The actually event of swearing doesn’t bother me too much. Giancarlo Fisichella’s colourful language was broadcast to several million viewers recently when the FOM cut the live show to Giancarlo’s radio. Obviously unknown to him at the time, Fisi decided to vocalise his discomfort with the car. I don’t believe Fisichella was repremanded for this, afterall, it was a ‘private conversation’ between himself and his engineer.
However, what really bothers me is Scott’s response to questions asked today in Imola, ahead of Sundays San Marino Grand Prix.
The situation was that I was surprised at how strict everyone is over there with the stewards, and I stepped over a line…
But I won’t do it again, I guess.
“I guess”. I should bloody hope he doesn’t do it again! It is also reported that whilst talking to a home audience, he said that he felt the need to stick up for himself before people started to take advantage of him because of his nationality.
Because of his nationality? It is attitudes like this that make some other countries dislike American’s so much. He doesn’t have to stick up for himself because of where he was born or lives, he needs to stick up for himself because of his performance. I’m sure I’m not the only who thinks this, but I don’t look at Scott and think, “stupid American trying to make his way in F1”. I think, “Scott has been put in the deep end, and he’ll either sink or swim.”
This isn’t football, where in the past many players have got off scott free (sorry) for swearing. Even if the cameras haven’t picked the audio, it is often visually clear what is being said. Of course, nowadays, the FA punish players who blatantly use foul language (sorry, again), and I believe the FIA and the stewards should do the same. Set the example and don’t let