Having read for the nth time the contention that Formula 1 could not continue without Ferrari, perhaps being an American I can ask – who says so? What proof is there, or has there ever been, that this is true? While it is a nice touch to have one of the early participants in Formula 1 still in the game, I wonder if it, in fact, has any determining effect on modern-day fans? The great majority of their grandparents were not born when Nello Pagani’s Maserati won the Pau Grand Prix in 1947. No Ferraris there, please note. I think Ferrari’s role in modern Formula 1 is a plus, but the idea that they are an irreplaceable keystone rings a bit hollow. It should be easier to present to new, young, modern F1 fans that there’s more likelihood that they will be able to one day own a Mercedes (winner of the 1914 French Grand Prix, please note) than that Ferrari, which is unlikely to show up in Millennial garages.
The evocative photos of Donington Park on the eve of war were a highlight for David Craigen
I did enjoy the article and evocative archive photos of Donington [Frozen in Time, Aug 2020]. Life should never be about regrets, but how I wish that I had been able to witness that era of Auto Unions and Mercedes (I wasn’t even born!). The Donington circuit has always been a fascination to me. In my early career in the late ’60s I worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby, and part of the Donington site was used by RR to store raw materials and forged jet engine parts. The RR staff minibus used to divert via the circuit, and I recall being driven down the straight with my eyes half-closed, imagining the great Silver Arrows coming towards me! Thank you so much for the chance to see those old photos. And thank you for the continuing excellent content of the magazine – the variety of the articles is a credit to you.