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Why F1 Is Better Than NASCAR

Fraser MasefieldContributor IJanuary 13, 2017

Why F1 Is Better Than NASCAR

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    Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya now competes in NASCAR
    Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya now competes in NASCARPatrick Smith/Getty Images

    Now that Formula 1 has a place in the homeland of U.S. stock car racing in Texas, fans of both sports will get the chance to judge for themselves which is the better spectacle.

    Whilst it’s true that the two racing series are like chalk and cheese in terms of machinery and tactics, there are a few good arguments as to why F1 is the better spectacle.

F1 Is a Truly Global Sport

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    Formula 1 is a multi-billion dollar industry at the cutting edge of technology.

    Teams are always pushing the boundaries of innovation to get an advantage over the competition with neat innovations such as Red Bull’s exhaust-blown diffuser and McLaren’s F-Duct.

    There is also an emphasis on such new technology being transferrable to road cars with the KERS system a case in point. And with the switching to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines for next season, there is also a focus on making the sport ever more greener and economical.

    It makes the gas-guzzling NASCAR monsters look like The Flintstones by comparison.

Oval Racing Is Boring

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    Round and round we go...
    Round and round we go...Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

    Races take as long as three hours in NASCAR with ESPN’s television coverage stretched to as long as five hours to cater for all the advertisement breaks.

    In Formula One, it’s more of a sprint than a marathon with a race lasting for a maximum of two hours—as was the case in Singapore—but usually shorter.

    Okay, so there are exciting parts to a NASCAR race with nose-to-tail action, slipstreaming, bumping, refuelling and crashes all part of the appeal as opposed to the tactical chess game of F1 racing.

F1 Is the Pinnacle of Technology

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    Formula One is a multi-billion dollar industry at the cutting edge of technology.

    Teams are always pushing the boundaries of innovation to get an advantage over the competition with neat innovations such as Red Bull’s exhaust-blown diffuser and McLaren’s F-Duct.

    There is also an emphasis on such new technology being transferrable to road cars with the KERS system a case in point. And with the switching to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines for next season, there is also a focus on making the sport ever more greener and economical.

    It makes the gas-guzzling NASCAR monsters look like The Flintstones by comparison.

The Drivers Include Golden Oldies and F1 Has-Beens

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    NASCAR is littered with great names and great characters such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson but most of them are American and it appears that you don’t have to be a youngster in peak physical condition to drive these brutes.

    Mark Martin and Mike Wallace are 54 years old and Morgan Shepherd 71. Scott Speed failed in F1 and Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve both retired from F1 many years ago.

    It goes to prove that any F1 driver could make a career in NASCAR but the reverse is highly unlikely.

Even the F1 Movies Are Better Now

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    Okay so I do admit to being a huge fan of Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights, and that’s what drew me to being a fan of NASCAR in the first place.

    But the 2010 release of Senna and the recent release of Rush proves that F1 has overtaken NASCAR in terms of Hollywood marketability.

     

    Are you a disgruntled NASCAR fan furious with my reasoning or simply have a different view? Join the debate below.

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