Formula One, Pro Cycling, and Acceptable Risk

Safety is one of the core tenets of our modern civilization. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety ranks 2nd only to physiological needs of the human body. Psychologically then, any threat against our protected modern lives – however statistically unlikely – stand out from more silent killers. Terrorism, airplane crashes, and other calamities are examples of prime fodder for heavy news coverage.
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Why I love F1 (and you can too)

Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France (1912), Jacques-Henri Lartigue http://www.nyklewicz.com/273/time/
Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France (1912), Jacques-Henri Lartigue
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Formula One racing (F1) is the pinnacle of motorsports.  Various Grands Prix (GP) took place beginning in 1906, before in 1950 a few of those annual events were organized by the Fédération Internationale de l‘Automobile (FIA) into the first World Driver’s Championship (WDC) season.  A World Constructor’s Championship (WCC) for the teams that race the cars was inaugurated in 1958.  At first the rulebook was rather short – build your engine under a certain displacement, depending on whether or not it is naturally aspirated.  Since then the FIA regulations have expanded to cover everything from the weight of the car to how many engines can be used over the course of a season and the calendar has grown to include roughly 20 races.  There is still the financial reward of winning a Grand Prix but the money is assigned on the basis of WCC ranking, which itself is derived from the sum of WDC points scored by a team’s drivers.

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