List of Formula One constructors
The following is a list of Formula One constructors. In Formula One motor racing, constructors are people or corporate entities which design key parts of Formula One cars that have competed or are intended to compete in the FIA World Championship. Since 1981, it has been a requirement that each competitor must have the exclusive rights to the use of certain key parts of their car – in 2018, these parts were the survival cell, the front impact structure, the roll structures and bodywork.
Terminology: constructors vs. teams
In Formula One racing the terms "constructor" and "entrant" have specific and differing meanings. An entrant is the person or corporate entity that registers a car and driver for a race, and is then responsible for preparing and maintaining that car during the race weekend. As a result of this preparation role and active involvement in the running of the race, the term "team" has become commonly applied to an entrant organisation.
Under Article 6.3 of the FIA Sporting Regulations, "A constructor is the person (including any corporate or unincorporated body) which designs the Listed Parts set out in Appendix 6. The make of an engine or chassis is the name attributed to it by its constructor." These "listed parts" include the survival cell, the front impact structure, the roll structures and bodywork. However, if the chassis and engine are made by different entities, the constructor comprises both (e.g. McLaren-Mercedes, Lotus-Climax etc.), with the name of the chassis constructor being placed before that of the engine constructor. As both engine and chassis are included in the constructor name, chassis run with different engines (e.g. Williams-Ford, Williams-Honda) are counted as two separate constructors and score points separately.
Under article 6.2 of the FIA sporting regulations, "The title of Formula One World Champion Constructor will be awarded to the competitor which has scored the highest number of points". Up until the 1979 season, most seasons saw only the highest-scoring driver in each race for each constructor contributing points towards the World Constructors' Championship, but the current rules state that points from both cars entered by each constructor will count towards their championship total.
Since the 1981 season the FIA have required that Formula One entrants own the intellectual rights to the chassis that they enter, and so the terms "entrant" and "constructor", and hence also "team", have become synonymous.
Before this time, constructors were free to sell their chassis to as many other teams as they liked. Brabham and Lotus chassis were used extensively by other teams during the 1960s and 1970s and several quite competitive teams never built their own chassis. Rob Walker Racing Team was the most successful example, being responsible for the first victories in Formula One for both Cooper and Lotus. The concept of a "works" or "factory" team (i.e. the official team of the company producing the cars, as opposed to a customer team which buys them off the shelf) therefore applied to chassis in the same way as it does in rallying and sports car racing.
There have been some recent exceptions where a specialist company, not itself entered in the championship, has been commissioned to design and build a chassis for a team; Lola built cars for Larrousse and Scuderia Italia in the late 1980s and early 1990s, for example. Larousse had their points from the 1990 season erased after the FIA decided that they had falsely nominated themselves and not Lola as the chassis constructor. In 1978, the new Arrows team which had been established by former Shadow personnel was sued by Shadow on the grounds that the Arrows FA/1 car was a copy of Shadow's DN9 – a view upheld by the UK High Court, which placed a ban on Arrows racing the FA/1.
There have been more recent cases with Ligier (1995), Sauber (2004), Scuderia Toro Rosso (2006 & 2007) and Super Aguri (2007 & 2008) where teams have been accused of using a chassis produced by another constructor (respectively Benetton, Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Honda). No action was taken against any of these teams, the sporting authorities being satisfied in each case that the team owned the intellectual property to the chassis they raced.
From the middle of the 1973 season until the end of the 2013 season, each team had permanent racing numbers from race to race throughout the season. Between 1974 and 1995 the numbers were based on the teams' finishing positions in the 1973 Constructors' Championship (with slight modifications, e.g. Ferrari´s traditional numbers were 11-12 until 1980 and 27-28 from 1981 onwards) and each team only changed numbers if they had the driver who had won the World Drivers' Championship in the previous season - the winning driver taking the number 1 and his teammate the number 2, and the team that had previously had those numbers switching to the newly-vacated ones. Between 1996 and 2013 the numbers were based on the teams' finishing positions in the Constructors' Championship from the previous season, with numbers 1-2 assigned to the defending champion and his teammate. During the period of 1974-1995 Tyrrell was the only team to keep the same numbers (3 and 4) every season. Since 2014, racing numbers have been assigned to drivers instead of teams.
The number of cars entered by one team into a single race was not strictly limited in the 1950s and early 1960s. Since the 1963 season teams were generally allowed to enter only two regular cars, with the third car reserved for an occasional driver. Entering more than three cars was exceptionally tolerated, most notably regarding the BRM team in the 1971 and 1972 seasons. However, many teams during this period entered only two cars, e.g. Ferrari have entered no more than two cars (with one exception at the 1976 Italian Grand Prix in connection with Lauda's comeback) every season since 1973. Since the 1985 season the FIA have required that teams enter no more than two cars for a race.[a]
Unlike drivers who are required to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship under the nationality of their passport, the FIA's International Sporting Code states that teams competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship shall compete under the nationality of their parent National Automobile Club that issued their FIA racing licence. On the basis of this regulation, despite the fact that most current teams are based in the UK, this country is officially represented in Formula One only by teams holding a racing licence issued by the British National Sporting Authority. Teams take the nationality of their parent National Automobile Club that issued their licence for the period of validity of that licence and the change of the nationality is allowed. Several teams changed their nationality during their competition in Formula One, some of them even twice (e.g. Shadow in 1976 from American to British, Benetton in 1996 from British to Italian, Red Bull in 2007 from British to Austrian, Renault in 2011 from French to British and in 2016 back to French). Benetton is the only team to have achieved victories while racing under two different nationalities. Before the arrival of sponsorship liveries in 1968 team's nationality determined the colour of a car entered by the team; thus, Italian teams' cars were rosso corsa red, French were bleu de France blue, and British (with several exceptions, such as Rob Walker, Brabham and McLaren) were British racing green. Since the licence is given to a team and not to a constructor, privateer teams entering cars built by constructors from another country before the 1968 season painted cars in the national colour of their home country, e.g. the French Guy Ligier´s privateer team entered cars painted in bleu de France blue which were built by the British constructor Cooper in 1966 and 1967 seasons.
Relating to the team's nationality because of teams' bases in Britain several mistakes occurred on official entry lists issued by or podium ceremonies organized by the FIA or race organisers, e.g. Wolf holding the Canadian nationality and Shadow (in 1973) and Penske holding the American nationality all identified as the British by official entry lists, or the British national anthem played on the podium in honour of the winning Jordan and Red Bull (in 2009) holding the Irish and Austrian nationality respectively.
- Correct as of the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix
Key: Races Entered = Number of individual races entered; Races Started = Number of individual races started; Drivers = Number of drivers; Total Entries = Total number of race entries; Wins = Number of races won; Points = Number of World Constructors' Championship points scored; Poles = Number of pole positions; FL = Number of fastest laps; Podiums = Number of podium finishes; WCC = World Constructors' Championships won; WDC = World Drivers' Championships won.
|Constructor||Engine||Licensed in||Based in||Seasons||Races Entered||Races Started||Drivers||Total Entries||Wins||Points||Poles||FL||Podiums||WCC||WDC||First Grand Prix||Antecedent teams|
|Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||Switzerland[b]|| Italy[c]
|143||143||20||301||10||112||12||14||26||0||2||1950 British|| Sauber|
/ BMW Sauber
|AlphaTauri||Honda||Italy||Italy||2020–present||12||12||2||24||1||77||0||0||1||0||0||2020 Austrian|| Minardi (1985–2005),|
Toro Rosso (2006–2019)
|Haas||Ferrari||United States|| United States
|McLaren||Renault||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||1966–present||879||875||50||1827||182||5477.5||155||157||488||8||12||1966 Monaco|
|222||222||11||456||112||5547||124||82||230||6||8||1954 French||Tyrrell (1970–1998), BAR (1999–2005), Honda (2006–2008), Brawn (2009)|
|Racing Point||BWT Mercedes[e]||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||2019–present [f]||33||33||3||66||0||199||0||0||1||0||0||2019 Australian||Jordan (1991–2005), Midland (2006), Spyker (2007), Force India (2008–2018), Force India (2018)|
|Red Bull||Honda||Austria[g]||United Kingdom||2005–present||299||298||10||596||63||4950.5||62||67||179||4||4||2005 Australian||Stewart (1997–1999), Jaguar (2000–2004)|
|398||395||26||778||35||1716||51||32||101||2||2||1977 British||Toleman (1981–1985), / Benetton (1986–2001), Lotus (2012–2015)|
|Williams||Mercedes||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||1978–present||732||731||43||1383||114||3561||128||133||312||9||7||1978 Argentine|
Key: Races Entered = Number of individual races entered; Races Started = Number of individual races started; Drivers = Number of drivers; Total Entries = Total number of race entries; Wins = Number of races won; Points = Number of Constructors' Championship points scored; Poles = Number of pole positions; FL = Number of fastest laps; Podiums. = Number of podium finishes; WCC = Constructors' Championships won; WDC = Drivers' Championships won.
Note: Until 1965 every constructor was licensed in the country where it was really based. In 1965 Japanese constructor Honda moved their team from Tokyo to Amsterdam, Netherlands, followed in 1966 by American constructor Eagle which was based in Rye, East Sussex, UK. Since the early 2000s most constructors have been based in the United Kingdom, but licensed in another country.
Indianapolis 500 only
Constructors whose only World Championship participation was in the Indianapolis 500 from 1950 to 1960. All were American-based and licensed.
The following are privateer teams which never built their own chassis, and thus were not "constructors":
Privateer teams by number of wins
|Privateer team||Number of wins||First win||Last win||Constructor(s)|
|Matra International/Tyrrell Racing||10||1968 Dutch Grand Prix||1970 Spanish Grand Prix||Matra* (9), March** (1)|
|Rob Walker Racing||9||1958 Argentine Grand Prix||1968 British Grand Prix||Cooper** (4), Lotus** (5)|
|FISA||1||1961 French Grand Prix***||1961 French Grand Prix||Ferrari|
* All constructor's wins
** First win for the constructor
*** Team's only championship race
- List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions
- List of Formula One Grand Prix winners (constructors)
- List of automobile manufacturers
- Renault became the last team to have entered three cars for a race at the 1985 German Grand Prix, but only two of their cars were eligible for championship points.
- Alfa Romeo had an Italian licence in 1950–1951 and 1979–1985.
- Between 1950–1951 and 1979–1985.
- Between 1954–1955.
- Racing Point F1 Team uses Mercedes power units. For sponsorship purposes, these engines are rebadged as "BWT Mercedes".
- In 2021, Racing Point is set to become Aston Martin.
- Red Bull had a British licence in 2005 and 2006.
- Renault had a British licence in 2011.
- Between 1977–1985.
- In 1949 and 1950, AFM participated in the German Formula 2 championship.
- From 1950 to 1957, Alta was also an engine manufacturer for teams HWM, Cooper and Connaught.
- Arrows were known as Footwork from 1991 to 1996.
- In 1964 and 1967, ATS was an engine manufacturer for teams Derrington-Francis and Cooper, racing at the 1964 Italian and 1967 British Grands Prix with Mário de Araújo Cabral and Silvio Moser.
- BAR formerly Tyrrell; subsequently became Honda, then Brawn, then Mercedes.
- Benetton formerly Toleman; subsequently became Renault, then Lotus F1 and again, Renault.
- From 1986 to 1995 Benetton had a British licence; from 1996 to 2001, an Italian one.
- Coloni subsequently became Andrea Moda.
- Points not awarded prior to 1958.
- Racing Point Force India formerly Jordan, Midland, Spyker and Force India; subsequently became Racing Point.
- Force India formerly Jordan, Midland and Spyker; subsequently became Racing Point Force India.
- Frank Williams Racing Cars includes Politoys (1972), Iso–Marlboro (1973–1974) and Wolf–Williams (1976) cars. Prior to 1972 FWRC ran customer chassis. Subsequently became Wolf. Williams Grand Prix Engineering was a new constructor established by Frank Williams and Patrick Head after Williams left Wolf–Williams.
- Jaguar formerly Stewart Grand Prix. Subsequently became Red Bull Racing.
- Jordan subsequently became Midland F1 Racing, then Spyker, then Force India.
- Leyton House formerly March Engineering.
- Ligier subsequently became Prost Grand Prix.
- Lola includes Larrousse (1990) and Mastercard Lola (1997) entries.
- March subsequently became Leyton House Racing, later reappearing as March for one final season.
- Marussia formerly Virgin Racing, subsequently became Manor Racing.
- Midland formerly Jordan Grand Prix; subsequently became Spyker F1, then Force India.
- Minardi subsequently became Scuderia Toro Rosso, then AlphaTauri.
- Osella subsequently became Fondmetal.
- Prost formerly Ligier.
- From 1993 to 2005 and from 2011 to 2018 as Sauber; from 2006 to 2010 as BMW Sauber; subsequently became Alfa Romeo.
- From 1993 to 2005 and from 2010 to 2018 Sauber had a Swiss licence (in 2010 as BMW Sauber); from 2006 to 2009, a German one (as BMW Sauber).
- Points awarded from seasons 1993–2018.
- From 1973 to 1975 Shadow had an American licence; from 1976 to 1980, a British one.
- Spyker formerly Jordan Grand Prix and Midland F1 Racing; subsequently became Force India.
- Stewart subsequently became Jaguar Racing.
- Toleman subsequently became Benetton Formula.
- Scuderia Toro Rosso formerly Minardi; subsequently became AlphaTauri.
- Tyrrell subsequently became British American Racing.
- Virgin subsequently became Marussia F1, then Manor Racing.
- Wolf formerly Frank Williams Racing Cars.
- In 1952 and 1953 Scuderia Platé built their own engines for the Maserati-Platé 4CLT.
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