Formula One Decisions

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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



About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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