Post by ~misfit~ Post by Dan the Man Post by Bobster Post by ~misfit~
... to fulfill their fathers dreams. Child abuse?
Is it only possible child abuse by unfulfilled fathers if you don't like the driver?
I've never not liked Rosberg. I used to admire as a driver him until I
realised how he had little natural talent from driving and how driven he was
(instilled in him very young...), enough to paint outside the normal lines
of competition. Now I admire him again as a person for his achievements in
the face of little talent and his fortitude in gaining said achievement. I
also admire him for his very public act of self-emancipation once he
attained WDC status and equality (in his eyes) with his father. If he were a
natural competitor he would have wanted to continue at least until he became
'better than' Keke.
Post by Dan the Man Post by Bobster
Brendon Hartley's dad was a race driver who got all the way to
Formula Atlantic. Brendon was racing karts age 6. Scott Dixon
started racing at age 7, and his dad had raced on dirt tracks.
Many sportspersons in many disciplines start young and must have at
least a bit of nudging from parents.
There's a huge difference between 'nudging' and what was going on with Keke
and Nico in Nicos childhood (and that video above). Also I think you're
getting confused (or deliberately conflating) fathers living vicariously and
opportunity. Some kids grew up with the *chance* to try racing out and did
so - without their fathers pushing them. I know that I would have loved it
if there was *any* sort of overlap with my young life and motor racing.
As it was for me the polar opposite was true; motor racing was totally
absent from my younger life and, when I became vaguely aware of it was told
it was a rich persons folly. The closest kart track (which I didn't even
know about) was >100kms away and more than a years 'pocket money' for
entrance (and that would have been if I knew anyone who traveled there to
get a ride with, or even to talk to me about it so I knew it was possible).
Post by Dan the Man
The most egregious example I can think of (in a different sport) is
former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich. His dad (I think he was a
high-school coach) trained him mercilessly to be a QB, even going so
far as to train him to throw lefthanded (Todd was a natural righty).
The younger Marinovich got through college ball and had a brief spell
with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. He eventually self-destructed
(drugs), and his career went kaput. You can only push a kid so far...
Indeed. Keke managed to 'push' Nico all the way to the WDC which then became
a coming-of-age and way out for Nico. Other sons of racing drivers have not
done nearly as well. At least one (Henry Surtees) died while driving -
ironically the wheel which killed him came from the car of another (step)son
of a Formula 1 racing driver...
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
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