Wikipedia:WikiProject Formula One/Conventions

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In addition to the conventions listed on the main WikiProject:Formula One page, this page lists other conventions which are observed through the Project. In the interests of consistency, it is recommended that editors follow these conventions when creating or updating articles.


  • In standard article text, the first mention of a driver, team or manufacturer is wikilinked. (Note that in race results tables, all instances of constructor and engine manufacturer are wikilinked, not just the first instance).
  • Red links should not be created for shortlived non-notable spinoff operations, or minor team figures who are only notable for their involvement in that team.
  • References to specific races link to the individual race article, not the generic race article or the town/circuit, e.g. a sentence about the 1991 season might be written: "At the [[1991 Hungarian Grand Prix|Hungarian Grand Prix]], the team introduced a new rear wing and a new spec engine was available for [[1991 Italian Grand Prix|Monza]]."
  • In most cases, years in F1 articles should link to the article for that year's World Championship, not the generic article for that year, e.g. "1977" is usually linked to 1977 Formula One season, not 1977. The {{F1}} template is useful for this purpose.
  • Most F1-related articles use UK spelling (reflecting Formula One's European origins) unless they are particularly US-related (per WP:ENGVAR). Specifically, "tyre" is used rather than "tire".


  • Driver nationality:
    • UK drivers: Should be identified as "British" with the UK flag in the F1 infobox. The lead should contain a statement of the form "Fred Nerk is/was a British (former) Formula One/racing driver from England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland". Refer to discussion here.
    • Drivers from Catalonia: Are identified in the F1 infobox as "Spanish"
    • Nico Rosberg is identified in his F1 infobox as "German" (the article text explains that he holds dual nationality for both Germany and Finland and competed for Finland earlier in his career)
    • Romain Grosjean is identified in his F1 infobox as "French" (the article text explains that he holds dual French and Swiss nationality)
  • Driver naming:
    • Michael May's first name is written as "Michael" rather than "Michel"
  • Drivers are included in both "Category:<nationality> Formula One drivers" and "Category:<nationality> racing drivers" (e.g. Alain Prost is included in both Category:French Formula One drivers and Category:French racing drivers) even though the former category is a subcategory of the latter, per this discussion.
  • For drivers who have participated as "third/Friday drivers", the seasons in which they competed and the teams they drove for as third/Friday drivers are included in their infobox but the races in which they acted as third/Friday drivers are not included in First/Last race - see Franck Montagny as an example.
  • Period flagicons are used, e.g. South Africa is used for Jody Scheckter, not South Africa
  • The "Teams" field in a driver's infobox is actually populated with a list of the chassis makes the driver drove, rather than a list of teams for which they drove. So, Alain Prost's infobox contains "Teams: McLaren, Renault, Ferrari, Williams", rather than "Teams: Marlboro Team McLaren, Equipe Renault Elf, Marlboro McLaren International, Honda Marlboro McLaren, Scuderia Ferrari, Canon Williams Renault". The main rationale for this is to keep the information in the infobox concise, noting that the team names are listed in the driver's F1 results table.


Team/Entrant/Constructor nationality[edit]

  • Jordan is considered to be Irish
  • Benetton raced with a British licence from 1986 to 1995 and an Italian license from 1996 to 2001
  • Virgin raced with a British licence in 2010 and a Russian one in 2011
  • Renault raced with a French licence from 1977 to 1985 and 2002 to 2010 and a British licence in 2011
  • Sauber raced with a Swiss licence from 1993 to 2005, a German licence (as BMW Sauber) from 2006 to 2009 and a Swiss license from 2010 onwards
  • There was dispute over the nationality of Eagle, Penske, Shadow and Wolf teams - this has now been resolved as follows:
    • Eagle was American
    • Penske was American
    • Shadow had an American licence from 1973 to 1975 and a British one from 1976 to 1980
    • Wolf was Canadian (This discussion in December 2014 suggested that they possibly raced as both Canadian and British at different times (Canadian in 1977, British in 1978-79?). However this discussion in April 2016 concluded that the evidence for Wolf being British was pretty weak and all relevant articles were updated to reflect Wolf as being Canadian only).


  • Ford/Cosworth. The following engines are referred to as "Fords" and linked to Ford or Ford Motor Company:
    • the engines used by McLaren in 1966
    • DFV/DFY/DFZ/DFR (1967–91)
    • GBA (1986–87)
    • HB (1989–94)
    • EC (1994–97)
    • ED (1995–97)
    • VJ (1997–2001)
    • JD (1998)
    • CR-1 (1999)
    • RS1 (2003)
    • RS2 (2004)
  • The following engines are referred to as "Cosworths" and linked to Cosworth:
    • CR-2/3/4/5/6 (2000–2004)
    • TJ (2005–06)
    • CK (2005)
    • CA (2006, 2010–2013)
  • references to Lamborghini engines (1989–1993) link to Lamborghini, not Modena (racing team).
  • up to and including 2010, references to Renault engines link to Renault in Formula One (often via redirect Renault F1), not Renault Sport, as discussed here.
  • 2011 references to Renault engines link to Renault Sport F1
  • references to Honda engines link to Honda in Formula One (often via redirect Honda Racing F1), rather than Honda.
  • references to Alfa Romeo engines (including those supplied to other teams) link to Alfa Romeo in Formula One.
  • references to Ferrari engines (including those supplied to other teams) link to Scuderia Ferrari.
  • references to Maserati engines (including those supplied to other teams) link to Maserati in motorsport.
  • references to Mercedes engines (since 1994) link to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (often via redirect Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines).
  • the engines used by McLaren from late 1983 to 1987 are called "TAG" (i.e. as opposed to "Porsche" or "TAG Porsche" or "TAG/Porsche" etc) and are wikilinked to Techniques d'Avant Garde
  • references to Peugeot engines link to Peugeot (i.e. not Peugeot#Motorsport or Peugeot#Formula One)
  • references to Mugen-Honda engines link to Mugen-Honda (a redirect to Mugen Motorsports), rather than separately linking "Mugen" to Mugen Motorsports and "Honda" to Honda Racing F1. This is done so that if the place where the Mugen-Honda engines is described ever changes, we only have to update the redirect.
  • references to the Acer engines used by Prost Grand Prix in 2001 link to Acer (engine) rather than Acer Inc. (or the relevant section of Acer Inc. - because the name of this section changes frequently; if all references link to the redirect, then every time the section changes name, we only need to update the redirect)
  • the engines used by Osella in 1988 are identified as "Osella" engines, not Alfa Romeos, so the constructor (i.e. make+engine) is just "Osella". Refer to this discussion.
  • the engines used by Sauber in 1993 are identified as "Sauber" engines, not Ilmors, so the constructor (i.e. make+engine) is just "Sauber". Refer to this discussion.


  • McLaren "MP4/x" chassis are denoted with a "/" up to and including McLaren MP4/15, and with a "-" from McLaren MP4-16 onwards, per this discussion
  • The car used by the Modena team in 1991 is called a "Lambo 291"
  • In F1 car infoboxes, flags are only included for drivers, not for team personnel or the constructor

Driver/constructor career summary tables[edit]

Race result tables[edit]

Race report articles[edit]

  • "Notes" sections should be avoided, per WP:TRIVIA - information should included in the article text. The exception to this is that details such as pole position and fastest lap driver/time may be included in a "Notes" section until an infobox is added to the article.
  • Free practice times are not included, per this discussion.

Grand Prix articles[edit]

(e.g. French Grand Prix)

  • The winners table finishes with the last occasion on which the race was held, not with a "Not held" row. Refer discussion.

Circuit articles[edit]

  • Circuit articles should not contain a list of Grand Prix winners. See discussions here and here.

Season summary articles[edit]

  • The "Teams and Drivers" tables of future F1 season articles should remain in alphabetical order on constructor name, with no "car number" column, until the official provisional entry list is published by the FIA. Refer discussions here and here.
  • Future season pages should be maintained following the guidelines documented here.

Restarted races and other disputed results[edit]

When races are restarted, different sources sometimes disagree over whether drivers who were present at the first start, but not at the second start should be listed as "Ret" (retired) or "DNS" (did not start). There are also numerous other races where different sources disagree as to specific individual race results. Here is the list.

And why does it matter whether a driver is listed as "Ret" or "DNS"? Because each race result is recorded in numerous articles: the race report, the season summary, the driver's article, the article containing the team's results and the car article (if one exists). And because it affects the driver's number of starts, it also affects List of Formula One drivers and possibly List of Formula One driver records.


  • As a general rule, the talk pages of articles about video games based on Formula One are not tagged with {{WPF1}}.
  • Drivers and constructors who have competed in the current season are highlighted in bold in many of the Formula One "list" and "<country> Grand Prix" articles. The text used to explain the bolding is of the form "Drivers/constructors who have competed in the YYYY season are highlighted in bold". The terminology "Drivers/constructors who have competed" is deliberately used instead of "Drivers/constructors who are competing..." or "Current drivers/constructors..." to avoid ambiguity over whether drivers who are replaced mid-season, or constructors who withdraw mid-season are still "competing" or "current" later in the season.