A couple of points I don’t think have been mentioned.
The sponsors of a drive caught with his pants around his ankles wouldn’t be impressed and for some drivers that would mean the end of their career and if that happened I would just think “you bloddy idiot”.
Secondly, imagine the number of temptations you would have! Oh yer! I respect these guys for not getting sucked in.
The other thing is, you just don’t know the full story. The guy’s wife might hate him. She might have done it to him or maybe the guy really is orrible. So I would lose respect for him and probably not be cheering for him as much but it’s marginal.
My opinion of a driver’s character does matter to me. I would be happy to see Alguersuari do well, partly because I saw an interview with him and liked his personality. Maldonado, don’t like the guy. I like to see him lose. Because of him trying to ram Hamilton at Spa during qualifying, out of spite.
These things mean more to me than a gossip column.