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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The F1 fans and stereotypes

Hello! So something that's really been bugging me lately is stereotypes. Why is it so weird if we don't fit into the stereotype?
 
I grew up slowly getting in to F1. I would walk into the room, see it was on and leave because I thought it was a male thing. When its not. F1 is and should be a place for everyone no matter what their age or gender. I once tweeted about wanting to see the film 'Rush' and someone replied saying 'do you even know who they are?' It was at that moment when my body filled with anger. I wouldn't be wanting to see a film if I didn't know who the people in it where. Yes, I'm not the stereotypical F1 fan. Its not a big deal.
 
Susie Wolff fully deserved all the publicity she received when she first participated in a practice session. Maybe F1 was known as a 'mans world' but not anymore. Women are being more widely accepted and Susie is an example of this. She has beaten stereotypes and doubt about her driving skills and got where she has today. And I'm proud of that. However, in my opinion gender should not matter in whether you can compete or be a fan of F1.
 
I must admit at first I was hesitant to tell people that I love F1. But now I don't care who knows. Yes some people were a bit shocked but a lot of people just treated me like any other F1 fan. I feel stupid for worrying about it in the first place. Like I said, I may not be the typical fan. I like shopping and clothes but I love F1 as well. Two very different things but they make me who I am. F1 is more important to me than things like shopping in all honesty.
 
So, if you have an interest in something and it goes against a stereotype then fuck it, who cares? One day stereotypes will be a thing of the past. If it makes you happy and you love it then why does it matter why anyone thinks? Going against a stereotype isn't a bad thing. Be proud of what you are interested in, never let what anyone says get you down.
 
-ShortySian

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Pre-season testing

Testing is a very exciting time for everyone. It means Formula 1 is slowly and surely coming back. However, I wish they did show testing on TV. I think for some viewers (like myself) it would help us understand more of the technical side of F1.

I love testing, its a chance to get to grips to any changes that have been made. Whether that's technical or the design of the car and/or drivers. I like to use this time to remember who's number belongs to who and the same with helmets. That way during qualifying and the race I will know who is who.

In exactly one week (YES, ONE WEEK), we would have already seen the Australian grand prix. This makes me so happy and excited. Feels like I've been waiting years for this race! I cant wait 7 days. Luckily in just a few days it will be practice sessions and then qualifying followed by the race itself. I have never been more excited. I feel like a kid in a chocolate factory.

Australia will be a change. Big driver changes happened with Vettel going Ferrari and Alonso going to McLaren. Sadly, due to his incident in testing he is unable to take part in Australia. Nevertheless he will be back!

Testing has given us an idea of what to expect. Mercedes still have the lead. However, other teams like Williams are catching up and the Ferrari isn't looking too bad either.

These next few days could not go faster. I am ready for the season to start and this will be my first full F1 season in which I will write a blog post about every race and whatever else F1 related.

-ShortySian