Formula 1: Critics Call It Boring; Lacks Excitement...

Todd TimberlakeContributor IAugust 18, 2010

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 25:  Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari leads from team mate Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, Germany.  (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
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For as long as Formula 1 has been in my blood (probably since I watched my first race back when Speed Channel was called "Speedvision"), I have been enthralled with the speed, danger, and just about every other aspect of this sport.  However, for that same amount of time, I have heard people bickering about how Formula 1 is boring, and there isn't enough excitement...there isn't enough passing, etc.  To these people I say, horse feathers!!!! 

I have had the opportunity to fly up to Indy (twice) before F1 dropped that race from their schedule, and I must say, this was THE time of my life...One of the coolest things I have ever done! In the coming years, I plan on attending many more F1GPs.

Having said this, it may have something to do with races like Monaco (street circuits) that force these negative ideas and opinions from the lips of the critics.  These thoughts may stem, in part, from the fact that these are narrow streets which make passing a dangerous business...on the contrary, there is enough history, wealth, extravagant architecture and danger at Monaco for the FIA to implement a schedule that sees that circuit raced upon two or three times a season. It is simply exquisite!

Now I understand, if you are looking for bumping, crashing, and a plethora of cars passing each other to make your racing experience more pleasurable, Formula 1 might not be your bag.  Go ahead, watch Nascar or some other form of racing. I mean, when I am race deprived, I might watch Nascar for ten or so laps, and I can appreciate it for what it is, but that simply is NOT the sport that gives me thrills.



One thing I am very tired of...the rules changing every season in order to "make it more interesting" for fans. I don't need the rules altered season after season, and I am sorry if the smaller (fiscally) teams cannot make a break into the sport. F1 is the elite class of auto racing, and I am okay with it that way! Why "dumb it down" every season...or after "this team" or "that team" has been dominating for "too long"? Nonsense! Keep the same rules for 5...or even 10 years and let all teams make adjustments to those rules. The top R & D teams might acclimate to the rules faster than the others, but it would give the "lacking" teams time to make the necessary adjustments as well. It frustrates many fans when the rules are turned upside-down every year, and I am certainly no exception to that!



Every single F1 race start (regardless if Ferrari is up front or not) my heart rate elevates like I just ran 10 miles! I love it...lack of passing or not. Cars pulling up to 5-6 G's (loads that would be near lethal to non highly athletic people), RPM's in excess of 17, 18, 19,000, 0-100-0 mph in less than 5 seconds, speeds exceeding 200 mph, and 0-60 times of better than 2 seconds!!!! What's not to like? That's boring?  Well how about the simple fact that the creme de la creme of modern technology, the best drivers, teams, engines, etc. are all a part of F1. Anyone who cannot see and appreciate that needs to remember that the technology that is developed by these world class teams, engineers, and mechanics slowly trickles down to civilian automobiles. I can't understand why people are not more interested in that alone.


Bottom Line:

If you cannot appreciate Formula 1 the way it is, and the way it has always been, find something else to watch! If you are bored with watching stock cars shaped and decorated to look like the latest Chevy Impala (even trucks) go around in circles for hundreds of laps, give Formula 1 a shot!  Afterall, (come 2012) even Austin, Texas will be in on the Formula 1 action with a new circuit scheduled for ground-breaking in December (2010). Now that's a radical notion!