Editor’s note: TJ13 began with a desire to offer a ‘fans’ perspective’ of this glorious sport of ours; warts and all. There are no agenda’s behind the articles and certainly no censorship from corporate interests. As a growing community, many articles are written by passionate fans and we’d like to encourage more debate and more doodles and muses from you all.
A new feature being introduced is “Voice of the Fans” and will feature anyone who chooses to share their views. For anybody who has something to say, please send your words through the usual ‘Contact Us’ and we will put them into our new feature – The first entry was published in the Daily News and Comments on the 23rd April 2014 and was offered by a regular TJ13 contributer – Mike Cloud. His article can be found here.
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A few years ago a friend of mine once suggested a simple way to save time on Grand Prix day. He said that I should simply place a few different coloured beans at one end of a string, lift up the end of that string and watch the beads fall in order to the other end of the string.
This was sometime after the era of Formula 1 where Murray Walker over-used the catchphrase, “In Formula One catching is one thing, but passing is quite another”. Murray was of course correct. When I first fell in love with F1 the race was often decided after turn 1. Not just the winner but most of the field. The thing that frustrated me was that my friend was using his beads analogy at a time when Lewis and Fernando were delivering a great inter-team battle which was ushering in what I believe is a golden era.
In decades to come I think these last years will be viewed very fondly. The debate about Vettel’s position among motorsport’s greats alone is a fascinating and complicated tale. I also love DRS. Having grown up in an era where a great charge up the field was often impossible, I now like that a faster car can move through to the position where it is in a genuine race. (Perhaps it could be disabled once the cars are level?)
Did DRS ruin Rosberg’s battle with Hamilton in Bahrain? I don’t think so. The battle is still decided by the better driver-car combination on the day. It also seems to have put life back into some of the classic tracks where traditionally qualifying decided the race. Now Qualifying is important but tactics and racing can make up a deficit as well. DRS and chocolate tyres may not be perfect but I’m happy that things are being tried. There is no magic Formula 1 standard. It evolves as it always has.
Whether you agree with me or not is largely irrelevant. If you’re reading this page then you are passionate about racing. Your opinion has come from being emotionally invested in ‘our’ sport and so I respect your opinion. What hurts me is defending the sport from casual observers at work and internet trolls. I confess I scroll through the comments sections of Facebook pages (sky sports f1) and the festering pit that is Yahoo sport’s comments sections.
It’s my guilty pleasure. I can’t help but try to counter the half arsed criticism that gets posted. Mainly it’s because as F1 fans we can tell when a commenter is writing without having watched the race or is commenting despite having stopped watching for many years. But the problem is that a lot of readers wouldn’t know the difference between the troll’s comments and the comments of an informed, emotionally invested fan. That’s not to say that a genuine fan can’t have a negative opinion. I have many but I hope that when I complain about it, I do so constructively and my complaint comes from a foundation of love, good will and a genuine desire to see improvements.
It’s heart-breaking to think of some young potential fan being put off by reading these things so I feel compelled to counter their points and try to tip the balance. It only takes a few minutes out of my day and mostly it’s fairly easy to counter the weak attacks offered. All I want is for people to be given the same chance to fall in love with the sport like I did without being bombarded with a wave of negativity after every news item. I wish there were more people doing it so that the trolls were completely diluted.
It would be nice to think that the ‘masses’ were not influenced by comments sections but I think that in reality they do have an effect. I urge you chip in and slam down the odd troll, for the children. Please won’t you think about the children? If people turn away from F1, F1 dies. In particular the Facebook page of Sky Sports F1 and Yahoo news require attention, but be sure to direct them back to TheJudge13 at the same time.