10 Biggest Formula One Controversies

Even the world's most recognizable motorsport is not immune to controversy. We look at ten of them.


Formula One is said to be the pinnacle of motorsport, and is arguably the most well-known open-wheeler single-seater series. Despite this, this sport is not immune to its own share of controversy in its illustrious 70 years of running.

Arguably every Formula One team has been on either end of a controversy, especially those who have been in Formula One for decades such as Ferrari and McLaren. Some drivers especially have been involved in controversy in their endless pursuit of glory, which may have tarnished their reputations for future generations to come.

Formula One controversy is also no slouch as it extends from crashing and race-fixing to situations of corporate espionage, and even cars which suck (literally!). Part of the fun of being a Formula 1 fan extends to just witnessing some of the best teams in the world bickering over petty and not so petty issues in their quest to be the best of the best.

Read on as we delve into ten of the biggest Formula One controversies. Some of these sound too ludicrous to be true but I can assure you that they indeed happened.

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