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Why Motorsport Should Be in the Olympics

Racing Drivers Are Real Athletes

It can seem like a shock to someone, but race car drivers need to be extremely fit to perform at their best level possible.

No matter the competition they found themselves in, driving racing cars at high speeds requires you to be in perfect shape, both mentally and physically, to manage those high g-forces experienced during braking and when going through corners.

For instance, in Formula 1, the g-forces get to an almost insane level. While astronauts experience around 3G when they launch from the ground, Formula 1 pilots have to cope with up to 6,7G of force while braking and going through sharp corners at those extremely high speeds.

That is an extreme amount, especially during a race that tends to be very hectic and where drivers race wheel to wheel with each other to gain positions.

The overall stamina and concentration need to be developed at a very high level, otherwise, the driver will not be able to cope with longer races as required in, for example, endurance racing.

Endurance races can vary from two or four hours up to an extreme amount, consisting of twenty-four hours that race car drivers get to experience at the Daytona, Le Mans, and many other tracks during a season.

Whether an amateur or a professional driver, racing is a hugely demanding and highly physical sport. It is a fact that racing drivers are indeed great athletes.

Therefore, they definitely should have a chance to represent their countries at the biggest sporting event in the world.

This Is How F1 Drivers Train

The truth is that motorsport grew in terms of popularity. What once was a sport for those who were extremely rich has now become, thanks to well-established quality racing simulators and games, a sport that almost anyone can experience and get to see and feel what it is to compete in a race while driving some of the fastest cars.

While real racing naturally requires a lot of resources to possess, it needs to be stated that with all those changes motorsport currently goes through, there is a high percent chance that things will get better. That can hopefully result in more people being able to pursue their passion for racing.

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The overall popularity when talking about spectators and fans that follow motorsport is massive. Motorsport has some of the most attended sports events every single year. The Indy 500, 24 hours of Le Mans, and Monaco's Grand Prix are all legendary races.

Most importantly, they are popular sports events that attract a massive amount of people and host hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, both those who watch the race through digital devices and those who experience the whole thing at the location of the actual event.

Social media also plays a massive role in why motorsports popularity has increased that much in recent years. Much younger Formula 1 driver nowadays treat their fans with exclusive content and provide much more contact with these than ever before.

What also helped the popularity is the famous Drive to Survive show Netflix produced, whose success reflects the positive growth that both Formula 1 and even motorsport as a whole received and continue to receive.

With all this in mind, the Olympics cannot overlook the potential and popularity that motorsport brings to the sporting world and should invite motorsport to be part of the Olympics.

Motorsport Offers a Long Tradition and History

Olympic Games are one of the oldest existing sports traditions and have been around for a long time. The sports represented in the Olympics have a rich and appealing history behind them.

So does even motorsport. Its roots date back to the late 19th century when the first organized competition was held in France. The incredible path motorsport has marked through all these years is very interesting, with both the highs and the lows.

The main point here is that there is a tale to tell, and there is as well an audience willing to listen. That is something that can suit the Olympics concept perfectly and can, in return, give motorsport a platform through which it can represent its sport and its history.

Lots of Categories to Choose From

Motorsport is a very flexible sport and includes many series that differ from each other. Competitions vary from the absolute pinnacle of motorsport consisting of Formula 1 to prototypes, gt cars, go-karts, et cetera. There are a significant amount of categories to choose from.

Regarding the Olympics, a simple single-seater would make the most sense when it comes to what the Olympics is all about. For that to happen, it is required that every car is on the same level, which does happen in Formula 2, for instance.

Every F2 car is equal, which means every driver has a realistic chance of winning races. That could be the category to go with, at least as an introduction.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Jan Stepan

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