With the 2008 Singapore Crash-gate settled by the World Motor Sport Council earlier this week, drivers are deeply hoping that Formula One can stop serving as a playground for scandals.
"We are fans of the sport as well," Red Bull's Mark Webber said in Singapore during the FIA's
Thursday press conference. "We want it to be projected in the right way, we want it to be taken very seriously, like you obviously hope most other sports can be.
"But at the moment, it's off the back of another poor example. We're not proud of that," the Australian added. "But we can't do anything about it.
"We all love the sport and so we all strive very hard to get here. It was a dream for all of us to compete at the highest level," he continued. "When I was growing up, the Sennas, the Prosts and those guys were people you aspired to and I'm sure whether it's photographers or journalists or anyone, you want to try and aspire to work at the top end of the sport.
"It's a shame that you're not always reporting about activities that you should be reporting about," Webber told the media attending the press conference. "There's been a consistent trend over the last few years like that. I'm certainly running out of patience sticking up for the sport and I'm sure other people are as well."
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen
is also wishing for more sport and less scandal: "It's not a nice thing for the sport but unfortunately some kind of scandal seems to happen every year.
Hopefully it stops at some point and there's more about racing."
Williams driver Nico Rosberg, also present in the Singapore paddock's media centre, considered that wrongdoings and bad apples may unfortunately arise in any sector, be it Formula One or elsewhere.
"We have this everywhere in life," he said. "If it's business, sport, it doesn't matter where, there are always going to be individuals who do something illegal. It's a matter of getting them out of the way, which has been done."
Time to move on and concentrate on this weekend's 2009 edition of the Singapore Grand Prix, added the German: "It's been a negative thing for the sport but now we will have a great race weekend, we will have a superb race result, great action on track and everything will be a thing of the past again.
"So I think we just get on with it. It happens everywhere in life."
Lewis Hamilton agreed: "Our job is to focus on our race weekend and go out and try and put on a great show for everyone; that's what we're here to do."