Ataxia wrote:A lot of the time, F1 journalists have to pay for their own education, FIA accreditations (and in the case of freelancers, their travel and paddock pass). They flirt with the breadline in order to follow a career they love, and when a multi-millionaire with an ego so inflated that it could float effortlessly in the middle of the Pacific decides that he's too good for their questions, they are naturally going to take a dim view.
To be brutally honest, if I was a motorsport journalist right now, I would probably be more worried about my job due to further consolidation of the remaining press titles in the motorsport journalism sector than Hamilton's indifference.
I'm surprised that there haven't been any comments about this given it will affect one of the big names in the motorsport press, but it has been announced that the Haymarket Media Group, the company that owns Autosport (and all of its spin off events), as well as a number of other motorsport publications and motorsport photographic agencies, has sold their entire motorsport division off to Motorsport Network, the company best known for motorsport.com.
I know some posters here had been complaining that Autosport's journalistic coverage seems to have been declining, and it seems that was as a consequence of Haymarket trying to squeeze down on costs (and the headcount) within Autosport as a way of trying to keep profits up. However, it seems that it hasn't had the desired effect - as some have noted, it seems as if people have tended to drift away from Autosport given that it doesn't offer anything especially different from other publications these days - so they are now cutting all ties with the world of motorsport journalism.
Although there are reports that around 70 people will be transferred from Autosport across to Motorsport Network's offices, there is still an expectation that there will be what is euphemistically called a "rationalisation of costs" - basically, that they'll cut the number of journalists and reuse the same story from just one journalist across multiple different sites and print publications.
To a certain extent, I wonder if it is a reflection of growing disinterest in motorsport as a whole - it is true that the increase in competition and the rise of some more sensationalist outlets has eaten into their profitability, but equally there is the issue that a number of those organisations are struggling to draw in new young readers to replace an ageing demographic. It feels like there is a trend to try and stretch the same story out as far as possible, or to go for more "click bait" stories to create more surges in attention, hence we end up discussing stories like this.
Whilst what Hamilton did was foolish and, in many ways, a bit childish, at the same time it is, in the grand scheme of things, not really that much of a story - quite a few drivers have complained about the behaviour of the press and done things like walk out of press conferences or lash out at the press (sometimes physically as well as verbally). For example, you could make a similar argument for the photographer that Kimi pushed over when he complained that he was disrupting his preparation for the grid was just doing his job at the time, and nobody really cared about that story after a few days.
It feels like this whole incident being stretched into a bigger story than it is because, in many ways, there has been little else of interest to discuss this weekend and the press needed something - anything - to create some headlines to draw in more casual readers. I mean, a headline like "Kimi tries out new front wing" is only going to attract the interest of a few of the more hardcore readers, but "Hamilton causes uproar in media conference" is going to attract a lot more interest from more casual readers.