Motorsport is not just a type of sport. It is dangerous … It is exciting… It is a competition that brings man and machine to the limit. Only the best of the best can drive those racecars around all challenging tracks in the world. There are some legendary names in this sport, like Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, James Hunt, Michael Schumacher…
Every time, when we hear the engine noise, it doubles our heart rate. Adrenalin excitement is pumping through our veins. Your heart and your mind… both are involved. We see moments, which at times seems difficult. Wheel to wheel racing. Drivers on the edge. Emotional victories and thrilling championships. And those moments we keep in ourselves over decades. When the performance takes place on the legendary racetracks with everything it offers to the senses, the mind, the imagination and the memory of tradition. We say to our self this is not just a sport. This is our passion.
Let me tell you something you already do not know about this world. Here it is not sunshine and rainbows every moment. The margin for error is so small. I mean one half a step too late or too early… You do not quite make it. One half second too slow or too fast you do not quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. There in every break of the game, every minute, every second.
The key is do not afraid to fail. You cannot always win, but do not be afraid of making decisions. You have to believe that something different can happen. He who says he can and he who says he cannot are both usually right. A deepest fear is not that you are inadequate. Your deepest fear is that you are powerful beyond measure. It is your light not your darkness that most frightens you.
But what thinks the racers about motorsport? Here is a collection, which shows you, what is in the minds of our legends.
"Racing is a matter of spirit not strength." - Janet Guthrie
"It doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that." - Fred Lebow
"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: 'Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus." - Carl Lewis
"No marathon gets easier later. The half way point only marks the end of the beginning." - Joe Henderson
"They can be a handful to drive it's like driving a piece of chain down a race track." - James Day
"The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses." - Mario Andretti
"You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood." - Ayrton Senna
"I've tried everything other than jumping out of a plane, but nothing gives you an adrenaline rush like racing a car." - Nigel Mansell
"Racing is a great mania to which one must sacrifice everything, without reticence, without hesitation." - Enzo Ferrari
"When it comes to my racing career I'm very driven and very selfish. People who are around me at races will know that I'm a different person here than in my personal life. I completely blank people at races. I need to be focused. I'm rude." - Jenson Button