Formula 1 Racing Essay

1120 Words Apr 6th, 2012 5 Pages
* Formula One racing is one of the most revered sports in the world. In the auto-racing world it is second to none in class, prestige, history, and skill. The level of competition is immense and the window of entry is miniscule. This brings up one question: (what is the question?) Formula One racing’s history dates back to the 1950s when racecars were simple front engine, drum brake cars. Compared to the cars of today, they are dinosaurs, but they were the best of their time and a wonder to many. (I’m starting a new paragraph because there isn’t much blend between these two sentences) * The older racecars, particularly those of the 1980s and 1990s, were much harder to drive than those of today. Today’s cars have wind tunnels, high …show more content…
* In the 1980 season, a total of 20 racing teams took part in the competition for World Championship points. One of the best drivers in the 80`s and 90`s and most arguably of all time is Ayrton Senna (Autosport.com). F1.com recalls, “In 1988, when McLaren-Honda won 15 of the 16 races, Senna beat his team mate Alain Prost eight wins to seven to take his first driving title.” This then produced one of the greatest rivalries of all time. The Senna-Prost rivalry was fought even though they were on the same team. In 1989 at the Suzuka Gran prix Prost took out Senna in the famous chicane claiming that he turned to avoid Senna but in reality didn’t move the wheel at all. However Senna added fuel to the fire that next season if prost didn’t finish the race at Suzuka. On the first lap of the race Senna took the inside line inside of prost and never braked. He then crashed into Prost who slid off into the Gravel trap. This secured the 1990 World Championship for Senna. Senna was known to push harder than any other driver. Even he himself pushed the car to far. He beat his rival Prost in the identical McLaren. He eventually knocked off two second off his lap, which is unheard of. Senna later said, "Suddenly, it frightened me, because I realized I was well beyond my conscious understanding. I drove back slowly to the pits and did not go out anymore that day." The

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