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When was the term F1 introduced ?

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#1 William Hunt

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Posted 10 September 2001 - 01:00

When was the term "Formula 1" introduced.

Which names were used before besides Formula Libre ?


#2 Don Capps

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Posted 10 September 2001 - 01:36

I am sure can unearth the previous threads on this for you, but the Readers' Digest version is that starting with the 1947 season the CSI of the now FIA make the decision to rename the "Grand Prix" or "International" formula which then became "Formula A" which then morphed into "Formula One" by the 1949/1950 period.

The "Voiturette" formula was ditto for 1948 -- Formula B -- and then became "Formula Two."

#3 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 10 September 2001 - 04:08

Denis Jenkinson wrote in his article about the FIA history in Georgano's Encyclopaedia that "With the serious resumption of racing in 1947 the Grand Prix category was known as Formula 1".

Adriano Cimarosti made the statement in his History book in the 1947 chapter that "at the end of 1946 the newly formed FIA decided to establish new rules for Grand Prix racing, and for the first time the term 'Formula One' was applied."

Well, Denis Jenkinson and Adriano Cimarosti were both wrong. It was called Formula A not yet F1. We know that from Laurence Pomeroy and Rodney Walkerley, two great journalists at that time, each an established authority in their field. They wrote about racing during the forties.

Also, check out this thread:http://www.atlasf1.c...&threadid=24939