To mark the start of the 2011 Formula One season at Melbourne this weekend, website have compiled a list of the Top 10 misconceptions about Formula 1. Editor Chris Davies has taken a light-hearted look at some of the more obvious ones, be assures us that the list is by no means exhaustive – in fact he encourages you to add to his list with your own suggestions.

The Top 10 thus far include;

  1. Damon Hill’s Facial Topiary Made Him Faster

  2. F1 Racing Improves The Breed

  3. There Has Never Been A Female F1 Driver

  4. That Ferrari Are A Great Team

  5. F1 Cars Are The Fastest Racing Cars In The World

  6. OK, But They Must Be The Fastest Accelerating Though?

  7. F1 Drivers Are Over-Paid Prima-Donnas

  8. F1 Cars Have More Down Force Now Than Ever Before

  9. Formula 1 Is Safe These Days

  10. That Ayrton Senna Is Really Dead

To encourage you to share your own opinions, here’s what they had to say about Ferrari..

[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”center”]Misconception #4 – That Ferrari Are A Great Team

They aren’t. They are smug and Italian and irritating and it was only Schumacher’s unholy driving skill that stopped them imploding and being consigned to the dustbin that is Formula 1 history.

Since then they’ve been a bunch of nobodies (2007 and 2008 being exceptions that fail to disprove the rule) who build fat, smug road cars for men who are too fat and smug to actually race anything other than each other to an early grave through heart disease.


In the spirit of taking part, here are a few suggestions we’d like to add;

  1. Kimi Raikkonen will return to F1. No, don’t be silly. The last time we saw the ice-man really motivated in the F1 paddock, was when he was tucking into an ice-cream at the Malaysian GP – nobody doubts the ex-world champion’s talent, but it takes barrel-rolling down a WRC stage to bring a smile to his face these days.

  2. Bernie Ecclestone will retire one day. Surely you jest? Not a lot of people know this, but Bernie acquired the fountain of youth back in the late 1980’s and plans on leasing a regular supply of its elixir to Ferrari President Luca Montezemolo, making the feisty-Italian forever dependent on the poison dwarf. Apparently Bernie has considered branding it, “Hell on Earth”.

So what’s yours? You can head over to or share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Steve Davies

Steve is an investor, private equity advisor and former Partner at KPMG, PwC and Bain.   Most importantly he's a life-long car enthusiast, mountain biker and active sports enthusiast. He designs and builds technology platforms and is the architect behind Transmission.

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