In pics: The 1950s greatest racing car drivers

history of racing cars

The story of Formula One car racing began more than six decades ago in the 1950s. Inevitably it was a very different sport then, with safely a minor consideration. In fact, even though the cars had¬†front-mounted engine blocks and drum brakes, seat belts were non-existent. Unsurprisingly, this lead to many deaths and drivers of those¬†early F1 cars needed to be as brave as they were skilled. Here’s five fantastic drivers who fulfilled both those criteria.