When rain persisted during qualifying at Circuit of the Americas this past weekend, some Formula 1 drivers, like Red Bull pairing Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo, entertained fans in the pit lane by dancing and pulling off other antics. Ferrari wasn’t having any of it, though, with team boss Maurizio Arrivabene saying that isn’t what they showed up to do.
“We are a Formula 1 team, not the Cirque du Soleil,” Arrivabene told Motorsport‘. “It’s fine if somebody entertains the public, it’s absolutely fine.”
“But we signed autographs for all the people that were waiting, and we took some of the children in wheelchairs into our pit box.”
“We prefer to do these things, rather than simulating fishing and doing funny things for the TV,” he added. “That is not really doing something for the fans.”
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen wasn’t overly impressed with the pit lane antics, either, saying “this is F1, not the circus.”
“The people are obviously not happy when we’re not running but we cannot make them happy with whatever we do apart from running [on track] and we couldn’t give it because of the weather,” Raikkonen said.
“Sometimes, it’s no wonder when people start thinking about what F1 is, when these kind of things happen.”