Not just about the win­ners

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My dad has al­ways been a fan of For­mula 1 and I can re­mem­ber watch­ing the cars go round and round when I was small. I too have been a fan of F1 for a good few years now, prob­a­bly since the time Lewis Hamil­ton en­tered the scene.

This sea­son has been truly spec­tac­u­lar, not just see­ing my favourite driver win the world cham­pi­onship again, but ev­ery­thing about the sport: the changes, the con­tro­versy and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

It bugs me when peo­ple say that For­mula 1 is a bor­ing sport, the same per­son wins again and again (es­pe­cially dur­ing the Vet­tel era) and ‘all it is is cars’, but the peo­ple who make th­ese crit­i­cisms are ob­vi­ously not true fans. The sport isn’t just about those who win; it’s about watch­ing the back of the eld, look­ing at the smaller teams and see­ing what they can do. Read­ing about team bat­tles and how the teams work with their driv­ers (thank you for pro­vid­ing such an in­for­ma­tive mag­a­zine that does all this!) so many things hap­pen be­hind the scenes that we do not know about un­less we ac­tu­ally choose to nd out.

Ques­tions are raised about what the sport can do to draw more peo­ple in. I say, con­tinue to let the driv­ers race (as Mercedes did last year), lower the cost of go­ing to races (I went to Sil­ver­stone two years ago, wow what an ex­pe­ri­ence!) and con­tinue to talk about ev­ery el­e­ment of the sport – things that hap­pen in the fac­to­ries and team dis­cus­sions as well as on-track events.

I re­ally can­not wait for the 2015 sea­son and hope it is just as ex­cit­ing as it al­ways is. Gemma Eck­ley,

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