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Chilton Not Representing GB ?

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Kevin McDonald, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. As I was watching the testing report on SSN I just noticed that Chilton had the English flag beside his nameinstead of the British flag, does anyone know the reason for this ? [​IMG]
  2. Di Resta also has a Scottish flag on his helmet. It must just be a fault from Sky then.
  3. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    F1 uses the sovereign states list so all the British citizens will compete with UK flag.
  4. Maybe he classes himself as being English instead of British? They're two different nationalties both in game and in real life.
  5. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    English is not a "real life" nationality, there is only British passport, army, UN member, etc.

    English is an "historical nationality" or "cultural nationality", but not formal/legal sovereign country.

    In some sports invented in the UK there are 4 British teams, but this is also an historical privilege, an exception because the "regional" UK federations founded the sport, in all other sports they compete as UK.
  6. Bram

    Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  7. From what I've seen from the early 2000's with the old timing. DC was represented with the Scottish or UK flag.
  8. You can't represent Great Britain, as it's just the name of the island, not the country.

    It would be like a Spaniard representing the Iberian Peninsula
  9. I was trying to think of an example, you hit the nail on the head!
  10. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    Except in the sports where UK has special historical privileges, an sportsman can only represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland, because that's the only sovereign state.

    I understand that there is people that feels only English, Welsh, etc. but outside UK, officially, that are just regions of one country. Same way lots of Catalonians, Basques, etc. don't feel Spaniards. Catalonian Autonomous Comunity even has the official status of nationality, it has way more autonomy than Scotland, but it's also not a sovereign country,

    Certainly except for the exceptions I pointed out, you can't represent England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    Even if Great Britain is a geographical name referred to the island, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland is sometimes referred as Great Britain in sports:


    For instance, the Olympic team is called "Team Great Britain", I don't know the exact reason but quoting wiki:

    No wonder many people is confused about what GB, UK and England really mean :D

    You have to look not to the TV things, but to the entry lists and the podium, where it is official. Every time a Scottish driver was on the podium, the UK flag was raised and if it was because a win, UK anthem was played.
  11. That could very well change soon because of the independence referendum here in Scotland next year and it seems the majority are for it.
  12. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    Yep, that would change it ;)

    I was just pointing the current facts, not imposing any nationality to anyone.

    In fact I think its great that the Scottish people can decide what they want to do, some other states with territories in the same situation should take example.