F1 and other racing series

Nico Hulkenberg managed to grab some of the headlines during the weekend as he won at Le Mans with Porsche. It is interesting to think that Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso could have been in the #19 Porsche instead.

But that raises an intriguing topic of discussion of team bosses in Formula One allowing their drivers to compete in other racing series, alongside their F1 commitments. Clearly Vijay Mallya was more than happy to allow his driver to compete, but others aren’t so keen.

It doesn’t make much sense in modern motorsport for Formula One teams to be so against the idea. The only reason why they don’t is because of the dangers of other racing series, look at Robert Kubica’s rallying accident as an example. This leads team bosses to forbid their drivers from competing in other racing series, but the likes of Formula One and the WEC are a lot safer and continue to push for greater safety, surely team bosses can allow their drivers once again to race in other series.

Who wouldn’t have loved to have seen the likes of Alonso, Button, Vettel and Rosberg descend on Le Mans and compete in the prestigious race? Or race on and off in IndyCar, helping Formula One get a firmer grip in the United States.

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