As you’ve seen, the blog hasn’t been updated for long: indeed, I’ve been staying in Ireland for more than three weeks. I won’t talk about the Irish weather, the beautiful places I’m visiting and the nice people I’m meeting: I prefer dedicating this article to the different points of views of F1 I found out here.
First of all, the support: as there aren’t any Irish drivers in F1, the cheering is various, people support Ferrari, others Hamilton, Vettel, Schumacher, etc. The only real F1 passionate I got to know supported Schumacher, liked Alonso and couldn’t stand Hamilton and Button. So I let you imagine how we got on well when we were watching the Silverstone GP together: as soon as Alonso was overtaken I was repressing my anger into myself for my shyness, while he was screaming at the TV (I think he felt sorry for me).
Another big difference is the media: if in Italy the majority of it is pro-Ferrari, here it’s the same, but instead of the Scuderia there is McLaren: after Valencia, for example, I bought a motorsport newspaper and the front page was almost entirely occupied by a Lewis Hamilton (side by side with Maldonado) picture. Just a little picture at the end of the page was dedicated to Fernando Alonso’s victory. Talking about the commentators during the race, in Italy we blame Mazzoni&co. because they only talk about Ferrari and always defend it, but I discovered that here it’s the same. I’ve watched the GP on SkyF1, and I would say – my bad if I’m wrong, it’s the impression I got – they cheer the British drivers in a open way. But if the Italian commentators use their support to criticise the Ferrari fighters – sometimes, quietly and indirectly anyway – the ones I heard here recognize the others’ merits as it’s right to do.
I can’t really talk about the coverage of the races, as I followed the GP on Sky, where they have an entire channel about F1: from next year Italy – well, the Italians who can afford Sky – will have it too, so I can’t judge the job of a pay TV against a free one, it’s obvious that the first has more coverage, contents, interviews and anything that can entertain a fan. One thing I really admired, however, was the fact that a camera followed almost everywhere the drivers after their run: it was so interesting! Plus when, during the race, there’s a team radio, everyone’s silent (I know it doesn’t seem important, but believe me, it is!).
I’m staying in a little town here in Ireland; however, just the first day I arrived, I saw a sign which was advertising a pub showing the Silverstone GP: I’m sure this happens somewhere in Italy too, but not where I live obviously! I think it’s a fantastic way to enjoy racing, all together, in a passionate atmosphere, there should be a lot of these meetings!
Finally, the non-F1 fans: I think they’re all the same all over the world! “F1 races are so boring, they only drive in circles…”