To be fair to those guys that talk about not being interested in other racing, I can understand that thinking. To a lot of people there is just something about F1, and if I can feel it (and I'm just some moron getting up at 7am to watch the races) than I bet a lot of the drivers get the same feeling. Not all of them will, but some of them, and it must be so hard to give up on Formula 1. It's why I think it is way, way more ludicrous a statement from fans to say "Oh Rubens why don't you give up/Webber should just retire/etc" than to question why a guy doesn't give up on F1.
I think something else to consider is how different you might feel if you never get a taste of F1, versus having barely a moment in the big show and then having it all taken away. I'd rather be a guy like Valsecchi/Soucek/Hartley who never gets a drive than to be a Klien/di Grassi/Chandhok type character who hangs around for years and years and only gets the odd taste. If you are a "racing driver" and manage a random shot at F1 and have a season or two I imagine your feelings towards your exit from F1 must be quite different than if it is what you have aimed for your entire life and it's over and gone before you notice. I've often felt in my own thoughts about if I was ever a racing driver that I'd probably (and I'm only half-kidding) wind up throwing myself off a bridge if I spent 20 years focussed on a sport that chewed me up and spit me back out after 19 races, 0 points and then I spent a further 10 years trying to get back on the other side of the pit wall. It can't be an easy thing to walk away from for a lot of guys, and I don't think any less of any driver who refuses to walk away.
Would never say Kovalainen got "barely a moment" in F1 of course, but it must feel like barely a moment when it (seems) to be coming to an end.
Edited by Andrew Hope, 18 February 2013 - 17:37.