The for­got­ten grand prix

Autosport (UK) - - OPINION | PIT + PADDOCK -

I have fol­lowed grand prix mo­tor rac­ing for well in ex­cess of 30 years. I’ve have the good for­tune to at­tend some of the most mem­o­rable races in that time (Brands Hatch

1986, Sil­ver­stone ’87, Monza ’88, Sil­ver­stone ’92).

I have been in at­ten­dance when world cham­pi­ons were crowned (Abu Dhabi 2010) and when all-time qual­i­fy­ing lap records were bro­ken (Monza ’02).

I have been priv­i­leged to watch races from the in­ti­macy of team garages (Wil­liams, Monza 1987; Mclaren, Abu

Dhabi 2010). In­deed, I have even been pub­lished in these pages be­fore. I am, it would be fair to say, ‘an en­thu­si­ast’.

Yet, the week­end be­fore last, and for the first time ever, I com­pletely for­got that there was a grand prix be­ing staged and, al­though I avoided the re­sult, I then lost in­ter­est in find­ing it out. Me, a life­long fan. That should tell Messrs Carey and Bratches all they need to know about the cur­rent state of F1.

Jonny Britz Dip­pen­hall, Sur­rey

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