Formula One represents the absolute heights of cutting edge engineering and design technology. There is no other sport on earth quite like it. The only other one that comes to mind is the American's Cup yachting competition and it occurs only every 4-years. The cost of campaigning an F1 car for a season is a closely held secret, but it's been estimated to be somewhere in the vicinity of $200 million for each car and most teams have two cars at the track and two in reserve. Ferrari employs over 600 people in its F1 effort alone. It is a sport that attracts the most glamorous of the glamorous. Celebrities and royalty walk the paddock. The drivers and team managers are multimillionaires. 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher is a billionaire who's salary as a driver was $40 million a year! Champagne, caviar and beautiful women.
How, one might ask, can this sport possibly be welcome in Islamic countries? But it is. In fact, as the F1 circus makes its world-wide tour it has stops in 5 Islamic nations: Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Singapore and Turkey. The following photos are representative of the beautiful Islamic women in the F1 paddock, but more importantly, they represent a peek into the modern, liberated Islam that you simply won't find in any local Western news media.
Mr Charleston is off to visit grandkids. See you on the flip side. Happy Thanksgiving. Peace