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Monday 10 June 2013

What is the point of Formula 1?

Sadly an official died at the Canadian Gran Prix last weekend; the first in Formula 1 for ten years. His family will, no doubt, take comfort from the fact that he perished doing what he liked best.
For many followers of this so called sport, the possibility of accidents and, dare I say it, death is part of the appeal. Most of the excitement of a race is to be found in the initial dash to the first bend, because this is the optimum time for crashes and disaster. How many people actually hope for a spot of rain to make the track slippery; to introduce an element of chance? Anything to heighten the possibility of a surprise and break the monotony of racing.

Frankly, once the first corner has been successfully navigated, Formula 1 has all the appeal of syncronised swimming with none of the excitement of the water sport.
This season will almost certainly be won by Vettel because he has the best car as demonstrated by the well observed practice sessions. Everyone knows it; it is a racing certainty. Why not award the race to the guy and car that achieves pole position in practice? what's the point of the subsequent hour and a half of watching cars repeatedly circumnavigate a track, the only break from the tedium coming from artificially introduced pit stops to change the competition contrived tyres?
What is the point of Monaco, where overtaking is vitually impossible, if it isn't to be seen on your executive yacht? What has car racing really got to do with a jolly good social occasion? Thousands of hours of television; pundits in the pit lane discussing tactics and tyre strategy. What for? To watch Vettel finish first, bar a breakdown, and either Alonso or Hamilton trail behind. Race after mind bogglingly boring race.

Formula 1 is very beneficial for the UK economy; at least I hope they are, with many teams based in the midlands. Millions of pounds are spent in designing vehicles that will cover a couple of miles in a time faster than the other cars by less than a tenth of a second. Bloody marvellous!! Yippee!! I welcome innovation and the advancement in science and I'm sure there must be technological spin-offs from semi automatic gear shifts, adverse turbulence dissipation etc but Wouldn't it be money better spent on trying to develop an energy source to replace, for example, petroleum spirit. It begs the question: what is this circus for if it isn't to fill the coffers of those who own the F1 franchise? Is this really what the followers of F1 want?
Come on guys! Give up this ridiculous so called sport and join me in the pool. Deep breath now!

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