When news of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 started to permeate the German Grand Prix paddock last Thursday, the consensus was it put into perspective the irrelevance of Formula 1.
Compared to the loss of lives and the grieving families, how could Lewis Hamilton's brake failure, Nico Rosberg's victory or the Hockenheim grandstands being emptier than they once were possibly be of the slightest consequence?
But against a backdrop of a passenger plane being shot down, not to mention escalating violence in Gaza and the countless places around the world where hideous atrocities occur on a daily basis but attract little coverage, F1 does matter.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.