Monthly Archives: May 2014
It has been nearly 40 years since a female driver competed in a Formula One World Championship race. Now, there are two women—Susie Wolff and Simona de Silvestro—looking to end that streak.
Wolff, a 31-year-old Scot, has been a development driver for Williams since 2012. Meanwhile, de Silvestro, a 25-year-old from Thun, Switzerland, has raced in IndyCar since 2010 and recently signed with Sauber as an affiliated driver (whatever that means).
Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher both raced with a single-minded determination—even ruthlessness—that allowed them to become two of the greatest drivers in Formula One history…yet their legacies are very different.
One year ago, I published the first post on this blog. I just wanted to have a place to practice my writing and to share some thoughts about something I really enjoy: Formula One.
After writing here for a few months, mostly for family and friends, and getting published in The Gazette, I applied to write for Bleacher Report. They accepted me and, after writing a few stories for them, they offered me a position as a Featured Columnist.
Between 1985 and 1993, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost combined to win seven world championship titles. Both drivers’ careers were defined, in large part, by their intense rivalry.
Although the Senna-Prost rivalry is discussed most frequently, Senna had several other rivals in his Formula One career. The Brazilian had memorable battles with fellow champions like Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher, as well as less successful drivers, such as Elio de Angelis and Eddie Irvine.
Ayrton Senna is rightly remembered as one of the greatest drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a Formula One race car. His 41 wins, 65 poles and three world championships are still near the top of the all-time lists—although they could have been so much more.
When Roland Ratzenberger was killed during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, he became the first Formula One driver to die during a grand prix weekend since Riccardo Paletti at the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix.
The next day, during the race itself, Ayrton Senna was also killed.
Although Senna and Ratzenberger were born less than four months apart, their career paths were completely different.
The American economy is still the largest in the world by quite a large margin. Because of its size, Formula One has been trying for most of its existence to penetrate the U.S. market, without much progress.
Meanwhile, just to the north, the Canadian Grand Prix has been a raging success. It is popular with both fans and drivers for the action on and off the track, as Montreal embraces its guests and hosts a week of race-related festivities.
The circuit’s current hosting deal expires following this year’s race, but it is very much in the interest of everyone involved in F1 to see that the race continues in Montreal.