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The secret of an enduring motorsport phenomenon
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The secret of an enduring motorsport phenomenon

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, Rob Wilson

Its nature has changed considerably, but gamesmanship has been present throughout motorsport history

No driver at the professional level of motorsport is ever going to entertain the idea that he is not as good as the next person - their egos won't allow it. And it's for this reason that drivers will do everything they can to undermine their rivals.

In junior single-seaters, it's common for drivers to come on to their rival's girlfriends - one South American driver who comfortably made it to F1 tried that with his English counterpart (who didn't) in his early career. And in the days when it was more liberal, you would pass the person in front of you on the warm-up lap so they got used to the idea that you were coming through.

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