This is undoubtedly a question many are asking today. Is Formula One the most popular sport today? At the turn of the previous century, Formula One racing was only really for the rich. Not for those of us who could enjoy spending money just on racing at the weekends.
Formula One racing has the most significant television viewing audience in the world. Formula One today has ratings which are on par with the football World Cup. Obviously, this kind of attention will always attract corporate sponsorship.
It isn’t surprising, considering the sponsors and money thrown at F1, as to why so many countries nowadays wish to stage this prestigious event. It is actually considered such a status symbol, that more countries want to stage the Formula One races than there are available dates.
When it comes to most sports, you will always have your champions, and with Formula One this is the same. Most Formula One drivers have to be extremely fit athletes. A few known drivers who will be on the grid for the 2019 season include:
- Lewis Hamilton, who won his first Formula One Championship in 2003
- Valtteri Bottas, who won his first Formula One race in 2017
- Sebastian Vettel who won his first Formula One race in 2008
- Max Verstappen who won his first big F1 championship race in 2015
A leader of a team is normally known as the key player or the boss. Picking your team can at times be tricky and you need to understand how to go about it. Many team leaders will go and recruit on small race tracks and head hunt for upcoming stars of the future. That is exactly how Lewis Hamilton was first spotted. Some of those teams that come to mind are:
- Ferrari; This Italian team first serfaced in 1950. With 16 world championships to their name drivers like Felipe Messa and Fernando Alonso they have nowadays become a team to watch.
- Williams; This UK team first came around in 1975 and today have nine titles. They have been making headlines with great drivers such as Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenburg.
- McLaren; another UK based team, the first season they appeared was 1966, with the team boss being Martin Whitmarsh. The McLaren team took eight world championships, and the drivers have included Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.