Formula 1 has always been a passion of mine. I always admired the engineering and creativity involved in creating a Formula 1 car. I love the way that every single component has a purpose. To be as light, strong, aerodynamic or powerful as possible. Every piece is brought together to create one mechanical entity designed for nothing other to that to go as fast as possible. Nothing else matters but being the fastest on the track and beating your competition. This singleness of purpose means that automotive technology is pushed to within their limits, and sometimes even beyond.
Then there are the drivers. Here are a bunch of individuals, usually between the ages of about 18 to 40, who’s job it is to regularly drive the worlds fastest cars at their very limits. They routinely stare death squarely in the face as they travel upwards of 200 mph in their constant pursuit of speed and constant need and desire to be the best, fastest and most successful racing driver in the world. What a day job that must be…
Being a child of the 2000s, and a massive Ferrari fan, my favourite driver of all time has to be the great Michael Shumacher. I think that Michael has got to be one of the only sportsman to have ever lived to almost single handedly make their sport somewhat boring, simply due to the fact that he won so much. Well it might have been boring to some, but I remember watching nearly every single F1 race back in the early 2000s when Michael and Ferrari were in their most dominant form. I just loved seeing the bright red cars being driven by the worlds greatest racing driver beating absolutely everyone on track. The sight of the cars and sound of those V10 engines captured my imagination in a way that no other sport has, and is why I am so enthralled with the sport even till this day.
Yes, the sound of the cars isn’t that great anymore and one would argue that the drivers lack the personality of the heroes of the old days (Nelson Pique punching a marshal anyone?), but even so, the cars are faster and more technologically advanced than ever before, and there are still those superhero drivers that appear only once or twice in a generation.
Then there is Liberty Media, the new owners of Formula 1 who has reinvigorated the sport after the long rule of Bernie Ecclestone, and brought it straight into the 21st century. For this and many other reasons, Formula 1 continues to capture the imagination of people young and old.
The 2019 Formula 1 season kicks off on March 17th and theheelandtoe.com will bring you all the latest news and reports of all things Formula 1. So sit back, relax and enjoy the greatest spectacle in racing, Formula 1.