Debate: Do you collect autographs?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, fans, 2007Rumours suggest Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have upset their respective fan bases by not giving them enough face time.

Now, I’m all in favour of drivers spending more time meeting their fans who, after all, have often paid substantial amounts to get to races in the first place. Racers in American series like Champ Car and Indy Racing spend a lot more time meeting and greeting the fans.

But while I can sympathise with the fans I can honestly say that I have no idea what the attraction is in pestering racing drivers (or anyone that matter) for autographs.

For a big fan of the likes of Alonso or Raikkonen it must be a thrill to get a chance to meet your hero, ask them a question, express your support and so on.

But the majority of fans I’ve seen meet a race driver just thrust an autograph book in front of them and perhaps mumble a few words of thanks at most.

What’s the point of that? All you’re left with is a piece of paper that proves you bothered Felipe Massa or whoever for a few seconds. I’m not saying it’s wrong – I’m saying I don’t get it.

Do you collect autographs? If so, whose have you got?

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