Is Formula 1 Boring?

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I see many of you have been asking the same question and hoping that Google finds an accurate search for your question. I am here to tell you that it really depends on you..

The first race of the season was in Bahrain.The F1 circus came straight out the box from its winter testing and preparing. The practice session was good – exciting to analyze team performances and who had come out on top.

The race, however, was a smack in the face. Several elements (full fuel tanks.. and the effects of the weight on car design and engineering, and the not-so-friendly tyre compounds) contributed to the bore resulting in the fans and the sport paying the price.

Sakhir Circuit © The Cahier Archive

I don’t blame Bahrain for being what it was. It’s not easy for drivers to embrace that many rules, adapt to them within a fortnight, and drive their greatest race ever. Formula 1 is at a crossroads, a road leading to green-racing, lower budgets and great entertainment. To be able to get to that better place it needs to travel through some rough patches together and this could be one of them.. but I’m loosing focus.

I am here to tell you that how boring an F1 race seems is up to you.

It depends on how into the sport you are.

Are you really into Formula 1? Do you imagine what it would be like to walk down the grid as teams and drivers do final adjustments to the cars before the warm-up lap? Do you read as much as you can about updates or changes after qualifying and Parc Ferme?

Here is what I do when I am faced with a race like Bahrain: here in Lebanon we are unfortunately blessed with two Arabic channels that are not the best at what they do. Bahrain Sport 2 (the station that held F1 distribution rights in 2009), Abu Dhabi TV (for 2010), and TF1 – a French channel broadcasting the F1 races.. but I speak zero French. I, instead, follow the Autosport.com live commentating. And to get a closer look at the technical side of things, I follow the live timing sessions for the race at Formula1.com. You get instant updates on fastest sectors, fastest laps, when drivers are pitting or slowing or suddenly finding pace.

If that doesn’t work for you, then you’re better off sleeping.

Monte Carlo Circuit © The Cahier Archive

Monaco can get quite…bleh. There are very few overtaking opportunities around this street circuit and even the few are short lived. Now with Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT fresh out of the factory, we are looking at an approximate six second gap between the front and back runners. It’s going to get messy and only because of that, I can’t wait for Sunday. It’s going to be a handful to watch – sunny, rainy, or no overtaking.

Trust me.

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3 comments

  1. Ramzi

    I miss the 3 vs 2 vs 1 pit stop strategy and having to guess the other driver’s fuel load. I miss having grooves in the tires where drivers find it harder to control the car in dry conditions, I miss having 2 warrior drivers going at it head to head every race instead of 6 drives battling with no consistency in performance of any…..I miss the rivalry of Schumi vs Hahinnen, or Schumi vs villneauve, or even Hamilton vs Massa…..

  2. Steve

    AM I MONUMENTALLY STUPID? OR IS THE DEFINITION OF SPORT “. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively” F1 IS NOT SPORT. IN ORDER FOR A COMPETITION TO BE FAIR THERE MUST BE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN F1. WHEN I WATCH F1 THE MOST EXCITING THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS A CRASH OR A PIT STOP. YAWN. CAR COMPANIES SPENDING STUPID AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO WATCH CARS FOLLOW EACH OTHER AROUND A CURCUIT. I LOVED F1 IN NIGEL MANSELLS DAY. NOW IT BORES ME TO TEARS. THERE IS NO REAL CONTEST AND NO REAL PASSION, SAME AS FOOTBALL.YAWN I’D RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY IT’S MORE EXCITING. ALSO WHO REALLY CARES WHO WINS. PEOPLE WANT TO CHEER ON THEIR NATION NOT A COMPANY/CORPORATION.

  3. Marcelo

    Here’s the problem to me – F1 lost the emotion, the human element. It used to be all about competitive racers leaving everything there, remember the Prost/Senna rivalry? Same team and they didn’t care, they settled their problems by themselves, not a team following the dollars. Nowadays it seems more like a battle of corporations, sorry but that’s boring and you can see big companies battling anywhere in the world. In F1 they compete by placing two pawns in cars, usually one will have to bend over for the other with the so called “team orders”, and not one of them has a personality. Might as well replace them with robots.

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