F1 people deserve better
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