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Before I start, I should make it clear that this isn't me trying to wind up the forum and cause havoc from within, I'm being absolutely serious - so please don't crucify me!!

On with the issue... Question is this:

Do you really, really find Formula 1 interesting to watch?

When I think about what F1 is about, it should be one of the most exciting sports in the world:

You have young guys, of skill and bravery almost beyond comprehension. (I've driven a Formula Palmer Audi on the track. To your average Joe, it's an F1 car - wings, slicks etc. Even on my bravest day I'd be miles off the pace, so I'd never knock the skill/bravery of F1 drivers).

They're driving cars with performance that I genuinely cannot imagine. (You look at the performance figures, and they make everything look slow - unless you're a drag racer).

The cars are so full of technical and design genius that they can rightly be called the premier class.

It really should be exciting/interesting.

But I find it stultifyingly boring to watch. It wasn't always that way, I used to love it. I deeply wish I didn't find it so dull, as I love to watch virtually any sport, and I'm an absolute car nut - always have been.

I'm not denying that some races have interesting moments - the odd crash, the odd brave piece of overtaking - but add them up and you rarely have more than 30 seconds of real "action" in a race.

Am I the only one? I'd love someone to tell me what they find interesting about F1. Maybe I'm missing something these days!!!

Maybe I should get excited about the court cases, the appeals against everything. But I can't get excited about watching race after race that's won by a combination of qualifying and pit stop strategy.

I await the debate!!

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We can't say the races this year has been boring. I don't like qualifying but the races have been exciting.

F1 is business and sports. Business because the teams need big time sponsors to get the kind of budget to keep them in front in their developments. Tha's how it has turned out and it's just too bad that F1 doesn't fit into the "ideal motor racing" category. There is no perfect formula in motor racing.
Basil, what do you expect? A race where the safety car comes out every 10 laps? And get a full course yellow every 5 laps. If that's what you want to see then watch IRL or CART or NASCAR. That's the way the races are run. But if you watch F1 and expect to see CART or IRL then you'll be sadly disappointed.

Watch it for what it is. Don't watch it and expect it to be something that it is not. I used to attend the BTCC races very time I had the opportunity when I travel to England and I love the fender bending and the close racing. I love to see DTM now for the same reason.

But F1 cannot be like that. Drivers cannot get too close or they'll end in disaster. Look at waht happened to Montoya and Rubens. It's exciting to see but disasterous for the drivers. So don't expect them top take unnecessary risks for the sake of the viewers.
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