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The global downturn has seen both sponsors and constructors abandon Formula One. But the sport is unsustainable anyway

By David Goldblatt   December 2009

When we come to write the history of global warming, the outcome of December’s Copenhagen Climate Conference will occupy much of the section about 2009. The Abu Dhabi grand prix, which closed this year’s Formula One season in early November, might prove a good prologue. If nothing else, the event showcased the combination of vested interests and the culture of consumption that make the task of Copenhagen delegates so hard.

Flagrant waste of fossil fuels and grand prixs were once the preserve of the west; now other countries are joining in. The globalisation of car-focused industrialisation and Formula One have…

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