Racing is life – Steve McQueen said it
Steve McQueen said the words “Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting” (in the movie Le Mans). When you race it is virtually a life and death situation. Any small mistake can mean the end of your life or the end of a very successful or up and coming career. It is that sheer adrenalin rush that the g-forces evoke to make the drivers almost convinced that they are unconquerable and “just waiting” to do it again.
I have many favorite races such as the Isle of Man races. It is a brilliantly planned race and is very exciting even if you only watch it on television.
However, my most favorite races are the Formula One races. It is the excitement of new cars being revealed and tested before the races even start. It is unfortunate that my favourite driver, Michael Schumacher, is such a controversial driver. But nothing can be said about the fact that he can play around with his car and really take it through its paces, because he is such a brilliant driver. He has incredible driving lines around the track and has the instinct to know when to brake and how to brake.
His committed involvement in the technical aspects of the races and the planning of it makes him an outstanding driver. He helps with the set-up of his own car and can give clear advice and instruction as to what the car needs in a given situation. Thus, I think, he exemplifies the statement from the movie, Le Mans. He also clearly states this by his come-back to driving as that is his life for as long as he is able to do it.