Watches and Formula 1 – Episode 1 – Historical overview and Rolex as official timekeeper
As the 2016 season for motorsport’s highest level of racing was off to a smashing start (pun intended, sorry Fernando Alonso!), we thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to speed with all the connections between Formula 1, timekeeping in general and all the various teams involved in the world of F1. As Baselworld showed us, Casio is no longer partner for Red Bull Racing, as there was a true to scale model of their racecar suspended on one other booth (TAG Heuer). Bell & Ross now is partnering with Renault Sport. In this first installment, we’ll start by going through the history of motor racing and timekeeping, the technical developments, why timekeeping is so important in Formula 1 and of course, we’ll look at the actual official timekeeper, Rolex.