2017-01-30 21:32:38 UTC
Something for the new owners Liberty Media to consider, a UK survey of the 50 most boring things included Formula 1 at number 22;
1. Party Political broadcasts
2. Being kept on hold
3. Queuing in the post office
4. Traffic jams
5. Shopping channels
6. Doctor waiting rooms
7. Slow Wi-Fi
8. Waiting for a delivery
9. Train delays
10. Ad breaks
22. Formula One
46. Buying socks
47. Washing the dishes
48. Gardeners World
49. Small talk
50. Alan Titchmarsh
The full list - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/can-you-guess-most-boring-5596113
I think the problem started in the mid-1980's or so, when these things happened or soon arrived;
1. The cars eventually outgrew most of the circuits at that point, sterile circuits were added, and `untameable' circuits like the old Osterreichring or old Mexico City etc were removed. So too easy for the engineers to create cars which constantly hog the racing line without fail and thereby block all the following cars.
2. The H-pattern gearbox was abandoned in favour of the paddle shift (yes I mean you Williams). A missed gear change could occur at any time and always created a passing opportunity. Now you can't miss a gear.
3. Indycar began to be increasingly shown, along with the inevitable racing contrast (brought about by constant pace cars phases).
4. Lotus totally dominated in 1963 and 1965 and 1978, but that isn't a lot of years over that total time. But for some reason when McLaren did it in 1984 it seemed to herald an era to this day where one car domination in a season is more or less the norm not an exception.
5. Alain Prost became as a key driver - who (brilliant though he was of course) proved that winning races and titles without taking too many risks was at least as good an overall strategy (if not better) than trying to win them by taking lots of risks. Compare with Juan Pablo Montoya in F1 - is the final corner at Hockenheim named after him? It should be since he crashed there that often through overdoing it - even on the parade lap once. And Button v Hamilton at McLaren - say no more. Bits of that Spa polystyrene sign from Hamilton's collision with Kobayashi have yet to land. So another haul of points for you there Jenson - who always acknowledged Alain as his inspiration of course. Risk taking should pay if you want exiting racing - and it doesn't.
6. The TV companies actually covering it eventually started saying it was boring themselves during it - Ratner II.