F1 » Minardi survival would have seen Italians in F1

Former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi has added his voice to those expressing concern over the lack of Italian talent coming through the racing ranks.

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Pete - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 1:09 PM

Isn't Torro Rosso (the team Minardi turned into) a place for new talent anyway? I think picking drivers based just on their nationality is as bad as picking those with budget

ed - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 3:11 PM

A better photo would have been Minardi's Italian driver Luca Badoer wandering aimlessly sobbing after his Minardi broke down while he was in the points!

jake butler - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 3:12 PM

i can predict a bit of an italian backlash in the coming years. Look at GP2, GP3, WSbR, all formulas with italian drivers in an indeed predicted for f1 drives in the future. No world champion for italy for how long? Since 1953??? Well, for a nation that at one point had more than 30per cent of the seats on the grid and with a strong race passion, italy really need a WDC. austria has as many world champs with little heritage in racing.

herowassenna - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 3:20 PM

What a completely ridiculous argument!!!
I'm an Italian and Ferrari fan. We support the teams not the drivers, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia in rallying and Maserati at various times. Who drives for these teams has never been important to Italians, we just want the best racers available to win for "Italy"
In the Uk, the only time this example existed was British Racing Green Lotus. Maybe Jaguar at Le Mans.
Over here, people hero worship a driver because of his nationality, "the British World Champion" Brazil is the same, look at Senna's legacy there.
Yet in Europe, the teams are more fundamental than the drivers.

herowassenna - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 3:25 PM

As Italians, we support racers like Villeneuve, Senna, Alesi, Mansell and Hamilton and Alonso now.
Great drivers like Scheckter, Prost, Schumacher, Button and Vettel don't inspire the gladiator spirit. Huge respect for their ability and skill but theres no passion there at all.
In MotoGP, I guarantee we prefer Hailwood, Sheene, Fogarty, Rossi and Lorenzo as great racers as opposed to great riders like Agostini, Spencer, Doohan and Casey Stoner.
It's all different tastes, but for Italians to get behind an Italian driver, he has to have a racers drive, not just artistic ability...


February 22, 2012 7:38 PM

Whoooaa with the national stereotypes! Admitedly, you're right that many British seem to favour a driver over a team, but it isn't all of us.

Personally, I very rarely support a British driver, and have no desire to go to British Grand Prix, especially if a British driver is doing well! There is way too much importance placed on British drivers in the press, and even the British commentary is one sided. I guess those outside Britain who get the BBC commentary will see that so much more than me.

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