The history of Formula 1 is a long and interesting one. It features many famous faces, as well as numerous technological advancements that have been made during the years since its founding. Among the hundreds of people who have helped shape it into what it is today, there are those who are less and those who are more important. Here’s a list of people who are considered to be the most influential in the history of Formula 1.
Ecclestone is probably the most important person when it comes to Formula 1. Apart from being a greatly influential business magnate, he is also the chief executive of the F1 Group. This is the company that manages not only Formula 1, but also the commercial rights to F1 racing as such.
As the founder of the Ferrari company, Enzo deserves a place on this list regardless of the fact that he passed away during the 1980s. Apart from being a successful businessman, Enzo was also a great motor racing driver.
Also known as the Pope, Andersson was one of the most influential people in the F1 universe. He was a successful Swedish driver, but that’s not where his career ended. During the years, he managed to become the first head of the famous Toyota F1 program.
When talking about the most influential people in Formula 1, there are a couple of drivers that can’t go unmentioned. One of them is Senna, a driver from Brazil who’s managed to win three Formula 1 championships while racing for McLaren. He was especially good in bad weather conditions.
Best known as the founder of Lotus Cars, Chapman was one of the greatest inventors in the field of car industry. Skilled in aeronautical engineering, he managed to improve the overall performance of racing cars, especially by making them a lot lighter.
Marco Tronchetti Provera
Although he’s not as famous as others that are on this list, Marco Tronchetti Provera is one of the more influential people in the racing world. His position as the CEO of Pirelli, a company that manufactures F1 tyres, makes him deserving of the place on this list. Tronchetti Provera is also part of the board of Mediobanca and many others companies in Italy.