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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Buzz45 - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 9:50 PM

@chris. There has to be a point in life where we keep at least some semblance of decency, nothing to do with high horses, just common decency and a little respect for others. Iknow all the swear words and a few more, BUT, there is a time and place, if we don't draw the line somewhere we will end up with no decency or respect or morals whatsoever, and what a sad day that would be.


December 09, 2012 11:21 PM

Wasn't the big hoo-hah about the fact that swearing in public in Abu Dhabi is a criminal offence and F1 was seen as 'being above the law'? Bernie's circus shouldn't be above the rules and regulations of a country just because it shows up and draws some money and attention - that's just a slippery slope.

Yes, the TV thing is a problem, but it happens all the time - DC (as the presenter/interviewer) did what he was supposed to do and apologised to the public.

FreeJack - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 8:50 AM

I can't stand that people are so cravenly politically correct nowadays that a professional driver, in his excitement after a win, is vilified for using an expletive like this...it's ridiculous. He wasn't offending any particular group or ethnicity, it was just A WORD. It only has the power that people give it.


December 10, 2012 12:22 PM

Bernie must have missed the Alonso soap opera. FA gave the series a weekly drama that i don't believe has been matched for years. He moaned so much you would have thought he put a dump truck in the points on a weekly basis. Next year i think FA stars in a new series called smoke and mirrors. Now there is some Character.


December 10, 2012 12:51 PM

seb turned up at awards ceremony without his passport and was nearly refused entry to turkey.
kimi reluctantly turned up, and despite the requirement for black tie, did not bother wearing one. said that HE made the rules!

so we doo still have some characters, thankfully!

DreadUK - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 2:06 PM

I don't bother watching the award ceremonies, too many primadonnas (is that offensive to primadonnas?) on the podium at one time for me. However I would say that if the swearing was a genuine mistake then too bad. Vettel should know better but there have been better men/women/transgender (careful) than him blurting out a swear word during a live broadcast and the instant response is usually an apology from the broadcaster.

Sadly though the majority in Western society are dictated to by minorities. If you are a white, Anglo Saxon Protestant you have to watch your P's and Q's lest you unintentionally insult the single person from millions watching who might take the hump.

Whoop's.....sorry, shouldn't say hump, it might be offensive.

See what I did there.......I apologised.....clever eh!

Aydee - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 10:11 AM

Words alone doesn,t make a person's character.I think Kimi is a very colourful character himself.In my opinion,almost half the races involve his character,from his radio com to his crew,to his win to his excursion in the last race.


December 16, 2012 1:35 PM
Last Edited 1077 days ago

Thinking about the swearing, what happened to delayed TV transmissions?

Would have thought with modern technology, interviews could be easliy delayed and the worst words bleeped out.

As for swearing becoming acceptable, try swearing at a Copper and see how you get on. Probably two warnings and then you nicked!

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