As a junior driver trying to become a professional, i could answer your question
First of all, how dangerous do you think Motor Sport is?
Motorsports has had enourmous leaps in track, staff, and vehicle safety, but at the end of the day, is still quite dangerous. in modern times, statistics show that the racing has fewer deaths and injuries than the public roads.
Do you like Motor Sport? And why?
Motorsports has been my passion for my entire life. The speed, sound, talent, energy, and benefit for the average person's day to day life (personal car) dwarfs any other sport, period.
Do you think being a racing driver is very hard? Needs a lot of skill? Or easy?
It is incredibly difficult, but very rewarding. Most drivers race for the passion of the sport, and are not interested in the money, but you can be incredibly successful if you do it right. Yes, it needs a lot of skill. It also requires timing, luck, commitment, and lots of money to get started.
What do you think about the sex of the racing driver/fan/engineer? e.g, what do you think about women with the boards up next to the cars on the grid?
Well, i don't mean to seem rude here, but to answer this, i ask: what about the cheerleaders in football, basketball. etc? its the same thing. It isn't sexist, and there's nothing wrong with it. position boards is actually an understatement to the football equivalents.
What do you think about Motor Sport games, do they give the impression of how easy/hard it is? Do they encourage young racing drivers?
They are great fun, but do not promote an ideal image of racing. Games portray it as very easy, and quick to make it high up in the racing ladder, when the truth is the polar opposite.
Do you know the cost of racing at all levels? What do you know about this?
Many junior racing formula's (FBMW, FFord, F2000, etc) cost between $30 000, and $200 000 per season. semi-pro formula's (F3, Star Mazda, Indy Lights, etc) can cost a driver nothing if they have proven talent, or between 0.5 million, to 1 million a season if its a pay ride. Professional open wheel drivers make up to 20 million per year in Formula 1. Touring cars, and sports cars can cost between $20 000 per season, to 2 million if its a semi-pro, or pay to race ride. Drivers can make between $50 000 to 0.5 million per season, depending on the discipline, and team.
Do you think it's hard to get into Motor Sport?
Yes, it is very hard. you need to have a passion burning inside you to go anywhere in racing.
Do you think getting into high-end championships (e.g F1) is luck with teams, skill or a bit of both?
Its a combination of everything, but the 2 most important factors are money, and talent. without those, you will go nowhere.
How do you compare Motor Sport to other sports?
Motor sports is the only sport which can offer you improved technology to improve your quality of life, and there is a great deal of talent, commitment, and skill. All racing drivers work like mad to become professionals, and since scholarships are almost unheard of. Because of this, you will never hear of a driver getting free ride to the top, which is the case in 90% of all other sports.
Do you respect Motor Sport?
more than anything else in the world.
Do you respect racing drivers/engineers?
the vast majority of them, yes i do.
Do you think the cost of watching Motor Sport at the track is reasonable?
the price is too low, which as a result means that tracks need to charge more for registration fees, and this contributes to drivers needing to pay to race. Its not the sole contributing factor, but it is an issue. its estimated that 30% of today's professional drivers are pay drivers, when the number should be 0%.
And ultimately, what is you reputation of motor sport? (Optional) Add what you want here.
I think that it is slowly losing its good reputation over many unneccacary scandals, like:
Max Mosley's Nazi Sex party.
constant barrage of rule changes that fans, teams, tracks, and drivers despise.
driver strike on the team budget cap of winter 2008.
Bernie Eccelstone's disregard for fans wishes when making rule changes/ track desisions (sanctoning, etc.).
all in all though, its good for society, entertainment, and pleasure.
3 years of car racing experience