Sieper wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 14, 2022 3:20 pm
A whole social media campaign has been executed, even with Toto Wolff almost literally in mourning about all that was done to them. Lewis going into retreat and making several postings on his social media account later and then this whole campaign to get Masi fired. I can't open any social media with something about Max being P1 without hundreds of shitpost by british usernames. Luckily there are also lots of british users who do recognize what has happened but still. I think outside of the three positives that you mention, Lewis and Max shaking hands, Lewis' father making a great gesture and Wolff after some months saying that Max was a worthy champion (but still not saying he earned the title) you simply cannot say a campaign wasn't executed as it was. Lewis already started that while still in the race, he did shake hands yes.
This could have all easily been dealt with differently and it serves no purpose, everyone loses including Lewis and his fanbase. We are still suffering the consequences and it will only get worse. Max made no comments on Silverstone 22 about 21 and boom, Lewis puts oil on the fire. We could have moved on as you said, months and months ago.
We can even move on now. But let the campaign then reside. Masi is gone, what more to achieve, nothing.
Social media campaign?
Well I suppose its just easier for some fans/media/drivers/team bosses/twitter accounts to watch the end of the Abu Dhabi race and pretend like the race director didn't literally manipulate the race by giving orders that had no other intention other than to put car 33 as close as he could to car 44, even if it meant other drivers races were effectively ended as a result by not also giving them that kind of special treatment, than it is for others.
I mean, maybe you and others thought that:
- denying literally the most statistically successful and one of the most world famous racing drivers on the grid a win that would have literally made significant history while millions and millions watched around the world
- doing so by what is now accepted by the FIA as "human error"
- even though pretty much everyone watching (who's been a fan for at least a few years) knew the safety car procedure was not done correctly
- while the stewards somehow backed up the wrong decision with all the time they had to deliberate after the race
- while the person who made that human error has been broadcast live on TV kissing one team bosses backside during races while giving lots of attitude to others
and expected that, there wouldn't be more than a few people who might have had something to say about that in the press, on TV, on social media etc, then I don't know what to tell you.
I could understand if it wasn't the last lap in the last race of a very exciting season that had high viewership and very high stakes for either winner, for anyone to expect a massive controversy like that to occur and everyone just walk away like they had their memories erased.
But when the referee literally makes up new rules that literally benefit ONE driver on the track and essentially robs other drivers of their ability to also participate in racing on the last lap, and that ONE driver he made new rules for walks away with the WDC while another driver is directly affected by losing the ability to make history in the sport.
Well, people are going to talk about that. A lot. Because USUALLY people don't actually like referees to do that kind of thing in sports.
USUALLY if a referee did something like that in the biggest game/fight/race of the year to decide an undisputed champion, while also having audio available to fans that is easily perceived as bias, you surely would expect a large fan outcry.
I'm more interested as to why you believe that Toto, the fans, the FIA, the broadcast media and tabloid media shouldve just been quiet about it all.
Especially since Lewis literally not saying a single word about it to a soul on the planet for months after congratulating max for his win was also criticised.