You’dexpect any form of motorsport to change a lot over six decades, but it’s kind of shocking to learn just how different Formula 1 was in the 1950s compared to now. This video from WTF1 highlights many of the oddities of 1950’s F1, making it sound like a totally different sport than the one we know today.
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I won’t give away the entire video, but some tidbits are worth sharing. For example, did you know that in the 1950s, drivers were actually nice to each other? At the 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix, Mike Hawthorne was disqualified after finishing in 2nd place for bump-starting his car, but Stirling Moss successfully petitioned the stewards to reinstate Hawthorne’s finish. This move effectively cost Moss the championship, handing it over to Hawthorne. Not something you’d see happen today.
The Indy 500 was also an F1 championship race in those days, despite not many actual F1 drivers participating. American driver Pat Flaherty actually finished 5th in the 1956 F1 driver’s championship simply for winning the Indy 500 that year. He didn’t enter any other F1 races.
Now, we’re just curious what F1 will be like in the 2070s. Maybe the drivers will start liking each other again.