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Drivers are warned to watch their language after Abu Dhabi podium

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xxruss - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:39 AM

@ richard

Yes, it is a big deal. These words are used in real life, but reasonable people don't spit them out for the general public to overhear, because the general public would find it offensive. In a closed conversation, it would be fine, of course.

This is family viewing, during mid-Sunday afternoon family programming time-slots. It is inappropriate for professional sports people to use such language at that time/place.

As for their native languages, that is ridiculous to suggest that they are just repeating what they have heard, they both have a very good grasp of English. Don't forget, both teams are based in England using mainly English speaking engineers etc. They both knew exactly what they were saying.

SpeedD - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:51 AM

One could notice Alonso's impatience with the whole podium talk, he had his trophy and had almost left whilst Bieber kept waffling about this and that. Apart from the swearing i thought it was very childish of Bieber to pour 'champiagn' on Coulthard like that, especially that kimi was still speaking. Childish attention seeking behaviour. Thank goodness Lewis wasnt involved in this whole swearing business because this site would literally have crashed with the usual comments of hate.


November 09, 2012 11:52 AM

xxruss. i doubt that f1 would be classed as family viewing. however, i myself do not find the need to resort to bad language, but i certainly did not take any offence at its use. in fact, it was basically unnoticable in the interview.

you must lead a very sheltered life if you do not hear these words used in everyday parlance.

there is a rumour that the fia in future will introduce a rule that penalises a five place grid drop for every time an 'unapproved' word is used. some drivers could very well be starting a week after the others!

pc - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 11:53 AM

Come on get real folks
5hit is not that big a deal and after all we all do that every day
Fv*k on the other hand was probably a lil bit too strong and I think Vettel was actually trying to outdo Kimi since pretty sure they both set this up as a bet/dare between themselves while in the post race 'cap room' about 5 minutes earlier


November 09, 2012 12:00 PM

@ Time slots, unfortunately the rest of the world doesnt revolve around F1, Kimi should have used 'Pooh' instead of 'Shit', Seb should have said 'Fluffed' instead of 'Fucked', or give them grid penalties in the next race, or as Richard says, forget the podium interview for TV audiences, im sure its a Sky Sports addition (some extra showbiz)

Mc-Merc - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 12:04 PM

Some people say they find foul language in their everyday lives normal and acceptable... But if they went to a bank and they were spoken to like that they would think they were dodgy...
Also, some doubt that F1 may be considered family viewing, but indeed it is. Even my 6 yo child watches it and it is embarrassing to hear our heroes swearing like their mouths are a toilet. It's very disappointing having to explain that people that one admires can't even refrain from swearing for a few minutes, at least as a sign of respect.
Anyone who condones this behaviour thinking it is justifyable in any way is a fool.

Blackstar - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 12:25 PM

F1 double standards again..
Hamilton gets slammed within an hour after making his Ali G remark to a journalist, and these guys get warned for swearing in front of millions of viewers on live TV 5 days later.CLASSIC !!

woody - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 12:26 PM

it didn't bother me personally,now i am no alonso fan but this year he has changed alot and i think he is more liked now and on the podium he showed who is a professional by the way he conducted himself,so hats off to him,i actually hope he wins the title but think it will be the finger unfortunately

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