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 While it can be a cruel world, one which is riddled by money budgets and outdated politics but, regardless, the fans on the whole are pretty alright.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!