"They held a gun at Dixon's head and asked him for his wallet and his phone. You don't expect that to happen, especially [in Indianapolis]."
Formula 1's television viewership in Britain fell to a 12-year low last season, with audience figures plummeting by 5.1 million viewers
He admitted making the announcement felt "easier now I've stopped racing" as he had been concerned about how sponsors and teams might react.
By 1985, most sports had long since turned their back on apartheid South Africa, but Formula 1 was still competing there annually. When it finally left, humanitarian reasons may not have been top of the agenda.
Handsome, brave and talented, Richard Seaman was among the brightest stars of inter-war grand prix racing, but today he is largely forgotten in Britain. That is in no small part down to his close links with Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone wants grands prix to be split up into two shorter races – because he thinks fans are no longer interested in the current format.
The 61-year-old Briton would not replace Bernie Ecclestone, and would not be involved in the commercial side of the sport.
Max Verstappen's time as 'the next big thing' in Formula 1 was brief: the Dutchman has already stepped up to a starring role in the sport. We sat down with the 19-year-old to discuss his unique and rapid rise to the top.
Lewis Hamilton is to become one of the stars of the next instalment of the ultra-successful games franchise Call of Duty.