well yes i guess F1 would be nowhere near the global status it has. without bernie he made it huge with the tv element & make the series professional from a bunch of hobby enthusiastsWithout a doubt the most influential person in the history of F1 is Bernie Ecclestone.
Interesting question. Obviously there are motorsport categories that continue to see occasional fatalities - IndyCar, Motorbikes most obviously - that have relative big fan followings and TV coverage. But not as big as F1, clearly.a series where every 3 races either at the track or in another series a driver is killed. would the TV executives actually wanted it
Safety standards increased in all areas of life and continue to do so. Watching an Indy 500 from the 60s, I looked up the grid and of those 30 drivers some 13 had died within 5 years of that race alone. Motor racing is inherently dangerous. The danger involved is part of the thrill for drivers and spectators alike, although times have changed and death as an outcome of an incident has become less tolerable.but was that enabled by Jackie Stewart because he made the sport viable if they kept at the death rate (according to BBC) they had 29 f1 drivers died in 1960s which is 29 in 100 races. a series where every 3 races either at the track or in another series a driver is killed. would the TV executives actually wanted it
but this is most influential F1 figure, if Hamilton does equal Schumacher record I wouldn't say that he was influential. he has had some memorable moments most often for the wrong reasons. but he's top 5 but there a few above himIt's reasonable to vote for Schumacher. After all he is the sports most successful driver.
Michael Schumacher is an international brand much like Senna, he is known worldwide.but Jackie Stewart revolutionised Circuit safety. Sid Watkins in JYS words "He was responsible for more life saving than anyone else". Charlie Whiting had huge influence on all F1 on track matters for 31 yrs & we saw his loss when he died at start of 2019 season. Bernie Ecclestone transformed F1 in the modern spectacle you see now & Adrian Newey transformed Car Design still best you can get after 30 yrs in F1