Same here in Indonesia, though most people don’t really pay attention to F1 too much here (RUSH didn’t even make it to the cinema (or concert halls)!), I’d say there is a chance that more people have heard of J.P.Coen than Felipe Massa, so when “massa” gets mentioned there won’t be any jokes flying about Felipe.
……..your friends and others simply ignore car racing and watch the footy match (silly game indeed!!!!:)) instead and after you tell them who won the GP they look at you like you were some kind of alien; when you zap around to see if there are channels on TV that show car races (e.g. NASCAR, stock racing, drag racing, etc.) and get angry when you notice there aren’t any:); when, LIKE MYSELF, I go around saying that Ferrari is HIGHLY SUPERIOR to MERCEDES and see the sheer IGNORANT anger in people around you who own a Mercedes and think it’s the best car in the world, hahahhahahahahahha:):)!!!!