Knee-jerk reaction won’t help
As Britain prepares to leave the EU, how will the sport fare?
The main feeling that pervaded Britain last week was one of uncertainty after the European vote – and there is even uncertainty on just how long that feeling is going to last...
It is ironic really that for a sport that is constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of technologies and tenths of a second, but motorsport has always had quite a pragmatic approach to changing its outlook on a wider scale. And it is that considered way forward that will probably do the sport a lot of favours as Britain (and the rest of the European countries) try to steer through these choppy waters.
As Malcolm Wilson has pointed out in Motorsport News this week, there are still so many unanswered questions. Companies providing services and motorsport products are widely regarded as the best in the world, and justifiably so. That is not going to change, but getting parts and services from Europe could be the stumbling block.
Motorsport is a universal language – it is more than a business, it is a shared passion across the globe. And that is one fact that helps me to believe that the industry will remain as strong as it can be in Britain.