Following a horrific crash at Le Mans in 1955 that saw 80 spectators and 1 driver lose their lives, the Swiss government imposed a ban on motorsports that has lasted 52 years. Earlier this week, Swiss officials announced that the ban would be lifted, possibly paving the way for a Swiss Grand Prix.
It’s interesting to note that this ban seems to be motivated by political taxation reasons rather than any love of the sport. You see the occasional Formula 1 driver has taken refuge in Switzerland as there is no such thing there as a race car driver. Consequently, when tax time comes these millionaires are able to tick the unemployed box on their income tax remittance. As you might guess, the tax coffers could potentially stand to grub a bunch of change from this move.
It’s amusing that the Swiss repeal of the ban comes at a time when there are some folks trying to have racing banned altogether.