Formula 1 was the last of 26 formulae for car racing. Luckily for fans of the sport it succeeded, as had it failed there were to be no more attempts.
The first attempt at creating a successful car racing formula (formula 26) famously stipulated in the rules that the winner was the car that finished last. The race lasted 26 days, and ended only upon the discovery that all of the drivers had died of starvation.
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