F1 » Ecclestone: Drivers 'can’t be characters'


Bernie Ecclestone says that the current crop of F1 drivers are no longer allowed to be

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Judd Onix - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 1:54 PM

I don't believe the outrage about a few swear words being uttered is connected with political correctness. It is more to do with self appointed religious moral guardians of society and the right wing press, who are hardly supporters of political correctness.

rob01

December 09, 2012 2:01 PM

Bernie is NOT just talking of someone swearing. He used Vettel as an example a couple of weeks ago. He said the boy had no charisma. He wants character to be allowed instead of the mono tone comments he gets now.

Liam48 - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 2:18 PM

I'm sorry but if no one has noticed swearing as recently been incorporated into everyday use in the English language. I no longer see most swear words as insults maybe it's because the younger generation use it as jokes to their friends.

I guess swearing insults the elder generation ( no offence to anyone) & probably it is unacceptable from a religious background but religion in Britain has lost it's way and swearing is just seen as part of everyday life.

As someone said earlier. They're just words which most people don't know the meaning of anymore.

Pinky - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 2:29 PM

Swearing's part of life now...well more so now any way. As for the character thing. everyone is a character. is how they are that defines what type of charicter they are.

Kimi's character is: quite and lets his driving do all the talking.

Alonso's character is: cry baby if things get tough for him.

Vettel's character is: Up beat and bouncy but acts like a spoilt brat if things don't go his way.

etc etc

Zedd

December 09, 2012 2:31 PM

There are a few differences between Kimi swearing and Vettel swearing to start off. Kimi swore because that's just how he expresses himself- he doesn't care about how he is perceived and its a part of his character. Vettel swore just because Kimi did and that is also part of his character...

Drivers can be characters in other ways than swearing, but in swearing they can reveal some of their character more quickly than they would through an ordinary interview. In this instance it helped to show Kimi's lack of caring for his own image and helped to show Vettel's lack of maturity, which isn't character but a lack thereof.

Interestingly, Alonso seems to have shown this season that his character is something under control- not for the public's consumption. Which in itself is telling.

richard

December 09, 2012 3:00 PM

zedd. so its all right for kimi to use an everyday word, but not for seb to do so? who are you to decide who is mature and who isnt?
and as for your comment that alonso has his character under control? i dont see that!

looking at some of these self righteous posts makes me wonder if they were written by tose who were not around in the 60 and 70s. never hear of james hunt? he swore like a trooper, and smoked. and there were others who were not averse to drugs.

all drivers swear over the radio, but these are not aired. the probem is that the interviews are done when adrenalin is still high.

i dont find it neccessary to use bad language, but neither do i take offense when someone uses it in the heat of the moment. maybe i am getting too old to care?

making racial comments, as another driver has done, is far more worrying.

mrfill

December 09, 2012 3:20 PM

@richard
..and don't forget Kenneth Tynan who started the whole thing on TV!
I believe we are of similar age and I totally agree with what you say, putting paid to the idea that oldies are hurt by swearing.
I think the most hilarious thing though is that while 'grown-up' newspapers usually print exactly what is said, the red-tops use asterisks instead for words like 'fork' or 'slit' or 'clot' - I assume that's what they mean to say.

Even funnier is that an internet site called crash.net sees fit to be nanny and insists on doing the same in articles and posts.

Regarding James Hunt. He was a well known user of weed. Murray would say that James had just popped out to 'walk round the circuit' when he slipped out for a crafty joint...

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