Formula one – Hamsters running on wheels

Formula one, I still opine, as nothing more than hamsters running over wheels. It’s pointless, waste of time, money and talent. There are at least 10s reason why I still hate it. Go ahead and prove me wrong.

  1. It’s not sports: Don’t call a bunny-turtle race, a sport. You give same car to all drivers, and then we’ll talk.
  2. It’s not race: What kind of race needs one of its competitors to slowdown due to team order? It’s like Yohan Blake asking Usain Bolt to slowdown because Jamaica said so.
  3. Crashes: I was told spectacular crash will be spectacular to watch. Even I was informed movies like Death Race is inspired by races including F1. If is true, its really sad.
  4. It’s not exciting: Around six blokes always ahead of game, the rest always behind. I take a nap, take a shower, grab a coffee and browse back to the channel – they will be still racing in same race in same position!
  5. It’s a pit race:  By the sound of it, races are won in pit stops rather than tracks. It’s like cricket is won in dug out, not field.
An “Exciting” moment in F1
An “Exciting” moment in F1
  1. Expensive: Considering you’ll only see start, finish and one glimpse per lap! Even 1$ is expensive if the deal is to sit there and yawn.
  2. Technology: I was also told, money is being put into good use of invention automobile industry. A $500mil a year for each team from last so many years, I had expected some alien car craft!  They still breakdown at signal.
  3. Rich-men sport: How easy is it makes an entry for a team? Suppose you do, how many years you need to compete to make a single point on board?
  4. Hype: F1 is nothing more than a ponzi scheme of sports world with blown up go-karting.  People follow because it is uncool not to follow. It’s a fashion statement.
  5. F1 geeks: They irritate me every day with specifics of turbo engines, rpms, cylinders and other part which never amused me!

This is part 2 of what I had written few years back.

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Update 25/01 : Due to a lot of good friends of mine objected the wording of #3 on crashes being spectacular,  I have reworded it to have less exaggeration.  But content remains same. I cant believe you never heard about it. One example right away, this author explains the romance between danger and dependency of F1 revenue on it. He writes :

……No one, myself included, wants to see drivers die, but by eliminating the potential for death (as nearly as possible), the danger which led to the popularity of the sport is lost. 
The remaining glamour, without the danger, is empty and superficial—glamour for glamour’s sake—an endless parade of celebrities shuffling up and down the pit lane and drivers throwing their cars into turns knowing the risks have been diminished should they get it wrong.

I still stick to all other points, unless convinced otherwise.

2 thoughts on “Formula one – Hamsters running on wheels

  1. 🙂 Being nice –

    Factual errors –

    – No one hopes for a spectacular crash – I don’t know where you got that.

    – It is a “team”-sport – the point is that the driver is just one of the team-members and the entire team (design, manufacturing, pit crew, etc) is responsible for getting the car to the finish line ahead of others.

    Some things *could* improve (such as budget limits, similar to what is now put in Soccer to make things more fair)

    – Race is not won purely via pit-stops – there are clean-overtaking moments which is what racing is all about. There are accidents (small/big) which can change the race entirely. It’s also about strategy and great deal of luck (for e.g. gambling on weather when choosing tyres)

    – Ponzi scheme?!!🙂

    “It’s not exciting: Around six blokes always ahead of game, the rest always behind. I take a nap, take a shower, grab a coffee and browse back to the channel – they will be still racing in same race in same position! ” – I think you haven’t seen enough races. Besides, a race beings from the qualifyings which decides starting positions for the teams.

    I am not denying it can be boring at times. But then so can be test cricket. Just like cricket, there are options to view highlights instead of watching the entire race, if you are so inclined.

    – last couple of points you mentioned are just your feelings – nothing to prove or disprove there!

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    1. Roopesh, Thanks for being nice.
      I have updated the post on crash comment, I rephrased it.
      A lot of people participating in it do not make it sports. Sports are when something given same conditions. If you want to judge technology, run it through by same team. If you want to judge teams, make them run cars.
      And why cricket ? I never said test cricket is not boring, nor golf. Them being boring or not does not make F1 not boring.

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