What Do You Drive?
Published 14th March 2011 - Written by Badger GP Staff
A Badger Staff Blog Entry: Here at the Sett, as well as covering all the goings on in F1 and bringing great articles to your screens, we also like to share goings on at Badger GP HQ too. We publish all these articles in the “Badger Staff Blog” and this enables you to have some fun, understand and get to know the people behind Badger GP…
For this, slightly random piece, we’re giving our editor, Adam Milleneuve the opportunity to explain why his chosen mode of transport is just like being an F1 driver…
What do you drive?
Ok, this may come as a shock, but my preferred mode of transport has two wheels rather than four with a maximum speed of around 70mph – yep, it’s a lovely silver Vespa called Lola. It’s the only vehicle for living and working in central London – it’s quick through traffic, cheap to run and park and is just a whole heap of fun – no congestion charge either – bonus!
5 Reasons Why Driving a Vespa is like being in F1…
First things first, an essential (and legally required) accessory is a crash helmet – just like F1 drivers getting in their motors, you’d never get on your Vespa without wearing a helmet. Gloves too, it gets chilly in London and it just makes sense to look after your hands should anything bad happen, so again, like a real racing driver, gloves are essential.
Ok, so gloves and helmet on and we’re on the road – now, let’s get back to basics – an F1 driver’s sole aim is to be first, ahead of anyone else and to overtake anything that’s in front of them. When on a Vespa, the same is true – any other traffic is there to be overtaken and come to a set of traffic lights, it’s time to make your way to the front, ready for the lights to go green – just as all your favourite drivers strive to be in pole position, a Vespa rider also (albeit for safety reasons) will always want to be at the front.
The rain is a pain – many drivers, although enjoy the challenge, would prefer a sunny dry day to go racing rather than a wet, grey and cloudy Silverstone. The same is true on a Vespa. Just like F1 drivers, there’s no windscreen wipers, you’re exposed and a greater level of caution and control is required. Brake while on a white line and you won’t be on your Vespa much longer – just as in F1, but without runoff areas.
Speed, ok so there will never be a 200mph Vespa, but as in F1, you’re fastest thing on the road on a Vespa – while all the cars are queuing up and stuck in a jam, the Vespa riders will be simply driving around them and getting around much quicker. F1 drivers also enjoy being the fastest things on the track, nothing can match them.
Fun. Have you ever had an F1 driver complain about having to drive at ridiculous speeds to earn a wage – no. Why? Because they enjoy it, that’s why and ask any Vespa driver if they enjoy driving around on their machine and you’d get a similar answer – Vespa drivers are Vespa drivers because they want to be.
Over To You
I could carry on with yet more reasons, but instead, here at Badger, we’d like to know what you, as an F1 fan drive and why you drive it… any other Vespa driving F1 fans out there?