian Vettel, Sebastien Bourdais, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastian Buemi, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr, Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley and Alexander Albon.
- Race Wins: 1 (2008 Italian GP)
- Fastest Laps: 1 (2016 Spanish GP)
- Pole Positions: 1 (2008 Italian GP)
- Highest Championship finish: 6th, 39pts (2008 F1 Season)
My Favourite F1 race is…
My favourite Formula One race has to be the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix. It was a race that had it all and showed exactly why a driver in motorsport should never ever give up, even if you’ve crashed into your team-mate, collided with a double world champion or been in the pits six times.
By all accounts, this was a very wet race. The heavens had opened and rain poured on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with the Safety Car leading the field until Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel led the way. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton tangled with the Red Bull of Mark Webber which invited the McLaren of Jenson Button to get involved. The McLaren team-mates clashed after an unsighted Hamilton was forced into the wall by Button. A new set of tyres along with a stop and go penalty left Button 15th. The race was then suspended for 2 long hours as a rainstorm soaked the circuit even more. The rainstorm passed and the race now back underway thanks once again to the Safety Car. Button, making his way up the field, collided with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso which brought out the Safety Car. Another pit-stop for a puncture left Button 24th and last. Button sliced through the field and made his pit-stop for the dry tyres at the right time. Button overtook Webber and Mercedes Michael Schumacher for 2nd with only a few laps to go. Time was running out for Button but on the last lap, Vettel ran wide, losing the rear of the car with Button sailing through to claim a shock victory.