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F1’s Disconnection with Reality

When F1 gets to Bahrain in approximately two weeks’ time, do not be surprised to see half the cars, on the starting grid, despite the situation in the Middle Eastern kingdom. Looking through history, there have been numerous occasions where F1 should not have allowed a race to happen.  There was of course the Indianapolis incident where a race took place, despite the majority of the grid declining to race; while the event may have left a bad taste in the fans’ mouths, and may have led to the demise of the Indianapolis race, the puck sort of stops there. Yes it was controversial for a race to occur if cars, or teams refuse to take part, but look at Japan 1976; teams refused to race due to the weather, and Lauda actually...

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