Regular grand prix articles which have been cancelled for Japan
- 8th October 2014, 21:35 at 9:35 pm #277706Keith CollantineKeymaster
I’ve had some questions about this via email, comments and Twitter so just wanted to clear it up.
In light of the horrible accident which Jules Bianchi suffered during the Japanese Grand Prix I decided it was inappropriate to run the Rate the Race and Driver of the Weekend poll articles.
I think the reason for not running run the former is obvious. In the case of the latter I didn’t think it was fair to ask people to give a verdict on the quality of Bianchi’s driving under the circumstances. Another solution to that would have been to not include him in the poll, but I felt that would have seemed callous.
Of course none of this matters one iota given the gravity of the situation, but I wanted to share my thinking for the benefit of those who have asked about it.8th October 2014, 21:43 at 9:43 pm #277709Bradley DowntonParticipant
A very reasonable and thoughtful decision, and one I fully back and support.8th October 2014, 21:44 at 9:44 pm #277710GirtsParticipant
@KeithCollantine I fully support that decision. Thank you a lot for the professional approach during these difficult days.8th October 2014, 21:49 at 9:49 pm #277713SvenParticipant
This site is the only F1-related site that didn´t disappoint me in their reaction to the accident.8th October 2014, 21:50 at 9:50 pm #277714MathersParticipant
Once again you have proved your class both as a motorsport journalist and as a human being in difficult times. I haven’t seen any other media outlet treat these circumstances with such respect and reverence, and for that you should be applauded hugely.8th October 2014, 21:56 at 9:56 pm #277715AnonymousInactive
A touch of class there, and a commendable decision to make. And, as @bradley13 has alluded to earlier on Twitter, to include a link to the most recent information about Bianchi’s condition, is a very good idea. Credit where it is due @keithcollantine. Your approach to addressing the events of the weekend has been extremely professional.8th October 2014, 22:04 at 10:04 pm #277716RigiParticipant
Thank you for the explanation, Keith. Shows that you’re a professional.8th October 2014, 22:04 at 10:04 pm #277717bull melloParticipant
Thank you @keithcollantine , very respectful.
Another F1 journalist on Twitter was tweeting about the “driver of the race” as though this were any other Grand Prix. I wasn’t going to respond because the whole topic seemed so disrespectful. I decided to respond; “Jules Bianchi, because I cannot think about anyone else right now.”
Sad when our fun turns to tragedy. The least we can do is show respect. Continued prayers for Jules and his family.8th October 2014, 22:17 at 10:17 pm #277721jsw11984Participant
Excellent move, I think Keith. I completely agree with not running either one.8th October 2014, 23:01 at 11:01 pm #277724AtticusParticipant
I agree with the previous speakers; that’s roughly what I supposed may be the reasoning behind the move when I tried to explain it to a fellow F1 Fanatic under an article.8th October 2014, 23:40 at 11:40 pm #277725andae23Participant
This site is the only F1-related site that didn’t disappoint me in their reaction to the accident.
Couldn’t agree more.9th October 2014, 1:34 at 1:34 am #277732VMaxMuffinParticipant
Good idea I think, it would have been a tough race to rate anyway. Everyone’s views would have been clouded by the incident anyway.9th October 2014, 5:55 at 5:55 am #277735AnonymousInactive
thanks – good decision and thanks for the explanation.9th October 2014, 11:20 at 11:20 am #277853sato113Participant
If Jules gets better, maybe we could reopen the rate the race? based purely on the racing alone and the battles.9th October 2014, 12:26 at 12:26 pm #277876himmatsjParticipant
I would like to express a different PoV, if that is even allowed here. I really completely struggle to see how running either of the polls would have been inappropriate, and more than that, show disrespect to Jules and the condition he is in.
Maybe this is a Western/British value, I don’t know. But I find this concept hard to grasp. Things should continue going on as per normal.
Again, this is my own point of view on this subject matter.
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