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How Austrian GP fan behaviour debates overlooked a key point

OPINION: Having witnessed scenes redolent of a 1980s football match – and then boggled at how online discussion of the issue descended into denial and name-calling – STUART CODLING thinks it’s high time for F1 fans, pundits and so-called legends to mind their language

“I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson…”

The words of Ricky Gervais sprang to mind as I surveyed the debauch in and around the Red Bull Ring: folk swaying around with pints of lager at 8:30am as if we’d been transported directly from Stansted Airport, where the bar seemingly never closes. And what to say of the fellow I spied vomiting in a bush as we left the circuit on Saturday evening? Oh the humanity!

“During all these lockdowns,” opined a colleague with singular perspicacity, “people have got terrible at being people.”

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