As NASCAR and its arguments faded into the background with their first break from competition since Daytona, it was time for the other major series of the world to take to the stage.
F1 started off in Bahrain, and after a winter full of hype (seemingly mostly involving some guy named Schumacher), it delivered one of the most underwhelming races in recent memory. The lack of passing would have been sleep inducing enough, but even that was compounded by the fact it was all done in slow motion—the 2010 cars-come-supertankers barely mustering the strength to lap in under two minutes.
And if F1's opener was a tragedy, then Indycar in Sao Paulo was nearly a comedy.
All weekend, the cars struggled down the concrete straight of the Sambodrome, snaking and wobbling like a trial even for the winter Olympics. The series' officials thought they had solved the problem, grinding the surface through the night to produce more grip. However, they only managed to create a very effective smoke screen for the first corner —with very predictable results.
Then came the rain and the red flag. Any other week it all would have been enough for Indycar to drown under a wave of criticism.
But the F1 race was really, really bad.
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