London — Formula One celebrates its 1,000th world championship race at the weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, one of the sport’s newer tracks, but the milestone requires careful wording. The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries, with statisticians quibbling over how many starts teams and drivers have made according to different definitions, and this one is no exception. Some of the 999 championship races so far have been questionable grands prix and several past race winners never even drove a Formula One car. From 1950 to 1960 — 11 races in all — the Indianapolis 500 was included as part of the championship even if very few Formula One drivers crossed the Atlantic to compete in it and homegrown racers took all the points and raced to their own rules. Bill Vukovich finished seventh in the 1953 Formula One championship, and sixth in 1954, after winning the Indy 500 in those years but racing in no other rounds. His death in the 1955 Indy technically made him th...

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