AzShadow wrote:Well, no matter how you look at it, people still regard F1 as a sport among others and that includes emphasizing the nationality of the drivers. The national anthems are part of that. As it was said earlier here, if they start to take out the anthems, they'd have to change a lot else too. Then F1 wouldn't have the spirit anymore.
Yes, it does matter. In one side, fans are watching their countryman and gets happy and proud of driver's and team's success. Flags, anthems do their job in this categorization. I don't argue that. It's normal, it's within the process of civilization. I can't help it (if I can manage, I really would like to do that, but it's hopeless). I find it "sincere and natural."
But, on the other side, there are people whose sole purpose to make more and more people to watch F1 to make more money. To achieve this, they use (=abuse) people's way of feeling. And lots of drivers think that if they can make their flags to be hoisted or their anthems to be listened, they honor their nations. I am totally against this. It's not the only way to do it. Live in your country, pay your taxes and be as citizens as your people. But they don't do it either. Ultimately, I don't find it as a sincere and bona fide action.