F1 peo­ple de­serve bet­ter

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Ear­lier this year I was for­tu­nate enough to be a guest of the Marus­sia F1 team at the Bri­tish Grand Prix. Hav­ing fol­lowed For­mula 1 for the past 20 years, since I was a seven-year-old kid, this was a day that my dad and I will never for­get.

Ev­ery­one within the team couldn’t have treated us bet­ter, from the cater­ing staff to the me­chan­ics, se­cu­rity and the driv­ers: they all wanted to en­sure we had a great day – never mind the fact that they also had a race to think about.

It is there­fore with great sad­ness that I have wit­nessed not only Jules Bianchi’s hor­rific ac­ci­dent, but also the sad de­cline of the team into ad­min­is­tra­tion and then in­sol­vency.

F1 needs to take a long hard look at it­self, be­cause while we as fans

be­moan the loss of another team, the real tragedy is the idea that those great peo­ple that my dad and I were lucky enough to meet in July are now with­out a job.

The chal­lenges that are cur­rently faced by Marus­sia, Cater­ham and oth­ers are un­ac­cept­able in a sport that is over­flow­ing with wealth. For­mula 1 should not just be about the large cor­po­ra­tions as it is the smaller teams that add the real hu­man per­son­al­ity to the sport. Forza Jules! Matt Barr

Falkirk, UK

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