The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds
OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship.
“As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.” The King Lear quote, famously borrowed by footballing royalty Eric Cantona in a cryptic UEFA award acceptance speech, explores the unjustness and inequitable nature of the world in which we live. In the play, the Earl of Gloucester makes the remark after having his eyes gouged out.
What parallels does this have to Formula 1: a microcosm of society filled with money, privilege and power? Such is its bargaining power across the world, F1 arguably is one of the gods of which Gloucester speaks. It extracts great sums of money from the worlds’ biggest sporting promoters, governments and businesses for the privilege of hosting 20 speedy technological triumphs around a circuit. Of course, the usual offset is the chance to recoup that investment with ticket sales – a revenue stream that has been impacted greatly by the current global health crisis.
Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline
Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…
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