or Decisions of the Unconscious Mind
Formula One is a sport of decisions, measured sometimes in hundredths of a second. Decisions that are made deep in the subconscious of the mind, decisions that are literally made without even thinking about them because they are instinctive.
Our vision of the character of different people’s is based on generations of social and cultural perceptions. We know the Germans fly Stuka’s, drive tanks and run concentration camps because we grew up with the images, plus we know they hate black men who win races in the Olympics, it’s ingrained deep inside.
The stereotype of black men is drugs, prostitution, car theft, we know this because we have seen the images in vast numbers of films in a heady mixture of these caricatures they put before us.
So in a sport like Formula One where someone has to make a decision instantly what they do not want are these images clouding their subconscious thoughts. They know the white guy is ok and do not ever have to think about the decision its instinctive. But the black guy, has he got drugs in the boot? did he steal the car? are the police after him?
I am not saying this is what consciously goes through people’s minds but subconsciously it slows down the decision-making process and clouds it so that sometimes the wrong decisions are made.
You look at Nico Rosberg and he epitomizes exactly what the German State thought was perfect. That is not his fault but it re-enforces all that was wrong with an earlier time and the attitude inside the team.
Lewis Hamilton is the future in many respects, a great driver, modest and a decent human being as well. His effect on Formula One has been brilliant sport is in for better times after all look at the effect Tiger Woods had on golf.
Fans of Formula One have seen to many races rigged in the last couple of years, the extra pit stop for tyres which gives the race to somebody else. When one team is in such a dominant position giving away the odd race does not hurt them too much but it tastes sour. If this was horse racing they would be up before the stewards, apologies are not sufficient.
Mercedes do not want to be branded as racists, their international car sales depend on a clean image, and playing to a domestic position is not a clever one. You need to stop this situation or it will destroy a great brand.
© Michael Douglas Bosc