Fernando Alonso has commented on the new fans that are coming to F1 thanks to the likes of Drive to Survive and recent push in the States. Describing these new fans as “more like a football kind of fan” where they only focus on results.
Adding that he doesn’t want to “lack respect” for F1 newcomers, he admitted that these new fans don’t appreciate the nuances of the sport.
“I think the perception from the outside or the feeling towards me, has changed, from time to time,” Alonso admitted to The Race.
“And in 2007, maybe people had a perception of what I was as a driver or as a person. Then that changed when I was in Ferrari, I was a very nice fit in the Latin team and things like.
“Now I think that the fans that we have now, there are new fans and in a way – and I don’t want to lack respect to them – but they don’t know much about Formula 1.
“They just are more like a football kind of fan, where they just follow the results, whoever is winning does the best. And whoever is last is not Formula 1 level.
“They don’t understand much about car performance and the package that you need. So you are on more of a rollercoaster kind of feeling, of perception, of what the people feel about you.
“When you do a good weekend, you seem like God. And when you do a bad weekend, you are too old – or you are too young or whatever.
“But we are all going through these phases. I think now the fans, they are just watching the race immediately, they have a feeling and then switch off until the next Sunday.
“There is not a proper culture of Formula 1 anymore.”♦ Follow Grand Tour Nation on Google News