It’s not the type of people I have a problem with, it’s the type of promotion and involvement that I am prejudiced against. I never had issue with Wheldon and Schumacher. Both of the highest profile drivers in Europe and America at the time of their involvement in karting. It was immediately obvious those two were in a different league with the way they interacted with the sport. In my view a more ‘healthy for karting’ way to be involved.
Regarding the article, ‘we’ as educated karters know the 300,000 figure is a very specific section of the sport. 99.99% of readers won’t know that that section makes up about just 0.01% of the sport.
This is what I mean. F1 has appropriated karting in that sense that anything related to the term karting is automatically associated with ‘F1 ladder’ style karters. Senior direct drive karting at FIA level has all but been decimated completely. We’ve seen a wholesale evisceration of actual senior drivers in the premier class and now is in almost complete subservience to F1.
So people say karting costs 250,000 a year. That’s clearly a nonsense statement, but will go unchallenged. I doubt there’s one person on this forum who spends much more than a 10th of that per year but F1 wants to ‘own’ karting. I mean that almost literally.
This is why I don’t think this is ‘positive’ karting promotion. it creates hurdles from a promotional standpoint. It doesn’t reduce them. Having to even consider say “karting isn’t just for kids” make me want to puke ha
(I know I am fighting a losing battle)