Automotive industry has significantly influenced the beginnings and the development of Formula 1. Among the most important, we have automobile manufacturers, engine and tyre suppliers. Here’s a list of some of the most influential brands in the F1 universe.
The very beginning of the F1 championship was defined by Ferrari, an automobile manufacturer with a really long history. Although plenty of other Italian teams participated in Formula 1 races during the 1950s, only Ferrari has managed to stay relevant.
Although not in the business of manufacturing cars, engines or tyres, Shell has been a vital part of F1 since its beginnings. Ever since it teamed up with Ferrari, oil industry has remained an important source of funding for races.
The history of Formula 1 began right after the World War Two, but at first German teams were not allowed to participate. It was in 1954 that Mercedes joined F1 racing, which was also the year that marked the end of the Italian dominance.
During its first decades, Formula 1 was a championship dominated by automobile manufacturers. It wasn’t until the appearance of Ford that the situation changed. Ford’s DFV engine was both reliable and powerful, and it allowed independent manufacturers, such as Lotus and McLaren, to claim their place in the history of F1.
During the 1970s, Formula 1 was defined by the tobacco brands that became an important source of funding. Marlboro was only one of them, but it remained influential during the decades to come. It is the only brand of this type that’s people still associate with racing.
It was in 1977 that Renault first entered Formula 1. At first, this team was a complete disaster, largely due to its unreliable turbo engine. During the next couple of years, however, it managed to take its place at the top.
Apart from car manufacturers, engine suppliers and many different sponsors, Formula 1 was also defined by tyre suppliers. One of the most influential is Pirelli, a company that manufactures two types of tyres that are in accordance with F1 regulations, as stated on Pirelli racing webpage, one for wet and one for dry surfaces.