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Like all other athletes, why don't many drivers finish schooling?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mohamedou Ari, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Mohamedou Ari

    Mohamedou Ari
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    I understand for some of you, who race like it is something of a career, but, I would have attended Skip Barber Racing School in Leeds, Alabama, but, I get that feeling I won't be able to complete my education.

    I still want to attend when I accumulate wealth and what not, because I want to fulfill my dream of test driving an F1 car. (Don't we all?)

    Even if I was a professional racer, my educational progress would have been priority no. 1, while racing would be no. 2.

    I have read that Bruno Senna managed to finish college while he was racing in some way. What I am trying to say is that not completing your education is something you should never feel proud of. Like all athletes, they have to find some professional trade after retirement.

    What do you think?
  2. Meh, if you have the opportunity to race and if it is your passion, you'll go for it, if not, then it's not your passion ;)

    By the way, I don't dream of driving a F1, unless it's a pre-1982 one :p
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  3. I believe Norbert Michelisz has 2 university degrees. IT & economist. He's not an F1 driver though.

    Zsolt Baumgartner was an F1 driver and he did university studies, however I have no idea how he continued.
  4. I think that its just stupid for any athlete to not complete some sort of education wether it be trade or degree. Because if your main career falls through you have nothing to go back on. And, in all honesty, there is always time to do it, you cant push your body 24hrs a day or it will suffer. Its stupid not too.

    For instance, whilst not a racing driver my uncle tried to become a professional footballer. He got some lower league games in england before coming back to australia, trying to break through in our mediocre leagues (this was the 60-70's). He did play for the socceroos a number of times, but it was lucky he had the prescense of mind to complete a trade and get work in his speciality, particularly after his career didnt take off the way he wanted it too. Because of that, he had something to fall back on and make a more than comfortable living off. And he tells me that learning these skills didnt effect his training at all, he just used his spare time. Whilst its true that some guys make a living off their sport, no one mentions the guys who never quite made it. And there a lot more of them who dont.

    Its the same for racing, especially in the current world. Whilst in the past drivers had to more or less pay their own way to the top, and basically the more money they had the higher they got, modern racing with the increasing sponsorship money and racing scholarships has seen more competition in motor racing then there ever has been before. And this will continue to grow in the future. No longer is racing confined to the rich. It is increasing possible to work your way up, and it will become easier as time passes should you have the talent. More competition means more people who will miss out. And if these guys dont have the plan in place, they may be left with no where to go.

    Speaking directly to Mohammed, your view point is correct. Education is always the top priority. It can even help you in your racing endeavours later on. But I also believe you can do both at the same time. It may be harder, but no way is it impossible. And the guys who choose to forgoe this are not thinking hard enough about their future. :)
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  5. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff Member

    I think racer drivers can start business careers (Like Trulli) so that they can have a source of income post-racing. I do not think anyone have to finish the university, universities should produce professors, scientists, writers, engineers and such.
  6. Can´t say i know many people that actually works with the stuff they read about in school.

    Most have zero use for their education.
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  7. Trulli has a wineyard so he knows what to do after racing :)
  8. At least many football player in the Netherlands have compelted a decent secondary school level. Dennis Bergkamp for example has compelted vwo, which is the highest level of secondary school. Many others have at least completed havo. In the Dutch football academies schooling is as important as football itself.

    Yep, maybe they don't have a degree in college or university, but actually there's no real need to. Even if their career fails many have earned €300.000+ and you can easily go to university or college on a higher age for that..

    One of the best Dutch gymnasts studies medicine during his career as gymnast..

    I think many athletes and sporters in the Netherlands have a decent degree or have the money to follow it later on..
  9. Marian Zelenka

    Marian Zelenka
    The downforce is strong with this one. Premium Member

    If you earn lots of money in your career, even for a short period of time, then you don't have to worry about your education. You can start doing business very easily. You can hire people for that job too. You would just need a comfortable sofa and probably a racing rig. How many real drivers racing online these days? :D

    But if you don't earn lots of money then yes, you'd have to think of back doors.

    Many drivers or musicians own hotels or restaurants for example and they don't work there. And you could be a share holder too. Well, sometimes money is better than education in this world.
  10. It's easy to lose your money and your business though if things turn out badly.
  11. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    like one needs their masters degree in arts to drive.