The art of playing fair in Formula 1

The art of playing fair in Formula 1

Tony Dodgins takes a look at Formula 1's own unique code of ethics and sense of fair play, and why those within the sport will always seek an advantage in their pursuit of victory. Was it ever thus, he asks

The willingness to seek an unfair advantage to get ahead is there in lots of competitive people, and it can start young.

When I was a kid it was all about Scalextric and Subbuteo football game. My mate and I were very even at Subbuteo and had some fantastic battles, but I wasn't above underhand tactics. My family had a Siamese cat that loved Subbuteo. She'd hide under the bed and suddenly pounce. Ball or man, it didn't matter to her. She was as soft as putty and daft as a brush but my mate was scared witless of her – she'd accidentally nicked his finger on one of her pitch invasions. My mate would only play if the cat was shut out of the room.

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