I’ll post my views on this and leave, lest the thread develop (as I’ve seen so many times) into verbal warfare amongst the anti- and pro- camps for the driver in question. Said driver is a competitive beast. They all want to win. As do all the other drivers.
It’s not a “you know what – it’d be nice to win.” They’re all doing their best to put themselves as high up as possible, so that they can capitalise on whatever comes their way. Even Kovalainen, I guarantee you – would be pushing. It’s not likely that the 18 cars ahead of him retire, but it’s a possibility, no matter however remote. And when that happens, Kovalainen wants to be in P19.
He’s been doing the cardiac equivalent of a 90-minute sprint race. Say you lost the race only by 0.1s behind the winner – and you know that you had a bad launch as you missed the starting shot. You will, naturally, be unceremoniously p*ssed off.
Heck even in life that happens.
Personally I think it’s actually a good thing. I have a similar sort of “throw toys out of pram” mentality when I don’t come in first place and frankly I put down a lot of what I have achieved in life down to this. I’m never willing to accept being 2nd best, and it pisses me off to no end if I do. I don’t mind showing it, either.
Just as long as you channel it to a source of motivation, you’ll do fine.
Right. I’ll be off now. Have fun!