The Formula A World Championship: 70 years old and counting. Formula A? Well, it could have been and almost was. When the Federation International de l’Automobile, the FIA, was formed in 1948, that’s the initial name it chose for the new premier class of global single-seater racing. Fortunately, by the time it launched the world championship two years later, to galvanise the sport and give it a new sense of purpose, the ‘A’ had been replaced by a ‘1’. It’s better that way, wouldn’t you agree?