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POLL: Should F1 teams allow drivers to indulge in dangerous activities?

Juan Montoya, Mark Webber and, now, Robert Kubica have all suffered injuries taking part in risky activities away from the racetrack.... but should the teams allow them to get their kicks when it could endanger their careers?
Following Robert Kubica's much-publicised accident on the Ronda di Andora rally in Italy, the wisdom of allowing F1 drivers to take part in risky extra-curricular has been called into question.

The Pole, who had the full backing of the Lotus Renault GP team, is not the first high-profile talent to endanger his F1 chances through injury [see story here], although he is certainly the one to have come off worst in recent times. Mark Webber was able to return to the cockpit just a couple of months after breaking his leg after being knocked from his road bike during the Pure Tasmania adventure race, while Juan Montoya soured his relationship with McLaren after attempting to race with injuries sustained in a pre-season motocross ride.

Of course, it is not just adrenaline sports that can threaten careers, as both David Coulthard and 1990s Benetton driver Alessandro Nannini can attest. While the Scot was fortunate to emerge unscathed from a plane crash that killed his pilot, the Italian lost part of his arm when his helicopter came down in 1990, ending his F1 involvement immediately.

So the question has to be asked whether, even in times of the so-called 'nanny state', expensive assets such as F1 drivers should be prevented from indulging in dangerous extra-curricular activities that may cost them - and their teams - dearly.

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Related Pictures

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01.07.2006 Indianapolis, USA,  Juan-Pablo Montoya (COL), Juan Pablo, McLaren Mercedes - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, United States Grand Prix, Saturday
Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [pic credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images]
Robert Kubica (POL), Lotus Renault GP, R31
18.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
07.09.2014 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
06.09.2014 - Mark Webber (AUS)

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tdubus - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 11:22 AM

Sorry to say but this poll is quite ridiculous... Who cares what we think? Danger has a different meaning depending on who you ask. It's between the employer and employee and ultimately for the employee to decide if he will accept to stop all the activities he basically lives for to put his F1 career as a priority. I find Boulier's explanation/comment on why they accepted this from the pole perfect. An indulger in extreme sports (to some anyway, not to me).

"normal person" - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 11:39 AM

This argument is really stupid would this of happened if it was a doctor or surgeon that had a accident a affected his/her career i love to watch F1 and i was horrified to see that Robert had had a accident and hopes he can recover to see his dream realised again as he is one of the nicest drivers out there but these people who entertain us with their skills cannot (as well as everyone else for that matter) sit in a padded room saying i cant do this i might get hurt it can happen anywhere anytime anyway ps all the best Robert



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