iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Rush: Formula 1 Risk

Listen now 9 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Rush: Formula 1 Risk

Duration:
9 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 September 2013

‘I accept every time I get in my car, there’s a 20% chance I could die’. It is a line from the F1 hit film Rush, spoken by racing driver Niki Lauda's character. Formula 1 was certainly a dangerous sport during the 1970s, but was it really that dangerous? More or Less looks at the data.

Is it true that it takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade? It is a popular claim, but More or Less finds the environmental facts about plastic bags are much less certain than that statistic suggests.

(Image: Niki Lauda. Credit: Getty Images)

Broadcasts

Free downloads

  1. Image for More or Less: Behind the Stats

    More or Less: Behind the Stats

    Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But…

  2. Image for Tim Harford: Pop-Up Ideas

    Tim Harford: Pop-Up Ideas

    Tim Harford – in the company of Malcolm Gladwell, David Kilcullen and Gillian Tett – uses key…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss