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 won the Brazilian Grand Prix as Mercedes sealed the F1 constructors' championship for a fifth straight year. Max Verstappen led before a bizarre crash with Esteban Ocon and the pair clashed after the race.
Only Michael Schumacher has had more success in Formula 1. And Lewis Hamilton might yet haul him in. For DW's Mark Hallam, Hamilton's "greatest rival" Fernando Alonso summed up the Brit's place in the sport's history.
Both Red Bull drivers will sit atop the grid for Sunday's Mexico Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo earning pole position. Lewis Hamilton will start in the second row as he looks to wrap up his fifth drivers' championship.
The coronation has been postponed. Lewis Hamilton will have to wait a bit longer for his fifth world title after finishing third at the US Grand Prix in Austin, won by Kimi Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has secured his 81st career pole position and taken a major step toward his fifth career Formula One championship. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's US Grand Prix in fifth.
Lewis Hamilton eased to another victory, this time in Japan, to move to within touching distance of a fifth Formula One title. The Mercedes driver led from start to finish as Sebastian Vettel endured a turbulent race.
Lewis Hamilton produced a fine drive under the lights in Singapore to move 40 points clear in the championship. The Mercedes driver finished clear of Max Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel was off the pace in third.