GIZMAGThe world's premier television sport had a major birthday this week. On May 13, 1950, the first ever Formula One World Championship race was held at the UK’s Silverstone motor racing circuit with Alfa Romeo storming to an historic 1-2-3 podium lockout. Italian Giuseppe Farina, nephew of the founder of the influential automotive stylist Pininfarina, dominated proceedings in his 300 bhp Alfa Romeo 158 ('15' for 1,500cc and '8' for 8 cylinders), with the three Alfas two laps clear of the 21-strong field. F1's influence has grown over the last 60 years to the point where more than 600 million people watch each race - that is, one in every eleven human beings watches each F1 race.
If the television viewing audiences are to be believed, and the expenditure of billions of advertising dollars globally are based on these figures, then roughly one in eleven human beings on Planet Earth watches each F1 race on average – a truly astonishing fact.
Formula 1 continues to be the most alluring and fascinating of public soap operas – we're not sure if that's due to the massive entourage of press which follow the circus around the globe and focus the microscope on every aspect, or the character of the people which the brightest spotlights attract. Regardless of why, it is undoubtedly the greatest entertainment man has yet synthesized.