On the 18th of March in Melbourne, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton will be starting his defence of the Formula One Driver’s Championship for the second successive year and going for the fourth title of his career, which only started in 2007.
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is one of the most picturesque venues out of the 21 in the 2016 calendar – making it the longest F1 season in history – and it will provide an appropriate setting for the start of one of the most eagerly anticipated Championships in years.
In fact, 2016 is a significant year in motor sport for a number of reasons – in May the 100th Indianapolis 500 race will take place in Speedway, Indiana and with Formula E in just it’s second season we’ll get another indication as to what the future of motor sport holds
To celebrate all of this and more, we decided to create an infographic which chronicles some of the fascinating history of motor racing from all corners of the globe. We take a look at the tracks where the drama unfolded, and some of the most amazing achievements so far, such as Sterling Moss completing the 1,000 mile Mille Miglia in 1955 at an average speed of nearly 100mph, or Markko Martin’s 187 foot jump at 2003’s Rally Finland, travelling at 106mph!
We’re all excited to see if Hamilton can make it a hat-trick, and ‘Driving Force: A History of Motor Racing’ should whet the appetite even more for what should be an amazing year for motor racing around the world.