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Ahead, and back

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver David Coulthard is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of this season. It’s not really surprising — at 37 he’s the oldest driver in the series — but it will be sad to see him go. He’s one of the few drivers who allows his personality to come through all the corporate-speak of Formula 1, and he always speaks his mind. Ironically, after years of struggling with Red Bull, this could  prove to be his best season yet.

I’m reading the autobiography of Jackie Stewart, three time world champion, and owner of the distinctive Scottish accent. It’s called Winning is Not Enough and it’s worth reading to get a glimpse of what F1 used to be like and how much it’s changed.

I’ll sign off with a question: With the high price of gasoline, should we be driving at all?

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