It’s well known that the world of motorsport is not for the faint-hearted, and extreme sports enthusiasts who enter the sport certainly don’t lack in courage. Aspiring motorcyclists may feel inspired by the likes of Energizer Bunny and his record-breaking runs, or Mario Andretti and his life-changing career, but those who aspire to follow in their footsteps need to know exactly what they are getting themselves in for.
Despite the allure of motorsport, there are significant risks involved. Aspiring drivers must consider not only their physical fitness but also their mental and emotional stability. While there are no official figures available, it is estimated that over 500 people have died from injuries sustained whilst participating in motorsport activities. A large number of these incidents can be linked to excessive alcohol consumption.
Alcohol has long been associated with a poor performance on the track, and in many cases it has resulted in catastrophic accidents. The risk of harm is even greater for those who continue to drink whilst participating in motorsport activities. In 2012, the British Motorsport Association (BMS) reported that over 1,000 drivers had an accident or mishap whilst racing that year – with over 50 incidences of injury or death. The figures for the previous year were similar – with 984 crashes/accidents and 52 deaths.
On the plus side, motorsport is a great way to travel. Drivers and their teams often visit glamorous destinations, such as Monaco, during their season, which provides ample opportunity for adventure and fame. Top-level motorsport is also tremendously lucrative, with leading drivers making a great deal of money. In 2012, for example, Jenson Button was believed to have earned £16.9 million – not including bonuses and endorsements – for winning the world championship. In the same year, Fernando Alonso made £15.5 million for securing fourth place in the championship.
Obviously, winning races and earning lots of money are great – but they aren’t the only things drivers get out of motorsport. Those who participate in motorsport for the love of the game will also find fulfilment in their endeavors and experience adventure of a lifetime. Ultimately, motorsport is a sport for the brave, and if you’re looking for an adventure, you couldn’t wish for a better place to be than the cockpit of a racing car.
Choosing a path in life is a difficult decision. For those who have considered taking up motorsport, it’s important to weigh up the risks and rewards. Whilst there are certainly risks associated with motorsport, there are also many opportunities for those who participate in the activity to find success and fulfilment. With so much at stake, who knows – maybe you’ll even find your own Energizer Bunny!