Why I love Formula 1

The title sounds simple, but it is in fact a lot more complex than what first meets the eye. There’s no simple answer, no simple equation. Yet, whichever angle you look at it from, Formula 1 is adored by millions. There is, of course, no doubt that everyone has different reasons for their passion, but here’s mine.

I love Formula 1 because of the passion it stirs in people. The way people get excited watching the sport and the ways it can make people react. That’s quite magical to me, to be honest. It’s like a drug, making you experience crippling lows and these amazing highs. There comes a point when you need your fix of F1 to function.

I love Formula 1 because of the risks that the drivers take to do their utmost, the way they push themselves further and further to achieve a slightly less time than what they did on the previous lap. Or the way the push themselves to the limit to gain time or track position on a rival. Even a team-mate.

I love Formula 1 because of the science and the technology. Although I am not the greatest at science, I still understand the enormity of what is being achieved and I am able to marvel at the new rules and regulations, regardless of how much of a pain in the backside they may be. It’s the men and women making the machine being pushed to the limit too, not just those who are behind the wheel.

I love Formula 1 because of the dedication that surrounds it. People give up their lives to chase a dream. People work their whole life to reach the pinnacle of motorsport. To see the happiness that is there when people achieve their ideal role. Formula 1 is a demanding sport, but to still see people give blood, sweat and tears, is just one reason why I love it. It goes back to the whole metaphor of it being a drug. It can tear families and marriages apart, which is undoubtedly the ugly side of it, but it can bring those together and start new bonds.

Finally, I love Formula 1 because of the memories it’s allowed me to have, and the people I’ve met through it. While it can be a cruel world, one which is riddled by money budgets and outdated politics but, regardless, the fans on the whole are pretty alright. Like a tight knit family really, and I think that’s pretty bloody awesome!


One thought on “Why I love Formula 1

  1. Hi Heléna, I’ve already commented on your Twitter post but that is only 280 characters long so I thought I put some more detailed response here.
    My love for F1 is related to its politics and technical developments. But love is a passionate feeling, and with love – hate is the opposite emotion.

    You can categorise me as a Formula 1 fan for nearly 45 years starting at a Grand Prix in 1973 being 11 years old. At that time you could walk through the pits, having a look in the garages, if able to communicate with drivers or other team members. At that time my hero was the Tyrrell driver and Jackie Stewart’s teammate François Cevert. Being an Asian he was everything how I wanted to look like: abandontly curly hair (Chinese don’t have). At the end of that season in its last race weekend, the terrible news arrived that Cevert had a fatal accident at Watkins Glenn. I was devastated went to my room and cried not coming out of my room for a couple of hours. It’s there that the hate came in. But somehow, a friend ‘convinced’ me that fatilities was the price of the sports.

    As Formula 1 evolved through the years so did my interest in it as well, from mainly focussed on drivers into all its aspects in detail. Though, death ‘walked’ still around in the sports. Gilles Villeneuve and Elio de Angelis were 2 other drivers (out of the many) – both much to my liking – who have lost their lives. Still, I’m having the point of view that getting killed by any sports is a too high price. Anyway, I’ve witnessed the heyday of Formula 1 which is for me the 80-ties with so much talent driving around. The passion for the sports nearly ended in Imola with Ayrton Senna’s fatal accident there in 1994. Actually, I should not be there but due to a friend’s sickness plus the fact that I suddenly didn’t had to work during that weekend, I could travel to San Marino.

    A few personal engagements with this fabulous man made it difficult for me to look in the same way to F1 as before. I felt (and still do) that a special era has ended. Prost and Piquet sr retired, Mansell away from Formula 1. whereafter I just followed only the technical and ‘political’ elements. With the entrance of Lewis Hamilton (2007) and his continuing presence, my attention has returned through the last decade, almost levelling on that same degree as when the Brazilian driver was still among us. At the moment of writing I’m active in several closed F1-forums and have my own Twitter account which is almost focused on racing (F1, FormulaE and Indycar).

    With kind regard,
    Lo Chi-fung


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