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 10, 2012 9:50 AM
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Whats ignorant about saying he's having a pop at Rosberg....who pulled a fairly harsh move on him at the previous GP....or run him clean of the track, depends on your point of view.

As for respect in general, the digital age is dehumanising the human race, we are on a never ending downwards spiral so it would seem, respect has long since disappeared in most cases. Motor racing has been the exception, look at footballers and the way they behave.


May 10, 2012 10:30 AM

This may sound harsh but its hard to get drivers to respect each other when the rules surrounding F1 are so restrictive.

What happened to a blue flag only being a warning that a faster driver is coming behind you so you know not to block them? These days if a lower running set of drivers are fighting for position are shown the blue flag they have to immediately pull over & let people through. & no real overtaking happens anymore, Why should it when DRS means you can overtake almost at will or pit stops are planned & timed to overtake while stationary.

Get racing back into F1 and respect will return

kooper - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 10:36 AM

I'm sorry, but the way this comment from Alonso has been sensationalized by various sites is ridiculous. When you read the actual comment from Alonso, word for word, it's pretty apparent that he doesn't 'insist' that there's a 'lack of respect':
"I believe there is not that mutual respect there was back then."
"On top of that, there was definitely more respect then than there is now between us drivers, partly because they knew that, in those cars, they were risking their lives."

I can't see anything anywhere stating that there isn't enough respect between the drivers...


May 10, 2012 11:44 AM

BoufieWolf, You're right the FOCA teams had pulled out of the San Marino race but it wasn't just a gentleman's agreement between them not to pass, because they were sat first and second with Alboreto almost a minute behind in third Ferrari told them to turn down their engines. Pironi overtook Villeneuve on the last lap with no time for Gilles to take the first place back, there was only a third of a second between them when they crossed the line. You can understand why he was pissed off.

One of the drivers (Scheckter or Andretti I think) went back to Zolder a couple of days after Villeneuve's crash, all of the car parks were completely empty all that was left sat on it's own was Gilles helicopter. Sad image.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 12:42 PM

Beeflin's right, the mutual respect from knowing you are in a killing machine has gone - plus these guys are not really 'friends' between races. Read any one of 'Challenge Me The Race', 'My Champion Year', 'My Cars My Career' or (especially)'Mon Ami Mate' and you'll get the picture


May 10, 2012 1:01 PM
Last Edited 1449 days ago

Piercarlogassolin, have you ever read Formula 1 The Autobiography? That is full of qoutes from the Times newspaper. The likes of Hiil,Clarke and Surttees and others were friendly and went dinking together.
On another note, Frank Williams was at Damon Hills christening.


May 10, 2012 1:54 PM


Regarding the Blue Flags and overtaking Backmarkers. I really thought the Driver being overtaken had to let the overtaking driver(s) pass within the next two corners.
Had a look on several sites and am no clearer on this.


May 10, 2012 2:53 PM

@ ghog

F.I.A. Blue rule book states that when a F1 driver is shown the blue flag they do indeed have to pull over within 2 corners and let the lapping car past. However if a car shown the blue flag is involved in a fight for position with another car if they carry on this even if they pull over within 2 corners they can then receive a penalty for impeding a faster car.

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