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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:// http://f1palace.tumblr.com/post/56734027290/do-red-bull-really-mess-with-webbers-car

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.

Conclusion 

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.

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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.

Examples

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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.

Facts

.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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrVaADyuAWM

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx9zIQvrdZU

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrVaADyuAWM

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.

Conclusion

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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Twitter: @JamesieC1991 and  @KimiFanPage

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

Stats

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.