The rather exciting Brazilian GP had just finished and Sebastian Vettel had scored his third title after running the whole GP in a car that technically was not supposed to finish in one piece. Soon we had ‘yellow flag gate’ during which everyone who hates Germans (read: The World) offered the accusation that Mr. Vettel had ignored a yellow flag and called for him and his family to be executed immediately.
What most people missed, was, that there was an old-fashioned marshal post with a track side official in it weaving the green flag, much to the chagrin of the anti-Vettel brigade. Back then I was the first to point out that little detail in the comment section of a site called “The Judge13” and not too long later I was part of their team, writing articles and news and taking part in podcasts.
In theory it could have been a great idea. The idea was to have a “site created by fans, for the fans”, which is what many people would like to see. Alas, it wasn’t going to happen, because basically it is just a perpetual wanking template for someone, who makes Ecclestone look humble. The “Chief Editor”, who also poses as “The Judge”, uses the site to push his own agenda and if you want to waste some valuable hours of your life on looking through the archive, you’ll notice that the whole agenda is to pour hate on Red Bull. Until 2 years ago he ran a site that scared the living daylights out of the likes of Joe Saward and James Allen. Now it’s just a waste bin for the incoherent drivel of a drunkard, helped by a bunch of hapless Americans who wouldn’t know a NASCAR from a Victorian ox-cart. So many hours of work wasted on helping an idiot. All the good writers have been chased away – Carlo, Jenny, BJF – all gone, supplanted by a rabid Hamfosi and some clueless people who think having pump guns and semi-automatic rifles at home is normal.
The idea is not yet dead, but it takes a better man than someone who thinks he’s god because he one was allowed into the paddock. The first thing we fans can do is vote with our feet. The pointless spectacle that is F1 these days can be ended if we stop watching it. I didn’t watch Suzuka, nor did I waste time on Putin-land. If viewer numbers plummet further, Mr. E, has to take note. That’s more effective than anything else.