Foul language in the spotlight after Yas podium embarrassment

Podium and results: 1st Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, centre. 2nd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, left. 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, right. David Coulthard (GBR) BBC Television Commentator, far right, interviews. Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 4 November 2012.Nov.6 (GMM) F1 teams and drivers use foul language to hide crucial race tactics and information from their rivals, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The topic of swearing hit the headlines after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both swore during their podium interview with former F1 driver David Coulthard.

Winner Raikkonen recalled the media giving him “sh*t” for not smiling enough after his previous victories, while Vettel used the F-word not only with Coulthard but also in the post-race press conference.

Referring to when he smashed through a trackside marker board during the race, the championship leader told the world’s assembled media: “I thought, Well, now the front (wing) is f**ked”.

Coulthard told the Gulf News that the swearing was “embarrassing”.

“[It was embarrassing] because it goes out live to the whole [television] feed. I guess they don’t really enjoy doing those interviews on the podium,” he mused.

According to the Guardian, teams and drivers also use foul language as a weapon to censor crucial information from rival teams.

The newspaper said an employee of Bernie Ecclestone’s television company monitors pit-to-car radio chatter, selecting excerpts for broadcast.

Journalist Richard Williams writes: “While making inquiries about the protocols surrounding this form of supervised eavesdropping, I made an interesting discovery.

“Although the teams have no control over the selection of these snippets, they do have one weapon at their disposal: when passing information they are keen to conceal from others, they ensure that an obscenity forms a prominent part of the conversation.”

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  • Bec

    Heard a lot worse during football matches, including racist abuse.

  • John

    Any night on TV you’ll hear a lot worse. Any walk down your town centre you’ll over hear worse.

    Interesting how they use these “codewords” to keep their conversations private!

    I bet Eddie Irvine was a natural at talking in code.

  • Snoopy48

    Vetetel’s whole performance on the podium was embarrassing, not just his obscene language, but his childish attempt to belittle David Culthard’s apology on his behalf by pouring “Champagne” over him as well.

  • Disgusted with 2012

    From the RB web site:

    Sebastian Vettel: “I’m terribly sorry for using the wrong word on the podium today and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone who was watching. In the heat of the moment, I didn’t use the right words and I apologise. I’ll do it better next time.”

    Look back at previous events, one or more drivers always pour sparkly on the podium interviewers. None have escaped yet. It’s widely known that the podium interviews are disliked by drivers, but they have been forced in an attempt to allow the few spectators who are not heading out the door to hear comments.

  • brian

    boo hoo! foul language?! oh my goodness!

    so what?

  • Joe Kinnear

    Kimi was just being Kimi, but Vettel was sort of “jumping in the fun” by using the F word. The F word is much worse than schisse.

  • fools

    have you ever heard Alonso do that…?

    Vettel does… smh…no class. no class….

  • michaelmacarthur

    Oh yeah, please tell me again how swearing merits this sort of controversy? This was a race held in the middle eat. A region where most of us on here would probably end up in prison for doing one thing or another and violating one “code” or another.
    Now of course where this track is is ver civilized on many many levels but don’t forget where it is at it’s core.
    News agencies all over the world show dead and burned bodies day after day depending on what conflict is in the news but a few “wrong” words really gets people in an uproar.
    Bec: spot on. I have heard and witnessed much worse at soccer events.

  • james

    BFD who really give’s a SH**

  • sdfsd

    Hahahaha, I’ll bet that all the noobs and reporters complaining about this never said I’m gonna F the S out of you while making love :D. Hypocrits!