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Please no more podium interviews!!!

  1. Agree, just champagne and spraying podium girls (152 votes [82.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 82.61%

  2. Dont agree, please more stiff interviews! (32 votes [17.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.39%

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#1 glorius&victorius

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:07

:rotfl: seriously I cringed away at Icx stiff performance!

And Kimi is getting seriously nervous waiting for his turn to be interviewed....

Edited by glorius&victorius, 02 September 2012 - 18:08.


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#2 Jejking

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:08

Biased Poll is Biased.

#3 King Six

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:09

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It depends on who's doing the talking. It's better than the soulless stuffy soundproofed media room.

#4 smitten

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:09

Biased Poll is Biased.


Although he does have a point.... :smoking:


#5 DanardiF1

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:10

They're sooooo cringeworthy. Do not like at all. And it's not even that it's too 'polished' and 'corporate'... it's a shambles and wheeling out old drivers to ask inane 'anyone could ask those' questions is just dumb.

I also don't like that the flags are not real flags anymore, and I think that's a bit disrespectful to the national associations these drivers compete for.

#6 KavB

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:11

I wouldn't mind if we get someone who can actually interview well.. It was so cringe worthy seeing him pause. every. second. to. ask. a. not. very. well. worded. question.

#7 DanardiF1

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:11

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It depends on who's doing the talking. It's better than the soulless stuffy soundproofed media room.


In the media room you generally get a well-respected print or broadcast journalist asking pertinent questions though, not Jacky Ickx talking rubbish (no offence to Jacky, you're a legend mate!)

#8 Jon83

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:11

They're sooooo cringeworthy. Do not like at all. And it's not even that it's too 'polished' and 'corporate'... it's a shambles and wheeling out old drivers to ask inane 'anyone could ask those' questions is just dumb.

I also don't like that the flags are not real flags anymore, and I think that's a bit disrespectful to the national associations these drivers compete for.


Takes away the human element of the podium preparation.

The whole thing is a complete shambles and needs to be ditched.

#9 TheNewStig

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:11

More stiff stuff please but not with Icx or Placido.
It was working well with Lauda and Sir Jackie.

#10 glorius&victorius

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:18

In the media room you generally get a well-respected print or broadcast journalist asking pertinent questions though, not Jacky Ickx talking rubbish (no offence to Jacky, you're a legend mate!)


I am sure Ickx is great at delivering a speech at an FIA Gala evening.... but podium interview... he looked a bit out of place.

#11 DanardiF1

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:20

I am sure Ickx is great at delivering a speech at an FIA Gala evening.... but podium interview... he looked a bit out of place.


That I am sure of as well, which is why this thing is so stupid. He's clearly been wheeled out on a whim, without much time to think of or write down decent questions.

#12 DanardiF1

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:20

I am sure Ickx is great at delivering a speech at an FIA Gala evening.... but podium interview... he looked a bit out of place.


That I am sure of as well, which is why this thing is so stupid. He's clearly been wheeled out on a whim, without much time to think of or write down decent questions.

#13 Afterburner

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:21

With all due respect to Mr. Ickx, it sounded like he was reciting what an earpiece was telling him to say, and with a bit of difficulty. I miss the old press conference room--it had a very official air to it that the podium interviews are lacking, in my opinion.

#14 Disgrace

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:22

It's good for the trackside fans who have paid more than those at home to see the drivers up close. I am all for giving those fans more for their money.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:24

The podium interviews are not the problem. It's the choice of interviewers. They need to get someone who knows how to conduct an interview, which starts with asking questions. You don't tell the driver about his race and ask him to comment. You ask the driver about how his race went, and then you follow up on interesting points.

Ickx did it the wrong way. He basically described Jenson's race to him and then expected something meaningful to come out of it. Jenson to his credit managed to engage the crowd and make something of it, and similar stories for the other drivers. What Ickx should have said was something like, "So Jenson. How did the race go? How does it feel to win this Grand Prix?" and leave it at that.

#16 muramasa

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:24


On TV it's getting abit boring and sometimes clumsy I admit, but it must be a nice little treat for those attending at the venue I imagine. Not that it makes big difference, but still good to see the real top 3 finishers on the podium abit longer. Reward the audience more, why not.


#17 SpaMaster

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:25

I think it is a very good idea. Good for the fans at the track. They just need a good interviewer, and we are quite short on that. Usual bland your thoughts on the race, your feelings right now, won't cut it. Vettel loves it as he always does!

#18 August

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:30

I also don't like that the flags are not real flags anymore, and I think that's a bit disrespectful to the national associations these drivers compete for.


I miss especially lifting up the flags. But I think podium interviews are a good thing, esp. for fans at the track. But maybe they could continue the press conference at the press room with a professional journalist.

#19 byrkus

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:30

Who is interviewing in Monza... Flavio? :drunk:


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#20 phil1993

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:31

The podium interviews are a good idea. Let a proper journalist do it. Watch Will Buxton conduct the GP2 interviews and you'll see.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:33

Those interviews would only really work if they got Clarkson or someone like him to do them. "So, Kimi, why didn't you win? Sebastian, why were you so slow yesterday?"

I like the idea, but interviewers are mostly awful, there is a reason why that kind of questions should be asked by journalists and not ex drivers.

#22 Baddoer

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:40

Absolutely pointless. Zero entertaining, zero information. Waste of time. Get rid of them.

#23 Jolkins

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:42

I wouldn't mind if we get someone who can actually interview well.. It was so cringe worthy seeing him pause. every. second. to. ask. a. not. very. well. worded. question.

THIS! I still can't understand why they didn't go this way in the first place as right now they're just awkward.

#24 JRizzle86

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:43

You can't polish a turd, lets get back to Webber obsessing over the orange Juice on the table in the press conference.

#25 Man of the race

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:44

It would work better if Ali G would do the next interview.

Edited by Man of the race, 02 September 2012 - 18:45.


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:50

The 'flags' and the podium itself haven't grown on me at all, still hate them. The idea of podium interviews has though, I enjoyed seeing thousands of fans stood watching from the track below. The drivers just say what they normally say in the press room anyway, only fans get to see it.

Get a better, premanent interviewer though.

#27 aditya-now

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 18:55

Those interviews would only really work if they got Clarkson or someone like him to do them. "So, Kimi, why didn't you win? Sebastian, why were you so slow yesterday?"

I like the idea, but interviewers are mostly awful, there is a reason why that kind of questions should be asked by journalists and not ex drivers.


I agree with Jeremy Clarkson, splendid idea!

To Jenson:"Jenson, about Spa - what was God thinking when he gave this place to Belgium? It should be ours!"

To Sebastian:"So you thought you could win this one from Jenson? … the last time someone was as wrong as you, was when a politician stepped off an aeroplane in 1939 waving a piece of paper in the air saying there will be no war with Germany ”

To Kimi: “There is a word to describe your car: it begins with ‘s’ and ends with ‘t’ and it isn’t soot. So what are you going to do about it?"

#28 Skinnyguy

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:03

It´s terrible. When race ends, I want to hear racing questions and comments, not generic "How you feel" questions.

#29 911

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:05

I really don't like the podium interviews. Please go back to the press conference interviews!

#30 Longtimefan

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:07

Needs to go back to the old format, it was fine and they seem to change things for no reason.


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:18

I think the new podium could still work....just get a proper journalist to ask questions....felt sorry for poor Jacky Ickx....looked completely out of his depth. Fair play to Jenson for engaging with the crowd

#32 pingu666

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:18

i miss the proper flags, but its good for the fans at the track i think with the podium interviews, if there done well...

#33 SpaMaster

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:20

Great poll option by the way, the first one! :p Vettel is a natural, just like Kimi, polar opposites in public!

#34 tormave

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:26

It' not an interview. Both in Hungary and Belgium we get a monologue and three how do you feels. Having the interview there is fine, it just should be doneby someone who can. Sir Jackie I think did a fine job.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:30

Needs to go back to the old format, it was fine and they seem to change things for no reason.

no it wasn't (well maybe to fuddy-daddy's), this is much better, but they have to pick the right people, with interviewing skills instead of just famous names.

Edited by g1n, 02 September 2012 - 19:32.


#36 Topsu

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:47

Some things shouldn't be changed.

#37 Ferrari2183

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 19:59

Some things shouldn't be changed.

I think the podium interviews are excruciating to watch and certainly not as insightful as previously. Drivers don't know what to say half the time.

#38 Jejking

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 20:17

I agree with Jeremy Clarkson, splendid idea!

To Jenson:"Jenson, about Spa - what was God thinking when he gave this place to Belgium? It should be ours!"

To Sebastian:"So you thought you could win this one from Jenson? … the last time someone was as wrong as you, was when a politician stepped off an aeroplane in 1939 waving a piece of paper in the air saying there will be no war with Germany ”

To Kimi: “There is a word to describe your car: it begins with ‘s’ and ends with ‘t’ and it isn’t soot. So what are you going to do about it?"

Smile +1. That would cause fireworks, something the FIA doesn't like to see, hehe.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 20:25

It's good for the trackside fans who have paid more than those at home to see the drivers up close. I am all for giving those fans more for their money.


Too true, and it works ok in lower formulas, grass roots and motorcycle racing.
It's good to see things look a bit rough around the edges (just like a lot of the circuits are in real life).
F1 has become too sanitised and it sometimes shows in the comments from the modern fans.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 20:39

Needs to go back to the old format, it was fine and they seem to change things for no reason.


I don't think the old format was working either. It had become extremely staid IMO.

There was an interesting chat going on between the three podium guys in the cool down room today. Maybe they could just send in someone like Martin Brundle or Gerhard Berger (i.e. somebody with a good informal manner - I am sure there could be other suggestions) to chat with them before the podium ceremony - grid walk style (together or individually).

#41 dave12

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 20:44

It would work better if Ali G would do the next interview.

:clap: I would love to see this.

Lewis being interviewed by Ali G init boi and all dat.

#42 Wiggy

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 22:01

I'd read that they still do a traditional style press conference, but the British tv guys don't show it.

It's strange that after quali they don't grab the guys in parc ferme while they are hyped up and do something similar

#43 Watkins74

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 22:16

I thought today's was OK and the fans at the race seem to enjoy it.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 23:24

I agree with Jeremy Clarkson, splendid idea!

To Jenson:"Jenson, about Spa - what was God thinking when he gave this place to Belgium? It should be ours!"

To Sebastian:"So you thought you could win this one from Jenson? … the last time someone was as wrong as you, was when a politician stepped off an aeroplane in 1939 waving a piece of paper in the air saying there will be no war with Germany ”

To Kimi: “There is a word to describe your car: it begins with ‘s’ and ends with ‘t’ and it isn’t soot. So what are you going to do about it?"

We have a winner! :up: :rotfl:

#45 MatParker116

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 23:31

I wouldn't mind them so if it was one of Kravitz/Pinkham/Mckenzie/Anderson/Brundle/Coulthard doing them. Someone with actual media experience would make these much more bearable.

#46 Les

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 00:02

So far we've had Stewart/Lauda/Domingo(?) & Ickx so perhaps Patrese in Italy or someone along those lines. Laudas blunt no-bullshit personality worked well in Germany in not shirking from asking awkward questions and making Vettel squirm. However Domingo and Ickx were terrible at it - no offence to the legend that is Ickx but I could have made a cup of tea in the time it took him to ask his 'questions'.

Anyway unlike most I'm all in favour of interviewing the drivers on the podium but its being done wrong. Hopefully they can hand it to a professional interviewer soon. I hate the new style flags though. Tacky as hell.

#47 Pilla

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 00:08

I don't mind it, means I can get to bed before 2am. I don't usually stay up for the interviews anyway so it's better than nothing, better than waiting after the podium ceremony.

#48 zeph

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 00:44

Yeah, those podium interviews have been pretty awful.



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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:11

Actually liked Ickx today and having him do it was very appropriate considering it was Spa. Speed cut away for some classic car show- did they still have the regular interviews??

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:16

The 'flags' and the podium itself haven't grown on me at all, still hate them. The idea of podium interviews has though, I enjoyed seeing thousands of fans stood watching from the track below. The drivers just say what they normally say in the press room anyway, only fans get to see it.

Get a better, premanent interviewer though.


who cares about flags or pieces of wood/plastic with national signs on it, the drivers represent a part of my universe, I don't care where they really come from.

They should ask the questions by a de-humanized mascot or robot, would reduce the cringe factor to zero and be pretty funny.