Formula One has been around since 1950, but Grand Prix racing dates back some decades prior, really gaining popularity in the '20s and '30s with those tiny cars that today might pass for soapbox racers. While there are plenty of different ways to race (from street racing to Nascar to drag racing), there's just something to be said for Formula One. It's such an intense competition with machines that have been refined and designed to be the absolute fastest and most aerodynamic things on the road. Every curve, every line, has a purpose. Sometimes that makes them succeed beyond belief, like the legendary McLaren MP4/4, and sometimes it makes them stand out for being a bit foolish, like the Ligier JS5. At the end of the day, though, they're all a part of a year's worth of incredible competition every season.
If you're a fan of Formula One who can tell the difference between the Ferrari M2004 and the Ferrari SF90, if you have a preference between the Lotus 72 and the March 711, then maybe you'll be able to handle this quiz! One way to find out. Cruise on in and see how many of these Grand Prix racers you can ID.
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Which of these cars was driven by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber?
Red Bull RB9
The Red Bull RB9 handily managed the 2013 Formula One circuit and won nearly 70% of the races it entered. They were 236 points ahead of the second-place team that year, making the RB9 a true monster.
26 different individuals of which of these models were made back in the '50s?
Alfa Romeo 12C
The Maserati 250F was one of the more long-lived cars in racing history. Most models span a season or two, but the 250F was racing from 1954 through 1957 and managed a total of eight wins and 26 podium appearances.
Legendary drivers Lauda and Prost drove this car. What is it?
The McLaren MP4/2 was a formidable vehicle that managed to win 22 of 48 races and took first in both the '84 and '85 seasons. Its reliability made it a standout because, as Clive James once said, "Anything as fast as the McLarens falls apart, anything as reliable finished later."
Which of these is considered the fastest Formula One car of all time?
Ferrari's F2002 dominated in 2002 and 2003, winning both seasons, though it was replaced midway through 2003 with the F2003, which wasn't as impressive overall as the earlier model had been. In 2002, it won every single race it entered except Monaco.
Technically, this is an F2 car, but rules at the time forced it to be that way. Do you know it?
For the 1952 and 1953 season, the FIA made rules changes that meant cars had to meet F2 standards to race, so the Ferrari 500 is an F2 car technically, but only because it had to be to compete. It was also incredibly good as well and won nearly all of the races it entered.
In 1991, the Williams FW14 had an OK season, but it really took off in 1992, scoring that 164 points over the year. To put that in some perspective relative to the other teams, no one else even cracked 100 points that same year.
Schumacher won 12 of his first 13 races in which of these cars?
Brawn BGP 001
Following up on the success of the F2002, the Ferrari F2004 was a legend on the track and still holds speed records for the fastest lap at three different tracks that are still used for F1 racing. Over the full season, it won 15 of 18 races.
Do you know which of these is the second-most dominant car in Formula One history?
Mercedes W07 Hybrid
With a win percentage above 90%, the Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid is virtually unmatched in the sport. 19 wins, 20 pole positions and 765 points over the season. Only the McLaren MP4/4 in 1988 had a better record.
The Lotus 72 was raced across six entire seasons starting in 1970, making it one of the most long-lived cars in Formula One history. In three of those years, it took first place overall, which is what made it such a memorable vehicle.
This car has the highest win percentage of any F1 car ever. What is it?
In 1998, the McLaren MP4/4 became a monster that is still unrivaled to this day. With a win percentage of 93.75%, no other car in history has matched the performance of this car. It won all but one race and claimed all but one pole position.
For one race, this car had a massive turbine mounted on it, making it a fan car. Do you know what it was?
For a single race that was won by Niki Lauda in 1978, the Brabham BT46 had a massive fan mounted on it. Ostensibly, this fan was meant to provide downforce. It increased cooling and also sucked air out from under the car.
Do you know this car that's powered by the Renault E-Tech 19 engine?
Red Bull RB14
The McLaren MCL34 is McLaren's entry in the 2019 F1 season. The car has the reputation, for better or worse, as being a "best of the rest" vehicle. That means once you get past the top three (being Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull), this is the best of the rest.
Which of these cars won the first and only season it competed in back in 2009?
Brawn BGP 001
Brawn only raced in 2009 with the BGP 001. The car featured something called a double diffuser which some of the other teams contested for its legality but ultimately it was deemed legal. It won 8 of the 17 races in which t competed.
The first fully stressed monocoque chassis was a part of which of these cars?
The Lotus 25 managed to win 14 world championship Grand Prix starting back in 1962. As part of Team Lotus, the car took first place overall in both 1963 and 1965. After 1967, the car was officially retired from the circuit.
Do you know which of these took two world titles and 21 victories?
The McLaren M23 was built for the 1973 racing season. Only 13 chassis were built, but they numbered up to 14 in total thanks to the fact they skipped 13 because 13 is unlucky and they didn't want to jinx anything,
The driver of this car survived a fiery crash at the San Marino Grand Prix. What was it?
The design of the Ferrari 640 was credited with saving the life of driver Gerhard Berger after it crashed in Imola. Despite the intense speed of the crash and the fact it resulted in a brutal fire, Berger only suffered minor burns and some broken ribs thanks to the carbon-fiber frame.
Do you know which of these cars was the first-ever designed by the current chief technical officer of Red Bull's team?
The March 881 was designed for the 1988 season. Though the car didn't win, it still made an impression with some of the feats it pulled off, including being the first naturally aspirated car to ever take the lead at a Grand Prix since 1983.
This car's direct fuel injection was adapted from a WWI German fighter plane. Do you know it?
The Mercedes-Benz W196 raced for the 1954 and 1955 seasons. The fuel injection for the car was directly adapted from the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane, which was one of the primary fighters used by the Nazi Air Force in WWII.
Though it wasn't a hugely successful model in terms of championship wins in the grand scheme of things, the Eagle Mk1 is widely regarded as one of the best-looking cars to ever race in the sport. It was also one of the few cars to ever win a Grand Prix with its own designer behind the wheel.
The Alfa Romeo 12C, as the name implies, was a 12-cylinder car that replaced the standard straight-8 that had been used by Alfa Romeo previously. Despite looking amazing, the car had a serious handling problem that greatly hindered performance.
Which of these cars earned the nickname "cheesegrater"?
The Ensign 179 was rolled out for the 1979 race year, and it turned heads for all the wrong reasons. The radiator grille legitimately looked like a massive cheese grater running right up the center of the vehicle. It failed to qualify seven times, and despite the massive radiator, it had a problem with overheating.
Despite not being a Sauber, which of these sports a Sauber engine?
Renault R.S. 19
Alfa Romeo C38
The Alfa Romeo C38 was introduced for the 2019 season and features a Sauber engine. In February of 2019, Sauber and Alfa Romeo struck a deal to rebadge the engine. The car debuted at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.
Which of these cars is currently being driven by four-time champ Sebastian Vettel?
In 2019, Ferrari debuted its SF90 at the Australian Grand Prix. Both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are currently driving it. The name SF90 is in honor of Ferrari's 90th anniversary. The car managed a trio of first-place wins in 2019.
Do you know which of these was manufactured by Dallara?
Italian manufacturer Dallara produced the Haas VF-19 for the 2019 season. The Haas team made their debut for the 2016 F1 season after having to postpone their 2015 debut. They don't have any championships yet, but they do seem to be getting better year over year.
Which of these was the first car built by its team?
Racing Point RP19
The Racing Point RP19 was the debut car from the Racing point F1 team after they bought out the Force India Formula One team. The team is based in Silverstone, England, and competes as SportPesa to acknowledge the sports betting site that sponsors them.
Do you know which of these is the first car from its team with a Honda engine?
Red Bull RB15
The Red Bull RB15 is the team's entry for the 2019 season and the first Red Bull ever to be outfitted with a Honda engine. The team won the Austrian Grand Prix as well as the German Grand Prix and ranked third overall.
Which of these cars only scored 39 points in its first 12 round in 2019?
Eifelland Type 21
Force India VJM11
Renault R.S. 19
The Renault F1 Team fielded the R.S.19 for the 2019 season. A rocky start saw the team underperforming drastically compared to the previous season, and they were even disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix after Racing Point protested Renault's brake system.
The team that runs this car is under the direction of their Red Bull parent team. What is it?
Aston Martin DBR4
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14
The Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 entered the 2019 Formula One season in Australia. This car is the second one in the team's history to be powered by a Honda engine and the first to score a podium since 2008.
The Sauer C37 raced during the 2018 season using a Ferrari engine. Originally, the plan was to use a Honda engine, but a bit of a reorganization of the corporate structure saw the Honda deal fall through, and Ferrari filled in the slot.
This car and manufacturer was only in the 1972 Formula One season. What is it?
Eifelalnd Type 21
The Infamous Eifelland Type 21 still pops up today on lists of the ugliest Formula One cars ever made. The cockpit was designed something like a tank, and that curious protrusion in front blocking the driver's view was a rearview mirror, for some reason.
In 1975, which of these won the Austrian Grand Prix?
The March 751 wasn't winning any beauty contests with a front end that looked like a snowplow. It was also plagued with performance issues, particularly transmission problems. Despite that, it still pulled out a single win in the season at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Which of these cars was the final car entered into F1 Racing by the team behind it?
Honda hasn't raced F1 since 2008 when it fielded the RA108 with its weird "Dumbo ears" wings in the front and an overall subpar design that only scored the team four points finishes in the entire season. They packed up shop and haven't gone back to it in over a decade since.
The Ligier JS5 from 1976 was pretty thoroughly mocked thanks to its huge and impossible-to-miss air intake, which literally looks like a giant teapot or, if you're less kind, a Smurf's hat. Midway through the season after the Spanish Grand Prix, this intake was downsized, and the next version looked more like a normal car.
Do you know which of these cars was called the "tea tray"?
Aero wings are a part of many F1 cars, but the March 711 went a little overboard with their giant front wing that some called a "tea tray" and others compared to an entire ironing board. It was massive.
Do you know which of these was the last car this team raced before their bankruptcy?
Force India VJM11
The Force India VJM11 debuted at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. Later that year, Force India was forced to file bankruptcy, and their assets, including the VJM11, were picked up by Racing Point, who kept the Force India name going as Racing Point Force India.
Which of these was the only car fielded by this team ever?
The Manor MRT05 debuted for the 2016 Formula One season with three rookies taking duties behind the wheel. The team had never raced before, and they never raced again, as they ended up folding entirely just two years later.
They called this the "six-wheeler." Do you know it?
The Tyrell P34 was designed in 1975 and is, to this day, one of the easiest to recognize Formula One cars ever built thanks to the fact that it has two extra wheels on it. It was actually fairly successful for a year or so, but then changes in technology made it less so, and finally, in 1977, the rules stated a firm "four wheels only."
Which of these was the first car produced by British Racing Motors?
Red Bull RB12
BRM Type 15
The BRM Type 15 was created in the early 1950s and featured a supercharged 1.5L British Racing Motors V16 engine, which, at the time, was head and shoulders above the competition in terms of power. When it debuted, it moved only a few inches before the drive shaft failed.
This car won the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix. Do you know it?
The Cooper T43 made some history in 1958 when it became the very first mid-engine car to win a World Driver's Championship. Technology being what it is, the T43 was replaced pretty quickly by the T45, though.
Which of these cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959?
Aston Martin DBR4
The Aston Martin DBR4 was a bit of a precursor, at least in the world of racing, to the Aston Martin DB5, which would become world-famous as James Bond's preferred mode of transportation. After the DBR5, Aston Martin abandoned racing to focus on its sports cars and super-spies.