Now in its 18th year, the FIA Historic Formula One Championship is simply the fastest museum in the world. If you stand in the paddock and look about you during a race weekend you could quite easily have stepped back in time to an era of motorsport that will live forever as a golden age; there’s Fittipaldi… there’s Rosberg… Piquet… Stewart, Lauda…!
The FIA Historic Formula One Championship recreates that bygone age thanks to the dedication and passion of the gentlemen drivers – and their teams – who now own and care for those fantastic cars. Running exactly as they were in period and featuring 3ltr grand prix cars from 1966 and 1985, the field covers a 20-year period of F1 racing. Whilst the likes of Patrese, Surer et al are unlikely to be putting in an appearance, the current class of pilots are no slouches; cars are often prepared and developed to a higher level than they were in period and the drivers are pushing themselves and their machines to the limits. Recognising the commitment and the quality of the Championship, the governing body of motorsport, the FIA, has duly awarded the FIA Historic Formula One Championship its ‘official championship’ status, placing HFO at the very top of the historic racing world.
Naturally, with a field spanning some 20 years, there is a speed differential between older cars such as Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell 001 and the latter machines like the Patrese-driven Brabham BT49. To level the playing field, the championship is split into 4 classes according to age range and points are scored within the class thus giving all drivers the chance to claim the overall FIA trophy at the end of the season.
In 2011, HFO has raced at some of the most challenging circuits there are: Hockenheim, the RedBull Ring, Brands Hatch and Monza. After the Nurburgring the Championship heads to Portimao in the Algarve and onto Jarama for the final race of the season.
For more information on HFO, visit the website www.historicformulaone.com