It’s 4:30 in the morning here, and I had this completely random thought: F1 is a lot more like wrestling than it seems at first glance.
You have your rivalries – there will be the all-timers, but more often than not, the main rivalry changes every year or so.
Wrestling example – There have been rivalries built up between each member of the group of Cena, Orton, Triple H, and Undertaker.
F1 example – There have been rivalries built up between each member of the group of Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, and Schumacher.
Faces and heels – the characters always seem to alternate between the good guys (faces) and the bad guys (heels).
Wrestling example – Randy Orton started as a face, then went heel, then face, then back to heel, and is now a face again.
F1 example – Fernando Alonso started out as a massive fan favorite as he beat Schumi (face), then suddenly turned when he blackmailed McLaren out of a title (heel). He became a favorite again as he ended Renault’s winning drought (face), only for us to find out that Flav fixed the result (heel). I’m sure we can come up with similar examples for Lewis, Vettel (faces-turned-heels), and even Schumi (heel-turned-face).
Authority figure – He’s the guy we usually love to hate and makes sure everything falls into place.
Wrestling example – Mr. McMahon
F1 example – Mr. Ecclestone
Crazy plot twists – They both have them by the bucketload, from the silly (match intervention in wrestling, stewards decisions in F1) to the downright insane (roster breakaway in wrestling, teams breakaway in F1). Sometimes you wonder how F1 isn’t scripted.
Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder if other wrestling fans would see what I mean?