jon-mullen wrote:Personal appearance? Of course not. We all know seats at the top levels of open-wheel racing are never given to drivers for attractiveness, how much money they have, or who their dad is.
What was I saying? I just got the crazy urge to buy a Honda with Sparco seats and a Pioneer system.
Just before Max Mosley, the FIA chief, was exposed on film appearing to enjoy his exotic encounter, the head of its rally division endorsed a complaint over the unkempt appearance of Loeb, 34. The Alsace-born driver, world champion for the past four years and one of the biggest stars in rally history, has recently adopted longer hair and stubble. “The same thing happens in football and other virile sports. Of course such people are an insult to real men,” Morrie Chandler wrote in an e-mail, according to Le Figaro newspaper. He asked the FIA’s television body to limit the air time given to scruffy winners and avoid close-ups, to avoid bringing the sport into ill repute.
“How can one of its most senior figures criticise a driver for his appearance when President Mosley refuses to consider the sexual scandal in which he is implicated . . . to be damaging to the institution which he directs?” Le Figaro asked.
Alain Pernot, rally correspondent for Sport Auto magazine, called the attitude of the FIA ridiculous. “Sébastien Loeb does nothing that shocks good morals,” he said, alluding to Mr Mosley. Mr Chandler, a New Zealander, took up a complaint from Surinder Thatthi, the head of African motorsport, who was upset by Loeb’s appearance on the podium after winning the Mexico rally. “He is a hero and a model . . . He is going too far,” Mr Thatthi was quoted as saying.
Belatti wrote:Aint this more "grunge" than Heidfeld?
xpensive wrote:But the big mystery for me, is how Nick Heidfeld could get a drive for both Pirelli and Sauber with that 90s grunge-look?
Anyhow, do you think this particular topic might factor into Renault's driver choices? They have Kubica, one of my favourite drivers on the grid, and Kimi, one of my favourites off it, but neither are particularly... hmm... media savvy?! Can you imagine a Renault 1-2 driver's conference?
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