Kimi Raikkonen and co were very naughty boys on the podium after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix causing a backlash from the FIA. The Daily Shift’s Jack Squibb has more…
On Sunday motorsport fans witnessed what will surely be known as one of the great classic races in Formula 1. The battle for the drivers championship has intensified recently and the Abu Dhabi grand prix made it all the more exciting as we reach the closing stages of the 2012 season.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel had to start from the pit lane after he had car problems in the qualifiers. By the end of the race the two time driver’s champion managed to rise from last place up to third behind Fernando Alonso and Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen. Race winner Raikkonen who currently sits in third on the drivers table won his first race in Formula One since he returned after taking a break.
New to Formula One this year is past drivers interviewing the drivers on the podium to give fans in the stands more value for their money. This time it was David Coulthard who had the pleasure of interviewing Raikkonen, Alonso and Vettel. During interviews with winner, Kimi Raikkonen and third placed, Sebastian Vettel both used inappropriate language which was broadcasted worldwide on live television.
In response to the incident, a spokesperson for the FIA sent a “friendly” letter to all the teams’ communications directors, reminding them to make sure their drivers tone down their excitement when on the podium.
The letter reminded the F1 teams that it was “very much our collective responsibility to make sure drivers are aware such language has no place during media events”. The letter continued in relation to swearing during broadcasts “shines an unwelcome beam of adverse publicity on their teams and sponsors, the sport and FIA”.
The FIA letter said the governing body understood that “in the ‘heat of battle’, adrenaline, elation and disappointment make for a dangerous and heady mix.
“But F1 drivers are not the only ones being interviewed in such conditions: I think of boxers, rugby and football players who are routinely interviewed live on television after a gruelling sporting effort. They manage to avoid inappropriate language.”
As it stands Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers championship on 255 points while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is ten points behind on 245 with two races left in the season.
Formula One returns on the 16th November when the “Circuit of The Americas” makes it’s debut in Austin, TX, America.