Does anyone actually watch F1 anymore?/Formula Yawn

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  1. Sick Note

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    Just thinking back to the days when you could not get me away from the tv while F1 was on, those were the days, overtaking etc.
    Now I realise I only ever watch the start hoping there is a crash or something, anything to make the snoozefest of F1 worth watching.
    And today horror of horrors I fell asleep after 10 laps :boring:

    Having talked to friends I am not the only one, people who used to love the sport don´t watch at all anymore and I have to say I agree with their response now -" watch touring cars or superbikes or GT´s thats real motorsport"

    I can´t be the only person who has turned their back on the sport and if that´s the case F1 is in big trouble.
    Watching the bit of the race (race being used in the broadest possible sense) I was shocked at how few people were there watching.

    I know there is nothing I can do about it but just wanted my 10p´s worth and maybe some other opinions.
     
  2. Brogan

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    Well how disappointing was that?

    Another F1 'race' which consisted of absolutely no racing or overtaking for the full 70 laps.
    That's probably the last time I'll watch it as it really is very, very boring.

    :thumbsdow :mad: :boring:
     
  3. Starburst

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    I watch every race but not every qualifying since the format is pathetic.
    If SKY still had their F1+ I would subscribe to that as well:)

    However todays race was the first one EVER I felt like switching off and doing something else, doesn't help that the track is a disgrace and should never run F1 cars.
     
  4. Joe Pineapples

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    Agree with everything you say Sick Note. I used to be glued to the screen, but now usually have the pc on, and half watch the race. Also got 3 mates who used to watch it solid every race, but not anymore. Even James Allen, who normally defends F1 to the hilt (he obviously wants to keep his job), thought the highlight of todays race was watching Ross Braun eating his banana". :rolleyes: :boring:
     
  5. electrolyte

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    I gave up watching last season when it was obvious that the new rules brought in to slow down MS / Ferrari didn't work. Is really, really boring now and to think I used to watch every race for 15 years ...
     
  6. Brogan

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    I kept hoping (futilely) that McLaren/Kimi would be able to to keep up after getting the new car sorted.
    Also Button has been interesting to watch the way he just keeps getting better.

    However, Ferrari/MS are just in a different league and once he gets in front, you just know he's going to win.
    To win every race in a whole season (apart from the one in which he got smacked from behind) is proof enough that they have something that the other teams don't and will never have.

    It's not just Ferrari/MS though, there is very little overtaking or racing in the whole field.
    After the first few laps, everything settles down, the individual cars get into their rhythym and it becomes clear who's going to finish where.

    It does make the whole thing pointless though as what's the point in following a 'sport' when you know within a few laps of each race starting, who's going to be on the podium and at the start of the season who's going to win overall?
     
  7. Brogan

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    I started a similar thread in the General Chat section here: Formula Yawn

    Suffice to say, I've had my fill of F1 and won't be tuning in anymore... :(
     
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    hasn't been worth watching for years......its a good cure for insomina though
     
  9. gringottsdirect

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    Lucky you !
    I didn't fall asleep until lap 42. :boring:

    I still watch every race and go to as many as possible but don't ask me why. :laugh:
     
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    Totally agree. Although it did get a bit like this during the 80's with the Maclarens always taking the P out the rest. However, the rule changes then did make it more competitive again, this time, as Brogan says they haven't. :mad:
     
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    I fell asleep half way through :boring:
     
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    I recorded it - well after lap 30 or so to go out - did anything happen

    7 years ago (day before my daughter was born) Damon Hill actually overtook MS!!
     
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    Never missed a race in over 10 years but it's getting harder to watch all the time.

    John
     
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    I think Ross Braun ate his banana sometime after that, but as to the actual race, not a thing.
     
  15. Brogan

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    Same here John.
    I'm finding it hard to find a reason to watch any longer...
     
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    I guess it's more like 20 years for me, but the feeling is just the same...
     
  17. lmccauley

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    Yeah, the most exciting bits were Alonso overtaking Button & Sato off the line and... nope, can't think of anything else...

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    I think they should relegate F1 and promote motor cycle racing.It's a lot more interesting to watch than F1 and a lot less predictable.
    The only thing that affects the outcome of the race in F1 these days is the cars reliability and any accidents that may occur on the first bend. I usually only watch the warm up lap and the first corner to see who gets through it and it may as well be race over :rolleyes:
    Until they make it more interesting to watch and less prdictable I shall not be tuning in anymore :thumbsdow
     
  19. Brogan

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    Hmmmm, not sure about that.
    I watched some of the bike racing last week and it didn't really do anything for me, despite a different rider winning each race.
    Touring cars would probably be the better bet.
    More exciting than F1, closer races, lots of overtaking and still able to continue racing after a bit of contact.

    F1 has had it's day...unless they can make it a lot more competitive and exciting.

    Remember the days when drivers used to run out of fuel on the last lap and Mansell got a lift to the finish line from another driver sitting on his front wing?
    It's just not the same anymore... :(
     
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    Since the start of the 1989 season I have seen every race live except for about 5 which was usually due to the joke coverage the BBC used to provide in the late eighties/early nineties.

    I will still continue to watch every race live as I am one of the biggest fans you will find, although I must admit that today’s race must be one of the dullest ever. I can understand why all but the most diehard fans wouldn't want to watch it.

    It is all too easily forgotten though that the 2003 season was one of the closest, most exiting seasons I have ever seen. It's just that the Ferrari red-wash of 2002 and this season make it all too easy to forget.

    It may be some consolation that you are probably witnessing the greatest racing driver of all time.

    KL
     
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    I'vwe watched F! since i was knee high to a wheel nut - but yesterday afternoon i went to bed as soon as the 1st lap was completed - boring. take away the german and there is actully a good championship there. just need Bernie to hire a sniper.........


    Gary
     
  22. Brogan

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    And the greatest cheat of all time.
    I remember him forcing Damon Hill off the track on more than 1 occasion so he could secure the title.
     
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    F1 could be a little more interesting if Ferrari allowed MS and RB to race each other, they claim they do, to obey the " no team orders " rule but you only have to look at Hungary to see they are not, no way Rubens Barrichello was chasing Michael Schumacher.
    In previous eras when Williams or McLaren dominated at least their drivers were battling for race wins, Prost / Senna or Mansell / Piquet, this made a big difference, also if the Ferraris were fighting each other they would suffer greater mechanical stress, which would allow other teams to win sometimes. :D
    I'm not suggesting Rubens would beat MS consistently but he would have successes. With Ferrari having by far the best package, no surprise MS is breaking all the F1 records, he wouldn't find it so easy if he had to race his team-mate. Obviously it makes sense for Ferrari to behave as they do providing they can get away with it, so we can't really blame them.

    It isn't really a consolation that we are probably witnessing the greatest racing driver of all time, because I don't need to watch Michael Schumacher to witness probably the greatest racing driver of all time.
    I watched Senna. Thanks. :thumbsup:

    Happily I was also able to witness probably the most exciting racing driver of all time too. Mansell. Thanks ! :thumbsup:
     
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    Now you mention it, didn't he try a similar move on Jacques Villeneuve?
     
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    Yeah, I can remember Martin Brundle's comment " That won't work, my friend, you've hit the wrong part of the car ! ".

    I don't have a problem with MS dirty tricks, remember F1 isn't a sport, it's a war. :devil:
     
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    There's no disputing his skill but why did/does he feel it's necessary to cheat when it's not going his way?
    Is it because he didn't have the fastest, most reliable car then?
     
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    If we are talking about '96, '97, I think most would say MS had a good car, maybe other cars were better from race to race, sometimes equal, sometimes worse.
    He made the most of what he had. :cool:
     
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    Are you suggesting Barrichello is deliberately driving slowly so as to not get even near Schumacher ? If he was about as fast as Schumacher but under orders, surely he'd be following in line astern at a second or two back. There have been races this year (eg Hockenheim) where Barrichello was absolutley nowhere, driving as good a car as Schumacher (what would Ferrari gain in giving him inferior equipment ?)

    This debate goes to show why F1 is still the pinnacle of motorsport. Although we moan about the races being dull, we still care about who wins and how. Touring cars etc may offer a better spectacle (partly down to poorer driving standards) but at the end of the day I don't really mind who wins and therefore can't get enthused by it.

    It's a great shame that we never got to see Schumacher and Senna race each other more, although something tells me it would have been accrimonious
     
  29. Brogan

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    Eh?!
    Touring car drivers have poorer skills than F1 drivers?
    How so? Based on what criteria?

    You can't possibly compare the two - they are completely different driving disciplines.
    I remember Mansell taking a touring car out and completely trashing it against the tirewall which neatly proves my point.

    And as for this 'debate' proving that we still care about F1, I think you have misunderstood it.
    Yes, I used to care about F1, but no more.
    It's nothing more than a procession from start to finish.
     
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    What do people think of irl and cart?, the american versions of f1.
    For me i think the australian v8 series is fantastic, loads of huge overpowered heavyweights, you can see them on motors tv.
     

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