Home of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ since 2012, Circuit of The Americas™ has grown to become one of the most highly-anticipated races on the F1™ calendar.
Though relatively new in terms of Formula 1™ history (the first ever F1 race was held back in 1950, and traces its roots back as far as 1901), the 3.4-mile track, which features an elevation change of 40 metres, was built on the back of tradition. This 20-turn, counter-clockwise circuit drew inspiration from the world’s best tracks, with Turns 3 through 6 paying homage to Silverstone’s high-speed Maggotts/Beckett; Turns 12 through 15 give a nod to Hockenheim's stadium section; and Turns 16 through 18 mirror the famous, multi-apex Turn 8 at Istanbul Park.
With this in mind, we decided to delve deep into the traditions of Formula 1 Racing, and debunk some myths about auto racing’s biggest sport.
Spraying champagne after races has become as much as part of the sport as pitting to change tires. Though many think this celebratory feat is as old as the sport itself, it dates to 1950, when the first-ever French Grand Prix was held at the Gueux Circuit in Reims. Held in champagne country, the winner was presented with a bottle on his win.
In relation to spraying the crowd and fellow drivers, that honor goes to Gurney and A. J. Foyt, winners of the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurney spontaneously shook his bottle of Moët & Chandon and sprayed it on everyone in his vicinity. Since then, it has become a staple of trophy presentations and victory parades.
Why Are All Ferrari’s Red?
Not really a myth, more to do with tradition. Since the 1920s Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia, and later Ferrari and Abarth have been painted in rosso corsa ("racing red"). This was the customary national racing color of Italy as recommended between the world wars by the organizations that later became the FIA. They’ve won 16 constructor titles since 1961, so red has been favorable to them.
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