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Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
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The World Drivers’ Championship, which became the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1981, has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950.
The word formula in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants’ cars must conform.
Six drivers, including F1 championship rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, will start towards the rear of the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix after receiving penalties for power unit and gearbox changes.
Verstappen, Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas, and Mick Schumacher will make up the back six places on the grid at Sunday’s race after all six drivers had multiple components changed on their cars that took them over their quota for the year.
Engine penalties exist in F1 in order to promote cost saving. The amount of engine and gearbox components used on each car is capped per season, with grid penalties applied to drivers who exceed their quota.
Car manufacturer Audi has confirmed it will enter Formula One in 2026 as a power unit constructor.
The news was announced following the sign-off of F1’s new engine regulations for 2026, which will provide Audi with an opportunity to enter the sport on more equal terms with existing power unit manufacturers.
The project will be based at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg, Germany, near the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, where Audi has already set up test benches for F1 engines.
“Motorsport is an integral part of Audi’s DNA,” Markus Duesmann, the chairman of Audi’s board of management, said. “Formula One is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory.
Audi confirms 2026 F1 entry
Audi has finally confirmed plans to enter F1 in 2026 as a power unit manufacturer. Further information on which team they will be lining up with will be announced by the end of this year.
Earlier this month, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the new F1 engine regulations that will come into effect in 2026. These new rules will see the complex MGU-H system (which captures energy from exhaust gases) scrapped altogether. Given that the system has little relevance to road cars, it didn’t make much sense for new manufacturers to commit large funds for its development.
Audi will build its own powertrains at its motorsport headquarters in Neuburg, Germany, and both CEO Markus Duesmann and technical boss Oliver Hoffman have suggested the development programme will inform development of electrified road cars.
“This is the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 powertrain will be built in Germany,” Audi notes. Paddock rumours suggest a potential tie up with Sauber – which currently runs its cars under the Alfa Romeo banner.
Formula 1 fans can finally rejoice as the 2022 season is all set to return from its summer break today at the Belgian Grand Prix, set to be held at the 7.004 km long Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
After winning the Hungarian Grand Prix, starting from the 10th spot on the grid, Max Verstappen sits on top of the 2022 driver standings with 258 points – 80 points clear off Charles Leclerc who sits on second. Ferrari’s poor strategy calls at the last GP ended up costing Leclerc some valuable points that could see him close in on the gap with Verstappen.
After five consecutive podiums, Lewis Hamilton will be looking to end his winless drought, with Mercedes aiming to climb to the second spot in the Constructor standings. However, after a few disappointing results, Ferrari will be desperate to make a comeback.