Somebody should say this, I think. I keep hearing about or reading references to the 1000th Grand Prix. The Racing Point preview calls it ‘the 1000th Formula One race’. Mention of the World Championship seems to have gone missing. There haven’t been as many F1 races as there have been Grands Prix, but there have been more than 1000 of each - unless you are talking about F1 World Championship races. I think we all know this, but I wanted to state it anyway.
Yes we've all gone over it many, many times. Correctly it's the 1000th World Drivers' Championship race, going back to when the World Drivers' Championship started at the European/British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. The number includes the 11 Indianapolis 500s that were included in the championship from 1950 to 1960 inclusive, and the two years that the championship was held for F2 cars in 1952 and 1952.
However, seeing as since 1983, Formula 1 and the World Championship have been synonymous (basically since the last non-championship F1 race at Brands Hatch that year - The Race of Champions), it's more convenient to simply say the 1000th F1 race. It's not strictly correct, but it's easier to brand. History buffs will get in a twist about it, but it's hardly the end of the world.
Edited by PayasYouRace, 09 April 2019 - 09:50.