Thursday's newspaper had 'Road Deaths' as its leading article. On the same front page, was a commercial press release, masquerading as 'news', about a wonderful demonstration of an F1 car for the public. That happened on Saturday, closing down the city centre and encouraging more hoonism.
Today's paper had a report on the excitement, detailing the 300 km/hr speed achieved on what is normally a public road, and the many '360s' the professional driver performed for the adoring crowds.
I am a bit of a petrol head myself. I confess.
I am also appalled by the road fatalities here, one of the highest rates per capita in the world (and astronomical when you consider how much of the population is bus-bound and unable to drive). The biggest cause of death on the roads is speed; closely followed by not wearing seat belts, driving dangerously, being distracted by texting or the video playing, and all fuelled by a fatalistic disregard for personal responsibility.
The young drivers have high-powered cars and love to decorate the road with skids and tyre burns from their antics. They hardly need to be encouraged in their madness by 'professional' drivers setting a bar for them to emulate.
Marius and I did not venture to the main display, but we did witness the marshalling of the parade of private vehicles that preceded the main event.
Feast your eyes: