Baku personified the FIA’s behaviour this season, but it’s time to move on

The resulting tumult from the events of Baku have spun the media cables into a frenzy – but enough is enough, it’s time to move on.

Call it a symptom of a disease, but whenever an event the caliber of the Vettel V. Hamilton shunt occurs, we all have a field day with it. It’s fun, sure – and when we’re in the middle of the uncertain fallout in the immediate aftermath, it’s incredibly exciting. But enough is enough. We are now fast approaching the Austrian Grand Prix, and it still seems that all one can encounter is pundit after pundit discussing the Vettel’s transgressions at Baku.

Baku was an outlier of a race. We can all accept that. It will undoubtedly go down as one of the strangest races of the season. Vettel’s swerve into Hamilton following what he perceived to be a brake-check only added to the fire. But it’s over. The penalty has been doled out, Vettel has taken it in stride, and both he and Lewis Hamilton have made amends. It’s positively ludicrous to believe that there is any more here for us to scrounge.

Now however, the focus seems to have moved away from the relations between the two drivers and more onto the FIA’s handling of the situation. Given Race Control’s track record this year with issuing penalties then going back for revisions, it’s not entirely surprising. But is it worth extending this story out even further into the future? No, it isn’t.

Regardless of what one thinks of the events that transpired, it’s time to admit that we all need to move on from it. Formula One has an incredibly high number of interconnected moving parts, and the further that we push this myopic viewpoint, the more detriment we are going to bring to the sport and one’s enjoyment of it.

Rivalries are so exciting because they allow one to factionalise and throw their weight and support behind either party, fuelling the drive behind the championship battle as the season progresses. With the current fight relegated solely to the “team Hamilton” and “team Vettel” groups, it suffices to say that Formula One is experiencing one of the its most thrilling championship battles. But when the lazer-focus of the entire F1 viewerbase turns its attention to retreading the same old ground ad nauseum, all it can offer is the very worst of sports viewership: incessant circle-jerking over a long-exhausted event.

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