F1 » Alonso: Less respect in F1 than years gone by

Fernando Alonso rues a lack of respect between drivers in F1 compared to years gone by

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May 09, 2012 10:20 PM

Not arguing for the sake of it - but every one needs a bit of respect, life's pretty difficult without it. It's what you do with your bit of given respect that matters, build on it or loose bits of it.

Without any respect, Conversation & Communication can cease.

You can win respect - you can loose respect, but you have have a little bit to start off with (Well that what Aretha Franklin reckons!)

the legendary T A - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 11:40 PM

Gilles was absoultely flying on the inlap , he drove like this all the time , he pushed his luck too far , he piloted a helicopter with a constant red light mechanical warning and frightened the life out of Jody Scheckter who saw the warning light when Gilles was flying Scheckter somewhere. Scheckter became quite annoyed at Gilles for such carelessness. But he was the fastest of all time , no doubt , in the mould of the Flying Mantuan himself

JOHN - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 1:13 AM

In a sense what Alonso says is true. In bygone years, there was character now sadly missing, both the tracks and drivers. However, this is not to say the drivers got on well beck then as well, it's believed Gilles (Villeneuve) may have died because of a massive falling out with his then team mate Didier Pironi over a race position at Imola (previous race). Its been said Gilles would 'never again talk to Pironi'- it was to be F1's greatest tragedy he never would.

Lewis Go Away! - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 2:43 AM

I hate to say this but the only one that doesnt give respect (but want it alot) is lulu! Strutting around like he owns the place. IMHO, lulu made F1 less classy - meaning less professional and more cheap glamour.

However, I think what Alonso means is that there was more respect then when they raced because the cars closely matched and safety features on the car and on track were less.


May 10, 2012 3:24 AM
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Alan Jones, at an F1 breakfast earlier this year, described Gilles as a hard but always fair competitor. He said he could not say the same of Nelson Piquet.

I think there is a risk, when talking about the honour which drivers had for Gilles and his driving, of that being construed to suggest that there was greater mutual respect amongst the drivers at that time. I asked Jones that very question at the breakfast, and he said he didn't think there was much difference between then and now.

Perhaps the period when drivers did have great respect for each other was further back in time, in the days of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, and Jack Brabham.


May 10, 2012 7:28 AM

Taipan you are absolutely right. Some people eh! As far as I remember this was the height of the FISA/FOCA war. There were only six cars on the track at Dijon (the FISA teams) as FOCA boycoted the race and there was a gentlemans agreement that whomever was in the lead by a certain point would be the one to win the race. Just like Mika and DC at Oz 1998. Gilles WAS incensed and NEVER would speak to Pironi ever again and was killed at Zolder trying to get one over at that Belgian race. These disagrees are from people who don't know the facts.


May 10, 2012 9:25 AM

The important thing is that F1 now respects all the drivers' lives. Fangio saw 30 drivers die in his 10 years of racing, whereas we've now had 18 deathless years, in F1 at least. That's the kind of respect that matters. And Jackie Stewart has shown ultimate respect by making it happen. Who cares whether drivers bi*ch at each other?

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