F1 laps field with diverse face of sport

F1 laps field with diverse face of sport

There are 3 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 13, 2007, titled F1 laps field with diverse face of sport. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Lewis Hamilton is more than just Formula One's first black driver. We could be witnessing the arrival of a Tiger Woods on wheels.

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Orange City, FL

#1 Apr 13, 2007
If he was really good he would come over to NASCAR and really race rather than defending his teammate's win he might actually get a chance to win himself.
tyler durden

Greenbrae, CA

#2 Apr 13, 2007
I sorry but this column irritated me

" There is but a touch of affirmative action in Hamilton's story -- just enough to be fair in the unspeakably expensive world of international formula racing. He has taken it from there."

are you kidding me? Where? Wha? it is horrible to take away anything from the guy...this is exactly why this story line stinks, it takes away from his skills, it diminishes what he has accomplished and what he will eventually accomplish...to say he was given a boost because of the color of his skin is wrong...and so sad because to be as good as he is takes so much physically, mentally.

Also not once in the article did this columnist mention Jacques Villeneuve who won pole and podium in his first F-1 GP, which no matter how you slice it is a better start to a career...now that I think about it maybe that was the "affirmative action" mentioned by Ed Hinton.

as for this:
" It's too late for the dawdling Americans. When Hamilton wins, when diversity triumphs monumentally in major motor racing, the band will play God Save the Queen."

give me a break! They will play it because that is where he is from! How could the US be considered "dawdling" when the guy was born in Hertfordshire (sp?) for crying out loud!
Or was he referring to Scott Speed who is a dawdling American.
And for the record, diversity always triumphs in racing, you set yourself apart by being faster than everyone else!

Mount Dora, FL

#3 Apr 13, 2007
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw "F1" on the front page of the sports section! I didn't think anyone at the Sentinel actually knew it existed.

Also, it's funny that the most exciting new driver in motorsports replaced Montoya, who NASCAR is patting themselves on the back over for making them more diverse. I don't think anyone in F1 was sad to see him go. He couldn't stand being in the shadows of guys like Schumacher & Alonso. I'm betting NASCAR fans will see him crying about not getting the attention than Earnhart, Stewart, etc. sooner than later.

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