Rolex Hong Kong, Friday 12 April 2019 – Formula 1® marks its 1,000th Grand Prix™this weekend when racing returns to Shanghai for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2019. The series, inaugurated in 1950 at Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom and currently contested in 21 countries, reaches the milestone in this international metropolis, embodying the global stature of Formula 1®. Every season, fans across the world are captivated by the sport’s enduring spirit and the intense rivalry among drivers in their quest for victory. Rolex has supported Formula 1® as a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece since 2013, the technical precision and rich history of this high-performance sport resonating strongly with the Swiss watch brand’s own passion for continuous excellence. “The history of Formula 1 dates back a long time and it has always been one of the most illustrious sports, which is why Rolex and Formula 1 is truly the perfect partnership and I’m delighted to play a part in that association,” says Nico Rosberg, Rolex Testimonee and 2016 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion. “The technology, the innovation and the attention to detail that we see across both watchmaking and Formula 1 is phenomenal, and highlights why they go hand in hand.” Shanghai has been a permanent fixture on the Formula 1® calendar since 2004 and hosts the third race of the 2019 season. Following the first two rounds of racing in Australia and Bahrain, Valtteri Bottas, driving for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, leads the 2019 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Championship. A challenging track made up of medium- and slow-speed corners that contrast with long, high-speed straights, the 5.451 km Shanghai International Circuit provides drivers with numerous overtaking opportunities during the 56-lap race.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Racing Point F1 Team RP19 in the race.
ROLEX AND FORMULA 1®: A SEASON OF MILESTONES
Following the 1,000th race celebrations in China, the 20-car field will travel to Azerbaijan and Spain, before Formula 1® observes another landmark occasion in May when the championship arrives in Monaco. This year’s race will herald 90 years since the inaugural Grand Prix™ around the principality’s famous streets, a circuit that still paves a virtually identical route almost a century later. From here, the teams will continue to compete throughout Europe before arriving in Monza (Italy) in September, where Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart will mark 50 years since he clinched the first of his three FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Championships with victory at the 1969 Italian Grand Prix™. The final three months of the 2019 season will be contested around the globe as the drivers and constructors vie for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™.
Rolex branding in the pits.
ROLEX AND MOTOR SPORT
Rolex’s close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier (483 km/h) at the wheel of his car Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, its support extending to revered endurance events, such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013, Rolex became associated with Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motor sport, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Goodwood Revival.
Rolex clock in the FanZone.
ABOUT FORMULA 1®
Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world’s most popular annual sporting series. The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1®, and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™. Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock.
AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values.
Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history.
A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet.
Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.