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That was 16 out of about 40 drivers or so, so it isn't quite as extreme as it sounds. What happened since is that Schumacher came along, was successful, and that made F1 very popular in Germany. We now have 6(?) Germans in F1, and they all grew up being inspired by Schuey. Alonso's success probably brought more Spanish interest into F1. But where are the successful Italian drivers? Trulli being fast over a single lap and then being a mobile chicane in the race isn't going to inspire kids to say (in Italian) "When I grow up, I want to be like Jarno". And why should changing proportions of nationalities be a bad thing. In ten years time we might have four Poles and two Russians, and in twenty years time we might be back to seven Italians. F1 isn't about what nationality you are, and its a sport where (in the UK at least), you can happily support a German or a Brazilian and nationality just doesn't come into it.



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