“The philosophy I’ve tried to pass on to my son is that no matter who you are, you need to respect everyone else, wherever they come from. If you do that, you will earn respect, whether or not you’re a famous sports star. A big heart is one of the best things you can have…”

Jarno Trulli, Italian former Lotus (now called Caterham) F1 driver:  “I’m not really interested in politics, but I like to do things that help people. I’d like to be remembered as a ‘good guy’ first… and only then for my racing achievements.”*

French GP driver Olivier Panis, who drove so well in the rain of Monaco in 1996 is a fan of the film ‘Rain Man’, as an example of how humans should look after each other. He says: “The philosophy I’ve tried to pass on to my son is that no matter who you are, you need to respect everyone else, wherever they come from. If you do that, you will earn respect, whether or not you’re a famous sports star. A big heart is one of the best things you can have. When any of my friends has a bad time, losing a job or having a bad problem, I always try to help them if possible. I don’t care about getting anything back – even if they forget completely, I don’t mind. The deed is the important thing.”*

Austrian Alexander Wurz, former F1 driver, test driver and winner of Le Mans (in 2009): “If we could all be in tune* with each other… or with ourselves… that’s the main thing. Then there would be no crime and no problems. If we could just respect the person next to you, the chain reaction would solve everything. It’s not just about giving money to feed the poor in Africa.” * #

* quotes from the fascinating book that I have been researching (and studying) Overdrive: Formula 1 in the Zone by Clyde Brolin

Web site:  www.overdrivef1.com

From the above sentiments it is evident that not all drivers are “apolitical” and most do care about their fellow man. Some Grand Prix drivers, though perhaps not as passionate about social justice as an Ayrton Senna perhaps, DO care a lot about the world (and its present state) and use their positions, their platform to try to make a difference in the world.  Quite a number of drivers spoke out against racing in Bahrain amidst the unrest in the country… even though “little/big” Bernie probably wasn’t overly happy with their outspokenness on the political situation there.

And the race did get cancelled, though the event is going ahead shortly. Hopefully things have improved in Bahrain since then!

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