When F1 makes us worse people – 05/08/2022
12 days in the past, on July 24, F1 held its twelfth stage, the French Grand Prix. Online, German Andreas Seidl, McLaren boss, was simple to interview. When that occurs, it is for a motive: he needs the group to speak.
Or quite: he needs everybody to reply the query they already know.
The query that day was about Ricciardo. One by one, tv reporters from around the globe handed by the supervisor and requested him in regards to the Australian’s situation. “I can verify that you can be with us in 2023,” he mentioned time and again, like a manufacturing line.
I solely heard that reply twice. for F1TV. And for my colleague Mariana Becker, from Bande.
Six days later, on the night time of July 30, Seidl himself was with Piastri signing the contract in Budapest. The Australian rookie will run in 2023 in his compatriot’s place.
Either we consider that contract negotiations for a promising driver to make his F1 debut took lower than every week, or we conclude that Seidl lied. I select the second possibility.
It occurs occasionally: F1 tells us that phrases imply little, that each dialog has an intention, that nothing is a coincidence. Or, the previous paddock saying, class contracts are there to destroy.
But why did Seidl lie? Or, to make use of an understatement, what was responsible for the dissimulation?
It is price retracing the chronology of the case.
The reality is that Ricciardo is having a foul season. After 13 levels, he’s solely twelfth within the championship with 19 factors, whereas Norris is seventh with 76. He has already gone eight races with out a level, and his finest consequence was sixth in Melbourne in April.
Criticisms have arisen, grown, snowballed. Faced with rumors that he was leaving on the finish of the yr, Ricciardo took to social media on July 13 to disclaim them.
“There are many rumors circulating about my future in Formula 1, however I would like you to hear. I’m dedicated to McLaren till the tip of 2023 and I can’t depart the game. I do know it has not been simple… “I’m working like loopy with the workforce to enhance this automotive and to return to the highest positions within the respective locale. I would like that greater than ever,” she wrote.
The French Grand Prix arrived on the twenty fourth, and Ricciardo was ninth. On the twenty eighth, Vettel introduced his retirement – Aston Martin had already agreed with Alonso with out Alpine’s data. On the night time of the thirtieth, with Alpine undecided about his future, Piastri signed with McLaren to race in 2023. On the first of the month, Aston Martin introduced Alonso. On the 2nd of the month, Alpine reported on Piastri, who quickly took to the networks to disclaim his contract with the French workforce for subsequent yr.
The above script entails two betrayals. In each circumstances, the sufferer was from the Alps. And Ricciardo, at this second, is redundant.
Seidl lied so as to not induce the French to signal a brand new settlement with Piastri. That’s why they put him on the grid at Paul Ricard. For that motive, Ricciardo has “status” in interviews.
All a sport. You ought to all the time be suspicious of every little thing and everybody.
As my pal Pedro Bassan mentioned, patting himself on the again as he acquired off the airplane after our final World Cup protection, “F1 makes us worse people.”