Ra­dio rant

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I was lis­ten­ing to Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme (Sat­ur­day, July 9) and I am fu­ri­ous. Pre­sen­ter John Humphrys should of­fer a sin­cere apol­ogy for his dis­missal of the tal­ents and courage of grand prix car driv­ers: he said that F1 rac­ing is not glad­i­a­to­rial in the same way as ten­nis play­ers be­cause they face one another is in­cred­u­lous.

F1 not glad­i­a­to­rial? The driv­ers are not stand­ing safely in their own de­mar­ca­tion zones as ten­nis lay­ers do, they can be bang­ing wheels whilst driv­ing at speeds be­yond the ca­pa­bil­ity of all but a few. Also his ig­no­rant com­ment that GP rac­ing “it’s not re­ally phys­i­cal is it?” was shat­ter­ingly stupid.

Un­like ten­nis play­ers, who get to take a break quite fre­quently, the GP driv­ers en­dure a never end­ing tor­rent of ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and cor­ner­ing.

And Mr Humphrys, they do this with­out a break; I’ll bet you can­not be­gin to imag­ine what that must be like – but I’ll bet you can hit a ten­nis ball!

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