Who Won F1's 'European Title'? Standings Without Races in the Rest of the World

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Who Won F1's 'European Title'? Standings Without Races in the Rest of the World
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Formula One's roots are in Europe, of that there is no doubt.

Some believe the sport's move away from the classic circuits and team bases is a detriment to its history and traditions.

Others believe it is a necessity if F1 is to truly call itself a world championship.

But back in F1's formative years, it was only a European championship. The Indianapolis 500 was part of the calendar but was rarely contested by leading outfits, rendering it a token addition to what was initially a six-race calendar.

Amazingly, in 2013 there were just seven European Grands Prix, indicating minimal expansion over F1's entire history within its "home" continent.

So who excelled in those? Certainly not Kimi Raikkonen, who tumbles from fourth to sixth despite racking up three seconds in Spain, Germany and Hungary.

Non-scores in Belgium and Italy cost him dearly, but what about the rest? If F1 had a European title, who would have claimed the crown this season?

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