What was the worst moment of the 2008 F1 season?
Here are my least favourite moments of 2008, many of which were suggested by contributors on the F1 Fanatic forum.
Max Mosley making the headlines for all the wrong reasons and taking the attention off of the race track.
– Scott Joslin
A sorry episode best forgotten, which dragged the sport’s reputation through the mud.
Penalties assessed by stewards. Honestly, those penalties were putting me off F1. Some reason the Bourdais penalty in Japan irked me the most.
stay the hell away from the sport, fer cryin out loud!
We’ve taken apart the year in penalties in this post. Of course penalties are always going to be contentious in professional sport, but in not bothering to write down many of its rules, in having stewards whose experience of motor racing is negligible, and in denying competitors right of appeal, the FIA has made many fundamental mistakes that spoiled the competition this year.
Farewell Super Aguri
Losing Super Aguri
Losing any team is bad, especially as F1 is now down to just 20 cars and there’s a credit crunch/financial meltdown going on. But Super Aguri had charm, character and cult appeal, not to mention a pair of decent drivers who deserve a place in motor racing’s top flight.
A rotten year for Coulthard
Lots of crashes involving Coulthard. I don’t remember him being involved much in crashes in previous seasons, but this season it seemed like he had a bullseye painted on the rear or side of his car.
Coulthard declared halfway through the year that it would be his last F1 season. Unfortunately that didn’t stem the depressing tide of incidents and accidents. The most disappointing of which came at the first turn of his final Grand Prix.
And spare a thought for Rubens Barrichello. We might already have seen his last Grand Prix without knowing it at the time.
Adrian Sutil at Monaco
Raikkonen losing control at Monaco, shunting Sutil
Sutil was on the kind of giant-killing drive at Monaco that everyone loves to see. Until Raikkonen, in a classic brain-fade moment, lost control of his Ferrari and swiped Sutil out of the race. That was the closest Force India came to scoring points in 2008.
More of my least favourite moments of 2008
Losing Montreal and Magny-Cours – I’m no great fan of the Circuit de Nevers but the prospect of not having a Grand Prix in France – the birthplace of Grand Prix racing – is bonkers. Not having any race in North America is just as bad.
The Glock Delusion – A new low in idiotic conspiracy theories.
Do you have any other least favourite moments from 2008?