What do you think...?
February 27, 2007
The issue I want to talk about to you today is definitely a bit special and I want you to know that what I will express over the next few lines is just a consideration and completely personal.
The consideration in question came to my mind through the presentation of the new Honda RA107, the weapon in the hands of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, with which they should carry home the successes in Formula One the Japanese colossus is still missing. I do not want to speak to you about the performance of the car, but about something purely philosophical. In this case it is connected to the new and highly discussed livery, which carries the planet earth on it and is destined to make the public aware of the problems of pollution and its impact on the environment.
Having said that, Honda is a brand I do admire and respect a lot, on two and on four wheels, from a philosophical and a technical point of view. Although spontaneously the questions arises what the impact on the environment has to do with Formula One? Maybe it’s true that I’m still an old romantic: one for whom races even today have to smell of fuel, oil, burned tyres and this monstrous noise, which almost makes your eardrums burst….
But in an era of blocked traffic on Sundays, Euro 4 and many other things of this nature, they do not even want to let us have the smell of the races (and the events go more and more in hiding anyway)… I ask myself: what remains? I might be biased, I confess, but I think that the wisest decision has been taken by someone called Schumacher (Michael; editor’s note…), who made the sensible decision to go back to kart racing and I think, in a short time, even full-time……
What do you think?