The proverbial dust may have settled by now, but unless you are purposely avoiding all Formula One news, you may have possibly heard about the biggest controversy from the 2016 Mexico GP. Nope, the musical chairs-like exchange of the last podium place only took 2nd place in the shock-o-meter, because the spotlight belonged to Sebastian Vettel’s Team Radio broadcasts.
Shall we call it…Sweargate?
Recap: Vettel had not-so-pleasant words said to fellow drivers Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen, but the cherry on top was when he told Race Director Charlie Whiting to “F*** off”. Twice. Man, that took some balls.
And Bernie daresays German Champions are boring?
Predictably, the F1 World exploded in monumental judgment over his antics. It was the perfect occasion for the Vettel Haters to reawaken and preach his unworthiness. Not like he hasn’t said dirty words over Team Radio previously or had a history of saying things that got him in hot water, unless we’re supposed to pretend that all F1 Drivers are and should remain as emotionless robots.
Was Vettel in the wrong? Yes.
Was I offended? No.
I was equal parts amused and mortified by his…verbal tirades; but really, there are far more substantial issues about F1 that need to be addressed and put into the forefront rather than Sebastian Vettel’s motormouth.
For those who called for a race ban: Calm down. Words are powerful but he hasn’t endangered anyone.
For those who think he is less of a Champion because of his swearing: Seriously? Give me a solid reason to support your argument. Last time I checked, this is motorsport, not Finishing School.
For those who called him names, questioned his right to be a role model for kids, and generally attacked his character: You have a point to some extent, but it’s not like he has branded himself an angel in the past. Besides, he was just being his authentic self by letting his emotions get the better of him. Get real and stable your high horses.
Vettel has apologized, he has taken the penalty, he has seen and experienced the consequences of his actions. I doubt he’s losing sleep over it. Has he learned from it? Hopefully. Will he do it again? No one knows. I for one do not want him to be changed nor restrained by convention; I like him for being a tough, moxie-fuelled racer, and my support will not waver just because of a few foot-in-mouth incidents.
Isn’t there a Championship Battle happening next weekend? If for anything, we should be (perversely) grateful that Vettel gave us something to talk/debate about before this frankly unremarkable season comes to a close. Unfortunately, It’s high time we move on and make this merely an anecdote within the Volumes of Sebastian Vettel’s Colorful F1 History.