The most touching moment of the Spanish Grand Prix was certainly the crying Kimi fan named Thomas Danel who was reacting to his hero’s early departure from the race. Ferrari was moved, as we all were, by the world feed images of the little guy who was inconsolable over the incident.
The team quickly acted and brought the young man and his parents down to the garage to meet Kimi and what started as one of the worst days of his life turned into one of the better with a signed cap and chat with the 2007 world champion.
New F1 boss, Chase Carey, says this is a good example of the new Formula 1 and that this kind of thing wouldn’t have happened last year under the direction of Bernie Ecclestone. Perhaps Ferrari told him that or maybe he’s just drawn his own conclusion but there’s a part of me that wonders if this isn’t just speculation. How do we know that Bernie wouldn’t have found it a heart-warming moment and allowed Ferrari to do the same? Chase said:
“We got all this press about the little boy who got pulled down, and they did it on their own, having a sense a freedom that they wouldn’t have had a year ago,” he said.
“I didn’t tell them to find the little boy, there are people who did it on their own, thought it would be a special moment, and it was.”
I did receive a message from an FBC follower who had a real zinger when they said that Mr. e once said the sport doesn’t need this young of fan because they don’t buy Rolex watches. It’s a funny point as this has turned out to be one of the more touching moments in F1 empathy in a long while and it involved a little boy who has no need of a Rolex.
Anyway, I suspect Mr. E found it as endearing as the rest of us and would have allowed it had he still been in charge. He’s shrewd but he’s not heartless.
Hat Tip: Motorsport