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And earns a 10 place grid spot penalty. Like seriously?
Last edited by rage-wrx; 09-23-2013 at 11:54 AM.
From what I understand, Webber received the 10 place grid penalty because this was his third reprimand of the season and that's the automatic penalty. It was unfortunate, but I think Webber's at the point of his F1 career where none of that matters much to him any more.
Yes it's happened many times before.
I disagree on the reprimand. It's one of the few "human" moments in the sport that isn't entirely contrived. The press conferences are an elaborate advertising campaign, the drivers generally retreat into clima caravans or 5* hotels immediately, everyone's a billionaire, and there's almost nothing with which one can relate.
The ride back to the pits, and whatever it is that Ecclestone wants us to believe is his hair, are two of the very few traditions left at this point. People that want something sensible buy anoraks, they generally don't do Grands Prix.
Consider that Senna not only hitched a ride from Mansell (above) but also at one point punched Eddie Irvine (something about a mountain bike?). It was all part of the sport and it still should be part of the sport.
EDIT: Heh, Senna is wearing Diadora. Wish I could find a NOS pair of Martin Mulligan Diadora tennies. Those were the days. And Mansell is advertising beer. Haven't seen it at the grocer's in a while. I wonder.
Last edited by SD_GR; 09-23-2013 at 01:25 PM.
Senna does it in style. & nice kick. Around the 1:40 mark.
Edit:Ninja post by Spiros beats me to it.
MS who is never known to lose his temper got so close to punching Coulthard at Spa. If it weren't for the mechanics,we'd have seen a nice fight.
Sadly today's fights have come down to showing fists in protest & screaming matches.
Yes well today we have brand new, ultra-modern, highly sterile courses to consider, and each driver is an industry that supports numerous people, from business advisors to stylists. We can't have that sort of thing, someone might break a nail or get a run in their tights.
There were people on the grid this century who's fathers had gotten out of the cockpit and punched someone last century. Even in the car, some of the greatest in my lifetime have outright rammed other greats.
Now? Well I suppose Button's DQ for illegal fuel tanks is some sort of consolation -- people are still breaking the rules as such rather than breaking the rules and being rewarded -- but ramming and fighting seem to be a thing of the past.
Money changes everything.
What fascinates me is that a Brazilian driver driving for an Italian team & a Spaniard driving for an English team,neither of whose native tongue is Italian, curse at each other & argue in Italian. Italian always seems to make everything sound more dramatic than it actually is.
I wish Raikkonen would learn Italian. At least it would make his already interesting radio transmissions,more interesting.
I thought they made English the lingua franca for all transmissions, to facilitate selling commercials vs. actually communicating etc. So Ferrari would even today transmit in English not just to Alonso but even to an Italian -- Alboreto, say. Renault would transmit in English even to a Frenchman, and so on.
Most public radio transmissions from Ferrari to Alonso are in Italian. If I'm not mistaken Toro Rosso also communicates in Italian now & then.
I wonder if it's legal to restrict language in the EU. Airlines are a special case, as is NATO. For a corporation to do so doesn't sound all that founded. Fining Ferrari for using Italian -- one of over 20 official languages -- in the EU generally is odd; doing it at the Italian or San Marino Grands Prix would be a lot more than odd. I can't imagine realistically expecting that to stick.
In fact even one of the dozens of official minority languages could work I think. I wonder if in Italy they could transmit in Greco... Hmm...
Anyway I'm underwhelmed by the notion of a lingua Franca in a sport/fashion show/etc that is a modern GP.