It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus has already loaded his sleigh with gifts for the good children around the world. However, some latecomers, like Italian journalist Carlo Vanzini, have just written their letters today, but that’s no problem. What he wishes for are not material objects but emotions for Formula 1 spectators and competitive cars for deserving drivers.
“Dear Santa Claus, we have been very good. Here at Sky, we have tried in every way to highlight the beauty, the most interesting, fun, and exciting aspects of a season that, dear Santa Claus, you didn’t gift us so well. We hope to have a season where you can bring a car to all those drivers who have the potential to become world champions,” wrote the journalist on the Sky Sport website.
“Of course, we know that Max is your favorite because last Christmas, you gave him a very fast car; you also gave it to Perez, who, however, wasn’t so good and didn’t handle it well, not enjoying it like Max. But that’s okay, give Max a car like that again, but also give it to others. Come on, Santa Claus, look at Charles: he got five poles with that car. Pure emotion, that boy! He needs a car, a fast sleigh that allows him to crown his dream, which he has been chasing for so long, always dressed in red. And then there’s Lando Norris, how can you not like him? He’s a smiling, cheeky, fun, and damn fast guy. Have you seen, Santa Claus, as soon as he got a bit of a car, he was there, dancing around, bothering his friend Verstappen,” Carlo Vanzini continued.
Seeking a competitive season
But, in the end, what everyone is looking for is just a competitive season, where Red Bull doesn’t dominate 22 out of 23 races because many motorsport fans have reached the point where they just want to see a fight for meaningful positions, regardless of who is involved. Sure, it’s better if it’s their favorite driver, but at this moment, a few more overtakes, some difficulties for Verstappen, and some races on the edge of milliseconds are enough.
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“There are many drivers who can compete with the car. Perhaps never as many as in the past. However, only one cannot be happy at the end. You have to make everyone happy. We, first and foremost, who love the spectacle, love challenges, love battles. It’s true; you probably went overboard in 2021 with that season ending in a tie on points on the eve of the last race, ending as the last race ended, on the final lap. So, I’m not asking you, Santa Claus, to have so much drama; I’m asking you, though, to put these great drivers in a position to fight race by race, depending on the circuit, depending on the characteristics, depending on their form. Well, I would perhaps like to go back to 2007/2008 when the title, victories stage by stage, was played, when Robert Kubica in 2008, after winning in Canada, led the championship with Sauber: I would like to go back to those moments,” concluded Sky reporter Carlo Vanzini.