The world's fastest, most expensive motor sports series. Formula One's tradition heartland is in Europe, and especially the UK, although Italy, Germany, and France all played key roles in the sport's development.
Nowadays, roughly half of the F1 season takes place on other continents, watched by a global television audience of well over 500 million people each year. Germany waited decades for its first ever Formula One world champion, then generated two multiple champions in quick succession. Michael Schumacher won seven drivers' titles between 1994 and 2004, Sebastian Vettel won four in a row from 2010 to 2013. Lewis Hamilton is the reigning drivers' champion, his Mercedes team comfortably claimed the constuctors' crown in 2014. This pages is a collection of DW's recent content on the world's premier motor racing series.
Lewis Hamilton survived constant pressure from Sebastian Vettel in Belgium to halve the gap at the head of the drivers' championship. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished third, but it was a bad day for Max Verstappen.
"I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard through the rest of the season," said Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel has apologized as the pair put their bad blood behind them.
Lewis Hamilton flies through a thrilling final lap to seal pole position in Baku. The Mercedes driver was in scintillating form, with German driver Sebastian Vettel forced to make do with a place on the second row.