Anonymous 1 wrote: ↑Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Flyin Ryan wrote: ↑Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:58 am
bimboman wrote: ↑Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:20 am
Everyone knows how it works, the fans fill stadium all over the world, they don’t care.
No they don't. Where's the film at that tells the truth about what auto racing is? It sure as hell is not Le Mans, Grand Prix, or Winning. It's not even Rush. Ford versus Ferrari is a good story about how manufacturer mano a mano rivalry works, which you only ever see at Le Mans and it's not even all that common.
I love auto racing. Always have. But modern-day big league auto racing is more or less a gigantic fraud. If it's not a fraud, how else can a 4-time champion be considered overrated as a driver?
By that logic anyone who thinks Ronaldo is overrated thinks he is shit. I think you a tosser but you are not stupid so you must be trolling. You keep coming on this thread slagging F1 off but the people on this thread are fans. You dickhead.
from my Unofficial Rules of Auto Racing I published here in February 2018. Where has the truth that applies here ever been put out in public?
1. Auto racing is not, nor has it even been, a “fair” sport.
3. European auto racing is a white-collar sport. American auto racing is a blue-collar sport. Japanese auto racing is a corporate sport.
4. The sport revolves around money (for a candy-coated version of this truth, see the film Speed Racer). But auto racing commentators are barred from acknowledging this when discussing why certain drivers lacking talent are in the field or why a Formula One race is taking place in Azerbaijan.
6. Age requirements to participate do not apply if you are the son of a former driver.
7. Talent requirements to participate do not apply if you are the son of a former driver.
8. Talent requirements do not exist at all if the driver provides funding for the car, the crew, the travel, the owner’s wife and girlfriend(s), etc.
10. All Formula One teams are equal, but some Formula One teams are more equal than others.
20. The year-end results and standings of European junior racing formulas are 90% irrelevant to determining the drivers that get promoted to higher auto racing series.
61. Technical rules are set by whichever manufacturer can strong arm the sanctioning body best via money paid and threats to leave if they don’t get their way.
73. Almost every Japanese driver in a European or North American racing series is there by request of a Japanese car manufacturer, or their father owns Panasonic.
Friend of mine I knew from sportscar racing I did some freelance design work for a racecar he had was a documentary filmmaker in his day job. I told him once "someday someone is going to make a movie that tells the truth about auto racing". He said he'd make that movie but only after he won, that way he couldn't be accused of sour grapes.
I've always had this idea in my head of having a movie that focuses on the backmarkers to tell a brutally honest story of what auto racing is. I think it would play very well with the zeitgeist of this current era. My idea was to focus on 3 or so guys that are struggling to make the field of the Indy 500. Say the character archetypes are the fallen veteran star (Jean Alesi type end of his career), a young rookie, and a European or Japanese ride buyer, because that would all be 100% realistic. You could maybe add a 4th driver who is there because they're a marketing gimmick (black minority or female driver, although that'd probably be touchy to handle in a screenplay). However, it would talk honestly about money's influence in the sport and how it drives literally all considerations. You can talk about a team struggling to get by on funds, the fallen veteran star is replaced by the ride buyer which allows the doors to stay open. The sponsor forcing a driver change to the gimmick driver otherwise they'll quit being a sponsor. You can talk about the top teams and how they stack the deck via rules and controlling access to cars/engines/parts (which has come to F1 now that the Racing Point is really a Mercedes, the Haas is really a Ferrari). You could do the Schumacher/Barrichello or Stroll/every junior formula driver he teamed with story of one driver was not allowed to beat his teammate because of "reasons". There's a ton of stuff you could do. Would it be flattering no, but it would all be based on real-life.
But saying Vettel is an overrated driver when he was deemed by the FIA to be World Driving Champion 4 times in a row simply undermines the sanctity of the competition as far as being credible. You can't make that argument and simultaneously state Formula One is a credible competition for drivers. Teams and cars, sure. But fans don't pay attention to the Constructors Trophy.