Personally i’m a Saward fan, as I like his business articles. I’ve been in contact with him regarding helping him research some force india court cases too.
Ultimately, I can’t see why fans have an issue with his journalism. At the end of the day, his blog is his comment on the way he sees F1. So people are entitled to disagree with his opinions – but to disagree with the articles themselves (i.e. their existence, as they are supposedly ‘biassed’) seems unfair.
However, I do have huge issue with the way he speaks to his fans on the site. He’s arrogant and exceptionally rude to a lot of them (including myself, when I told him he was acting unprofessionally – which, frankly, he was). Its petty and unnecessary. I don’t think the fans are justified in their criticism, but he certainly isn’t justified in the way he defends his own articles. Despite me liking a lot of what he writes about, I would never ever pay him a penny of my money for one of his talks or magazines for this reason.
Regarding the rumour – I had heard that Sutil was being considered. And while I respect Massa, his time at Ferrari is at an end – and Sutil would be a good prospect and a good number 2 to Alonso. If Sutil stays at force india for another season after this one, I feel his F1 career will have come to an end.