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.
Sebastian Vettel seemed destined for his first ever victory at Hockenheim but dramatically hit the barriers in the final stages. Lewis Hamilton seized the chance to claim victory, confirmed after a steward's enquiry.
The 2018 season is shaping up to be Sebastian Vettel's best chance yet to win a title in a scarlet Ferrari. That said, Mercedes are hot on his heels despite having had the lion's share of misfortune this season so far.
There's every chance that this weekend's German Grand Prix could be the last for some time. The Nürburgring fell into financial disarray years ago, while Hockenheim can't afford to make a loss on the race every year.
Sebastian Vettel sealed his fourth win of the season to extend his advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship. Hamilton was forced to settle for second in front of his home fans as temperatures soared.