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1973 Views 18 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  Pete04222

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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Please, please tell me what's been exciting about them?

Take yesterdays race, that's fresh in the mind - what was exciting about that? As I said in the original post - I'm not anti F1 - I'm a car nut. I used to LOVE F1.

If you found yesterdays race exciting, I must have been watching a different USA F1 race!! Maybe there are 2? The one I was watching was the usual dull procession - finishing, as normal, with no car in the top ten closer than 10 seconds away from the car in front or behind it.

Please don't tell me you find THAT exciting, or I'll really have to feel sorry for you :)

I think we'll have to agree to differ on this - which is fine, as I accept that we all watch it for different reasons, and probably get different things out of watching it.

I don't know how many of you follow the Motorcycle racing, but the one's that do will know why I say that that really IS exciting.

As per my original post, however, I can't help feeling it's a shame that it's so damned dull, when the constituent elements say it should be such a spectacle.


I honestly think you misunderstand me.

I'm not trying to talk anyone out of their interest in F1 - I'm just genuinely interested in what people find exciting about it these days.

As I said - "I accept that we all watch it for different reasons, and probably get different things out of watching it."

I'd love to find it as interesting as I used to - but I simply don't. I actually envy those of you who do find it interesting.

You said "Michael finished well ahead of Kimi but that just doesn't make it boring to me" - and that's a good example of my point. If you find that exciting - fantastic. To me, I guess racing is more about "close racing" and if it's not close (and it's very rare that it is) I may as well be watching qualifying. Qualifying is certainly interesting - but it's hardly exciting to me!!

So please don't think I'm trying to influence anyone on the topic - I'm just curious as to how people view it, and what they find exciting about it.


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Dane said:
The most recent American I can recall is Michael Andretti (whose job was taken by some guy named "Hakkinen" and probably the two most sucessful were Mario and Jim Clark.
Either I'm going completely mad or Jim Clark was Scottish not American!!!

What about Phil Hill - US GP World Champion from the 60s - not sure which year - I'm almost certain he's still alive. (Apologies Phil, if you're reading this :green: )

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