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F1 fans and double standards

Posted in F1 with tags , , , on July 31, 2013 by James O'Connor

Double standards (1)

Some F1 fans seem to decide which drivers have bad luck and someone else doesn’t. This is when they don’t even know the facts.

Let’s pick the Red Bull drivers as an example.

Webber has had a lot of bad luck without a doubt and people feel sorry for him for ages after events, but when Vettel has a problem, it’s not bad luck and people celebrate it and say he deserves it. Quite incredible. Double standards once again.

If you look at this, Vettel has had just as many problems as Webber – http://

That just shows how good a driver Vettel is. He has been able to bounce back from bad luck.

Double standards (2)

When Massa (Japan 2013) and Webber (Silverstone 2011) ignored team orders, people were delighted they did it and praised them. I’m glad they did as well as we want to see drivers race.

The double standards strike once again when it comes to Malaysia 2013. Vettel did the exact same thing and people said he is a ”nazi”, a cancer on the sport, I hope he crashes and dies and he should be banned. Absolutely disgraceful abuse and complete hypocrisy.


There’s more examples, mainly Vettel ones. Two I feel is enough for now.

Be VERY careful what you believe on twitter. Quite a lot of fans go in the double standards category in my opinion.

Just so you know Vettel fans (as they get abused the most), some fans of other drivers have serious respect for him. I would be one of those. We’ve got your back.

I end the blog with the following message under the picture. This is just my opinion.



No place in the F1 community for fans who boo or hate drivers

Posted in F1 with tags , , on June 20, 2013 by James O'Connor

In the last year or so, the lack of respect towards drivers has been alarming. Some people on social media have come out with the most sick things.







Why it’s not acceptable and makes me angry

There is plenty more examples of this kind of vile rubbish on social media and maybe the booing is even happening at other tracks. Let’s see what they do at Silverstone.

What happened in Montreal was disgusting and unacceptable and at the BBC forum at the British GP last year.

You don’t have to like a driver, but at least you should  show respect to them (I don’t like the things Alonso says, but I respect him because he is very talented).

The booing Vettel got after he was announced to the crowd was shameful, and then they started chanting Alonso’s name while he was talking. Then the comments on social media from people praising the booing is just not right and made me very very angry indeed. 

The lack of respect for Vettel (especially) and other drivers is just shocking.

Every fan base will always have a few idiots, but in the last few years, more F1 fans have turned into those football fans who say the most vile things as shown above.  

We are truly lucky to witness this special era of formula one with four incredibly talented drivers who would have been mega in any era. Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

We also have multiple grand prix winners in Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, Jenson Button (JB a WDC as well of course) and Felipe Massa. 

What if you said you wanted the driver you hate to crash and the driver then died?

What if someone said to you that you were a cancer on the world?

What if someone called you a c*** and a a n*zi? Have a big, long think about that.

People who say these things are not F1 fans and should be ashamed of themselves. You will never be welcome in the F1 community. 

Why Sebastian Vettel is a special talent despite what haters say

Posted in F1 with tags , , , on May 14, 2013 by James O'Connor

”Vettel only wins because he has the best car.” ”Vettel was lucky in 2012”. ”Vettel needs to win another title at a different team to be a truly great driver”. ”Vettel has never been in a slow car and we need to see him prove himself in a slow car”.  ”Vettel is favoured by Red Bull Racing”. These are the reasons the haters use to constantly use to bash Sebastian Vettel with.

Well, let’s have a look at the facts shall we.


.Vettel is the only driver to have got a podium (the extraordinary win at Monza) and top 5 finishes for Toro Rosso in their history, including an incredible fourth in the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix The Torro Rosso was not even a top three car in either of those years, which means he has proved himself in a slower car.

.Vettel has beaten his teammate every year since he started in F1. 

.Vettel has won in each full season he has had in F1. 

.Vettel is the youngest triple world champion in F1 history.

.Vettel is the youngest winner and pole sitter in F1 history.

.Vettel has the most poles of anyone on the current grid, and already third on the all-time list after just 5 and bit seasons.

Why Vettel is so good

A brilliant qualifier and starter when on pole: Vettel makes Sundays much easier for himself by grabbing pole regularly. Is that his fault? No, it isn’t, even though the haters get mad saying it’s ”boring”. When he gets pole, he usually takes full advantage like a great driver does and gets out of the DRS zone early in races and usually wins.

Austin 2012: A stunning lap

Now a great overtaker who has learned from his mistakes: After some very silly moves in wheel-to-wheel combat in 2010 (Turkey and Belgium come to mind), Vettel has improved hugely in wheel-to-wheel battles since then. We saw plenty of evidence last year that he can fight through the field, especially in Belgium, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. It showed he’s a really great racer now.

Turkey 2010: A very bad error

Malaysia 2013: Making a brilliant move without crashing. Learned from Turkey 2010

Massive mental strength to recover from huge blows: Vettel’s mental strength is seriously impressive. Everyone talks about Alonso’s mind games and how they get into his rivals minds, but they haven’t got in Sebastian’s head.

Twice in three years the title went down to the final race, and both times the German held his nerve to take the title and deny Alonso. His drive in Brazil last year from the back was truly special.

Everyone talks about Alonso’s bad luck in 2012 (the accident in Belgium was awful of course, Japan was his fault in my opinion), but the haters easily forget that Vettel was cruelly robbed of an easy victory in Valencia.

He gets the maximum out of the car and the cars he has had are not as dominant as people think: He made stupid errors in 2010 (+ quite a bit of bad luck) which made it harder than it should have been, the one year Red Bull did have quite an advantage over the field.

Since then though, I feel the young German has really got the best out of the car pretty much every single weekend.

In 2011, it wasn’t as easy as Vettel made it look. He crushed the whole field but many in the paddock and some fans of F1, including myself, thought the Mclaren was just as fast for most of that season. Sadly Lewis Hamilton had personal problems + Vettel’s brilliance were the main reason why we didn’t see a close championship.

It was the same last year in terms of car speed, with the Mclaren the fastest car at a number of races. Hamilton though was mega but had a lot of bad luck in 2012. Vettel kept bringing home the car in the points and then went and won four successive races to gain the championship lead and never lost it from there.

If the Red Bull was so dominant, Webber would be second in the championship every year, but he has never finished second, which once again shows how good Sebastian Vettel.

He has destroyed Webber: Mark is a very popular driver with a lot of fans and highly rated driver by a lot of people in the paddock. Why is he popular with fans? I don’t know. He is a hypocrite in my honest opinion. On his day in fairness to him, he can beat Sebastian with some serious speed.

However, Vettel is fast everywhere and Webber doesn’t have the speed over the whole season and consistency to get near Vettel in the championship. The one chance he had was in 2010 when Vettel had a lot more bad luck than him which people tend to forget, he bottled it in Korea when he crashed out of the race.

In 2011 and 2012, Vettel has hammered Webber and is doing so once again so far in 2013.

His overtakes (T1 and then T4)  on Webber in Malaysia were incredible and showed he didn’t forget Silverstone 2011 or Brazil 2012. Good on the young german for taking him on and beating him. And good on him for not apologising to Webber who got a taste of his own medicine.

He needs to win another championship in car another to be a true great”: That’s what some haters say. What a load of absolute load of nonsense that is. Alonso has only won his championships in the Renault, so going by your logic Vettel haters, Alonso can’t be a true great either.

A bunch of hypocrites.


Vettel is a very special talent, and even though I’m a massive Kimi fan and is the only driver I support, Vettel is great to watch. 

He consistently gets bashed by ”fans” (haters really) of other drivers and Andrew Benson (BBCF1 chief writer and Alonso fanboy), but he has more class and has done way more in his life already than any of them ever will. They can keep bashing away, but the facts are ignored by them and all the evidence is over the internet that they’re wrong.

He consistently delivers wins, podiums and championships. He has broken many many records along the way to his three world championships so far, showing how special he is at the wheel of an F1 car. He could become the greatest driver in the history of F1. 

Instead of some hating him, some people should respect Vettel for his brilliance.



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Malaysian GP – The incident – Webber – A defence of Sebastian Vettel

Posted in F1 with tags , , on March 25, 2013 by James O'Connor

The incident 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since yesterday – a dramatic and controversial race in Malaysia yesterday was won by Sebastian Vettel after he ignored team orders to stay in position behind Mark Webber,who was leading the grand prix. 

It all began to start on Lap 26 when Vettel said the following on team radio “Mark is too slow, get him out of the way”. Red Bull ignored his request.

Then after Vettel pitted on Lap 42,Webber pitted on Lap 43. He came out just in front of the German.

After surviving that initial attack,Seb got through a couple of laps later after an incredible scrap and went on to win comfortably.

Webber was obviously massively unhappy after the race 

I don’t feel sorry for Mark Webber

Does Webber have the right though to be that unhappy? No,in my opinion. I don’t feel sorry for him as the next bit show why. Clear double standards and ”memory loss” from Webber. He just got beaten by a better driver on the day and the previous three years. 

Let’s rewind the clock back to Silverstone 2011. Vettel was in second with Webber in third nearing the end of the race. The team said to Mark to back it off,but he didn’t. He failed to overtake though.

Webber said this after the race – “Of course I ignored the team because I wanted to try and get a place. Seb was doing his best, I was doing my best. I wasn’t going to crash with anyone.”

Defence of Sebastian Vettel

So,I now move on to Vettel’s part in this drama today.

He was told by Horner on the radio to maintain position. Also known as ”multi 21.”

However,he didn’t do that and went on to overtake Webber after a huge scrap between them. He then pulled away to take a comfortable win.

Should he have ignored the team? Probably not and it could be a mistake come the end of the year if he needs help from Webber. I can completely understand why he did it though.

With Fernando Alonso,the man most likely to be his main championship rival in 2013 out of the race,Sebastian needed to take full advantage of that,and he did. Brilliantly in fact.

Those 7 extra points could be massive at the end of the 2013 championship.

It was brilliant and quite refreshing to see someone ignore team orders and just go for it. Vettel showed his speed and class today. He showed once again how good he now is at racing wheel-to-wheel and getting the overtakes done.

I don’t want to see boring processions and I want to thank Sebastian for doing what he did today. That’s why I watch Formula One. To see thrilling,side-by-side action and no team orders ruining it for us. It’s a massive shame Rosberg didn’t do the same.

F1 is about winning and not trying to please the fans. Sebastian is doing a great job and today just confirmed to me how much I respect the guy. He grabbed that race like Schumacher,Alonso or Senna would have and took the win.

Vettel is a human being like all of us,we all make mistakes.

Double standards and hypocrites on social media

I’ve been on twitter for about 4 years now. Clearly there is a lot of silly people on their who hate drivers so much and really are a tarnish on the sport. The main one seems to be Vettel,which showed today.

Alonso has cried on the radio so many times in the last few years when he has been stuck behind Massa. However,not many people complained too much about it.

However,when Vettel asked RBR to do something to move Webber out of the way,twitter exploded with anger. Stuff like ”it’s your job to overtake.” Complete and utter hypocrisy from people on twitter.

Then when Vettel does pass Webber,he is a ”cheat”,a ”n**i”,and should be banned for a race even. Pathetic.

Just because Sebastian is German and a bloody great driver,people get mad when he wins. It’s a disgrace. It was the same with Michael Schumacher. It’s not their fault they have dominated in recent times.

When Alonso complains and cries on the radio,it’s fine. When Massa moves out of the way,it’s fine.

The ”fans” love him even though he never takes the blame and plays stupid mind games. I don’t like Alonso’s behaviour,but I respect him because he is very talented.

The same goes with the ”fans” for Webber. He was a hero for ignoring team orders in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. Today,Vettel got hammered for doing exactly the same thing. A load of hypocrites all over twitter.

I just find it disgraceful and a worry as ”fans” get more like football ”fans”. Vettel is a special talent who should be admired for what he is achieving in the sport right now. I hope some ”fans” take a long look in the mirror and realise soon how lucky they are to see Vettel racing during their lifetime. 



20 images from the 2012 season

Posted in F1 with tags , , , , on December 19, 2012 by James O'Connor

Instead of writing a long review of the season which would bore people after reading about 26,467 before this(if you haven’t,try any big F1 site),I will put up an image for each race with a tiny bit of writing only.

20 images for 20 races,one for each grand prix.

The photos will be only from on the track or podium pictures in 2012. None of the off track controversy.


In a mostly dull race,Button took a dominant win.

The photo chosen though is the dramatic moment on the final lap when Maldonado crashes out of 6th place chasing Alonso.

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Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez drove incredible races to finish 1st and 2nd. Perez could have won if it wasn’t for this mistake he made a few laps from the end.



Nico Rosberg took a dominant victory,the first in his career. Kimi Raikkonen who was running 2nd with a few laps to go,hit the ”cliff” and dropped to 14th. The picture shows him heading for the tyre marbles after Vettel overtook him.



Sebastian Vettel takes the win,his first of the year,after Kimi Raikkonen fails to take the one chance he got as you can see in this photo.



Maldonado stuns the F1 world after storming to victory in Spain,beating home hero Fernando Alonso. Williams’ first win since Brazil 2004.



A very dull grand prix won by Mark Webber. The only dramatic moment was when Grosjean,Schumacher and Alonso had contact. Grosjean would retire.



In a dramatic race,Lewis Hamilton won,while Romain Grosjean scored his first ever formula one podium with a second place finish.



After the SC,a breathtaking race with Alonso winning from 11th on the grid after Vettel’s alternator failed on him.

Raikkonen and Schumacher(his first and only podium after his return)completed the podium.

It was the first time since the 05 French GP that the three of them were on the podium together.


Great Britain

After an intriguing grand prix,Webber took the win with a late race overtake on Alonso. Webber would not win again in 2012.



German grand prix was a cracking race with some fantastic battles. Alonso won the race. The photo here is Vettel illegally overtaking Button,which meant he dropped from 2nd to 5th and lose more ground in the championship.



Kimi Raikkonen’s charge from 5th to 2nd made this race a tiny bit exciting.

In the photo Kimi fends off Grosjean after coming out of the pits. Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.


The scariest moment of the season. After not giving Lewis Hamilton enough space,Lewis touched Romain,Romain Grosjean took off,and was was not far away from hitting Alonso’s head. Grosjean received a race ban. Button comfortably won.

Belgium Formula One Grand Prix


Hamilton took a dominant win at Monza.Sergio Perez drove a magnificent race to finish 2nd from 13th on the grid.

Vettel got a controversial penalty after an incident with Alonso as you can see in the picture.

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Lewis Hamilton was heading for a certain victory until his car broke down again. Vettel took the victory after almost getting clouted into from behind from Button during the SC period.



Alonso’s lost himself the championship ultimately in this race. He squeezed Kimi Raikkonen heading into turn 1 which resulted in contact and gave Alonso a puncture. His engine cut out,game over. Vettel won again.

The photo I chose though is the Japanese fans who were amazing after Kobayashi finished on the podium. The best in the world.

Japan F1 GP Auto Racing


In a rather dull grand prix,Nico Hulkenberg’s brilliant double overtake on Grosjean and Hamilton was easily the highlight of the race(sadly no picture). Sebastian Vettel won the race to make it three in a row,which meant he took the championship lead.



Vettel took a fourth successive win. Fernando Alonso finished 2nd after a great drive. The photo is the breathtaking battle between Button,Hamilton and Alonso on Lap 1.


Abu Dhabi

After a dramatic weekend where Vettel started at the back and came home 3rd,Kimi Raikkonen secured his first win since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix with a storming drive.



An amazing first race in Austin with Vettel and Hamilton the class of the field. Hamilton took the win after Karthikeyan held Vettel up in S1,using DRS to overtake the double world champion.



Vettel took home a third successive championship after a dramatic finale in Brazil. His friend and mentor when he was a kid,Michael Schumacher,let him through to give him two extra points which gave the title by 3 points. If you believe in fate,then that was fate.Button won the race.

Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany congratulates compatriot Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix


Image © Zimbio,Getty Images,Sutton Images,BBC


Bad F1 ”fans” on social media,take a long look at yourselves

Posted in F1 with tags , , , on December 16, 2012 by James O'Connor

I joined twitter at the end of 2009,I obviously didn’t expect to meet so many great f1 fans over the last 3 years or so. It’s a fantastic place in the main and I highly recommend it if you haven’t joined in yet.

Until 2011,it was a great place for f1 fans to chat,and everyone would respect each others opinions. Also when another driver won that somebody didn’t support,the respect would be there and they would get congratulated.It was good to see.

In the last couple of years though,things really have changed now.

People have started joining,who are quite frankly a disgrace to this planet.

I’ve seen countless times in the last two years or so where fans of drivers have started wishing crashes on other drivers,some even going as far as saying they hope drivers die in a crash,or some other way.

Now,I ask these people,what if your driver crashed and could never race again? or if a family member of yours was seriously injured in a car accident? It’s simply shocking people are thinking this,never mind tweeting it.

Think about what could happen if your wish came true. You would feel guilty for the rest of your life. I ask you why do you think this? You really need help.

As well,people tweeting racist stuff about Lewis Hamilton are sick too. How dare you bring his skin color into it. 

So please,you may not like the personalty of a certain driver,but,respect every driver,no racist tweets,and don’t wish bad things on drivers.

They put their lives at risk for us each weekend to give us so many great moments and memories that would last a lifetime.

Please consider your actions,because they’re not right at all. Right now,you are not F1 fans,you are sick people.





2012 F1 season – A season in stats

Posted in F1 with tags , , on November 29, 2012 by James O'Connor


8 grand prix winners in 2012.

13 drivers got a podium in 2012.

Vettel set the most fastest laps,6.

Vettel had the most wins,5.

Hamilton had the most poles,7.

Alonso had the most podiums,13.

7 grand prix winners in the first 7 races.

In 16 out of the 20 races,a driver who started on the front row went on to win the race.

Vettel missing Q3 in China this year was the first time in 42 races,since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel’s 10 race victory drought(from Bahrain to Singapore),was the longest he had from the start of his F1 career to his first victory in Italy in 2008.

Raikkonen set a new record of most laps completed in one season. Also a new record for most kilometers ever in a season.

Perez’s podium in Malaysia for Sauber was the first time a Sauber driver had been on the podium since Robert Kubica at the 2009 Brazilian GP,41 races.

Perez’s podium was also the first time a Mexican driver had been on a podium in 41 years.

Lotus’ double podium in Bahrain was their first in 95 races(Japan 2006),when they were under the name of Renault.

Ferrari’s double podium in Brazil was their first in 41 races(Korea 2010).

Grosjean was the first driver since 1994 to receive a one race ban.

Maldonado was the first Williams driver to win a grand prix,the Spanish grand prix this year,since Montoya won the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix. A huge gap of 132 races.

Kobayashi’s podium in Japan was the first time a Japanese driver had been on the podium since Sato at the 2004 US GP. A gap 0f 152 races.

Vergne became the first frenchman since Bourdais in 2009 to score points in a grand prix,the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Schumacher’s podium in Valencia this year was his first since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix. A 2093 day gap. He was also the oldest driver to get a podium since Jack Brabham at the 1970 British GP.

Webber did the double,winning at both Monaco and Silverstone,like he did in 2010.

Ricciardo finished 9th in his first ever home race at Australian Grand Prix.

Rosberg took Mercedes’ first pole and win in China,first time since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix under the Mercedes name. Brazil GP 2009 with Barrichello in the Brawn was the last pole if you prefer before Mercedes took over,with the last win,Barrichello at Monza in 2009.

Alonso’s victory in Valencia this year was his first win in his home country since the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s three successive constructors titles mean they go in the record books along with Mclaren,Williams,and Ferrari,in winning three titles in a row.

Vettel became only the third driver in history,after Schumacher and Fangio,to win 3 successive titles in a row.

Out of 60 potential podiums spots this year,46 of them were taken by the world champions over the 20 races.