Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1

It is easy to be a big fan of F1 Motorsports. With a history that dates back to in some ways the 1920s and 1930s, the sport got its real start in the 1940s. The progression of technology has driven not just auto racing at the highest level but the development of high performance automobiles. Small, normally aspirated cars came first. Super-chargers were the rage next. Ground effects came in to play in the 1980s. More and more displacement in the engines happened over time including the addition of turbo chargers. Today’s cars, built by some of the biggest, most prestigious automakers in the world ranging from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Mercedes Benz to Aston Martin (Red Bull) and more.

Events like the death of Ayrton Senna and the over-commercialization of the sport turned me off a bit to F1 racing. It was never uncool but I got more into collecting cars and other kinds of racing. One thing that lured me back into F1 in 2019 was Netflix’s “Formula 1: Drive To Survive” which is a pretty open documentary about the high-flying lifestyle of these race drivers, their billion dollar budgets and the overall insanity of the sport in today’s world. I’ve been binging it to catch up so that I can see the antics of Lewis Hamilton, the most wealthy athlete in ANY sport in the world in 2020, along with the fall of Ferrari paired with the somewhat surprising rise of the well less funded Aston Martin (Red Bull) team and their Australian driver. It is good fun.

Since getting back a little bit into F1, I have added auto racing to the growing list of sports that I play in Daily Fantasy Sports also known as DFS. While sites like DraftKings, FanDuel and Monkey Knife Fight cover some key European sports like European Tour Golf, Premier League Soccer or “football” as it is called on the other side of the pond and Tennis which is somewhat global – somewhat surprisingly I have been sucked into DFS NASCAR which even surprises me as historically I have not been a fan. I think the diversity of the betting adds to the fun in that you have a truck series which is where the up-and-comer kids cut their teeth in supped-up race trucks. Three of my six picks crashed last week which isn’t something I root for but it shows the excitement of the early race. The Infinity Series is more car-like and can be exciting. The Monster Energy “big boy” series is where there are more recognizable names that you will near about on ESPN’s SportsCenter or read about in Sports Illustrated.

I am glad to have my mojo back for auto racing. I will never forgive myself for a) selling my 1997 Twin Turbo 911 and b) for not buying the Rosso Forte (with badges and Daytona Seats) manual-shift 1999 Ferrari Maranello. Both have gone through the roof in value. I owned the 911 and choked on buying the 550. Maybe this rekindled passion for cars will get me to clean out the third garage and put something exotic in there? Who knows?

Here are some of F1’s Top 10 Greatest Finishes from You Tube