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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December 09, 2012 3:54 PM

Spot on Zedd. I thought I must have been the only one to realise what Vettel was doing. He was just trying to big himself up around Kimi. Like a schoolboy who decides to be naughty just because his friend did.

Richard I don't recall James Hunt dropping the f bomb ever.

Nikeros - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 4:41 PM

The gnome wants his drivers to be just like many of his new race tracks - flat and boring. And completely subservient to their corporate masters. I wonder how many drivers have a sudden urgency to empty their bladders when they see him sidle down the grid to give a few pre-race hugs.

shaken - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 5:09 PM

We all know the good old days of Barry Sheene / James Hunt are sadly gone. Even 'King' Kenny Roberts (Sr) once said he would race for nothing just for the thrill of being in a race. Ask a modern racer to do a Grand Prix for nothing (even for charity) and they would start crying. Bernie (Ecclestone) would of course have a fit.


December 09, 2012 6:23 PM

nikeros. to the contrary....bernie is bemoaning the fact that most current drivers are boring etc. if you read the story, he wishes that drivers were actually more interesting etc.

Ian - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 6:56 PM

The drivers today are boring because, well, they're boring. Most have been groomed since they were little kids to be corporate shills, pr men who drive fast, while offending no one. If Bernie thinks that's a bad thing he should consider who is responsible for making F1 a massive corporate enterprise.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 7:05 PM

Think Kimi has been around Americans too much - there it is an acceptable expression - I remember my cousin - whom never swears - back in 1962 in a Tennesee Pancake House when asked if he wanted syrup etc saying yes all the ****. However Vettel should have known better. There is no excuse for bad language one can always substitute a clean word that still portrays your feelings. Many many years ago John Bolster interviewed Innes Ireland as he stopped in his pit - the car having only three wheels answered Bolster's question as to what was wrong by saying "can't you see the ------- wheel's come off?" It led to zero broadcasts of motor sport for many years. Young folks look up to "stars" thus the "stars" need to set a good example


December 09, 2012 7:15 PM

meymac. once again i ask...why is it ok for kimi but not ok for seb? and you also feel that it is acceptable for you to repeat such words on an open forum,where crash feel it neccesary to blank it out. you need to start living in the 21st century!
and as per the second last post, drivers have always used these words.

mary whitehouse would be proud of you!

Chris - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 9:25 PM

This is getting silly with people on their high horses with poor attempts at slating Vettel for coming out with a few choice words.
Time people just joined everyone else on planet earth an accept swearing as part of everyday life whether kids are in range of hearing it or not. Its not just F1 you hear it in, you hear much worse in football from players but kids will still watch the sport.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 9:48 PM

Much ado about nothing. Do the current drivers really have less "character" than those of ten, twenty, thirty, forty years ago? I don't think so. The game itself is different - drivers are a lot less likely to wind up dead than they used to. Maybe that skews some peoples perceptions of "character".

As for the double-standard applied to Kimi vs Seb, nothing new there I'm afraid. When people STOP applying different standards to Vettel I'll fall out of my chair in shock.

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