8 Reasons Why F1 Was Weird In The 1950s

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You would dexpect any form of motorsport to change the lot over six decades, but ...

You would dexpect any form of motorsport to change the lot over six decades, but it is kind of shocking to learn just how different F1 was in the 1950s compared to now.

The video below from WTF1 highlights many of the oddities of 1950’s F1, making it sound like the totally different sport than the one we know today.

I won’t give away the entire video, and some tidbits are worth sharing. For example, did you know that in the 1950s, the drivers were actually nice to each other?

At the 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix, Mike Hawthorn was disqualified after finishing in 2nd place for bump-starting his vehicle, but Stirling Moss successfully petitioned the stewards to reinstate Hawthorn’s finish.

This move effectively cost Moss a championship, handing it over to Hawthorn. Not something you would see happen today.

The Indy 500 was also the F1 championship race in those days, despite not many actual Formula 1 drivers participating.

American driver Pat Flaherty actually finished 5th in 1956 F1 driver’s championship simply for winning the Indy 500 that year. And he didn’t enter any other Formula 1 races.

Now, we are just curious what F1 will be like in the 2070s. Maybe drivers will start liking each other again.

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That was nuts. Wait until you see the next video below.