Journal: What Is Still Exciting about Formula 1?

What Is Still Exciting about Formula 1?

Shayan Bokaie By Shayan Bokaie
February 20, 2015
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Photography by Afshin Behnia and Josh Clason

By: Shayan Bokaie

Hello Petrolisti!

As the newest member of the Petrolicious crew I wanted to reach out to the community and start some chatter about a topic dear to my heart: Formula 1. 

The Australian Grand Prix is set to kick off in a little less than a month. The most exciting storylines include the renewal of the iconic McLaren-Honda partnership, and 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel debuting with Ferrari in the familiar footsteps of his idol, Michael Schumacher.

As a younger fan, I never had the pleasure of watching Ayrton Senna in the wet, or Jackie Stewart earn his title as the King of Monaco, but I have tremendous respect and appreciation for Formula 1’s heritage. As the sport has become tamer and a bit softer over the years, however, I fear I might have missed the golden years of Formula 1. 

So I turn the question to you all: What still excites you about Formula 1? I would love to hear some stories of classic races or seasons that got your blood pumping and anything you’re looking forward to in the upcoming season!

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Angelo
Angelo

The most interesting things about F1 today are: The museums [b]Modena Museo Enzo Ferrari[/b] and [b]Museo Ferrari[/b] Maranello (ex Galleria Ferrari), the restaurants ([b]Il Cavallino[/b] and [b]Montana[/b]) and the shops [b]Shopping Formula 1[/b], [b]Hors Ligne[/b] and [b]Warm Up[/b]. The times, the cars, the tracks and the heroes are all gone.

Samir Shirazi
Samir Shirazi

Ayrton Senna, my Hero.
Not only a Champion, he was teacher of humanity

Michael Bartlett
Michael Bartlett

I went to multiple events at Watkins Glen in the ’70’s, went to Adelaide in 1989, and never missed a race. I eagerly tuned into Indianapolis in 2005 and watched the cars withdraw. I turned the race off and haven’t looked back since. Screw them.

Ollie Streek
Ollie Streek

Nothing!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

last year was freaking awful from just about every angle, but i have faith that F1 will rebound

Triplepac
Triplepac

Aesthetics & sound: Pointy front ends and fat meats in the back punctuated by a raspy, wailing exhaust note. I understand cutting edge technology but it’s like watching a lab rat in carbon fiber freakshow. I mean, really…

Tim Scott
Tim Scott
Petrolicious should track down the former F1 driver, Mike Thackwell for an interview. His insights on life, motor racing and why F1 is struggling are profound. In short, he was a real racer who thrived on the possibility of things going badly wrong, everything else (sponsorships, corporate BS etc) nulled the real enjoyment. F1 at its pinnacle (1960s-mid 1990s) was about the fine balance between technical development and driver skill. From the mid 1990s, the balance was lost whereby technology overtook driver ability. More rules, do not necessarily make it better, in fact, less regulation could see the rebirth of… Read more »
Henrique Almeida
Henrique Almeida

Nothing is exciting in actual F1. The cars dont make noise and people like noise . The rules are strange and the electric devices should be banned. Its dangerous (anyone knows what hapened to F. Alonso last sunday at Montmeló?).

David Wiles
David Wiles
I’ve been an F1 fan since 1961. Even when I say I’ve had enough because of too many deaths, too many politics, ugly cars, too much aero, too much Bernie, too many bizarre rules and rulings, I can’t quit it. The reason is simple. Drama. Who’s going to win the race? Who’s going to win the championship? There have been years when the team championship was a certainty but the driver’s title wasn’t and years where it seemed a particular driver had the title sewn up only to lose it at the last race (Clark in ’63, Hamilton in 2007).… Read more »
A41202813GMAIL
A41202813GMAIL

Sorry, CLARK Did Not Lose 1963.

GO, 44 !

Jeff Helmbolt
Jeff Helmbolt
Nothing about today’s F1 is exciting. Technology has taken the driver out of the mix. My wife attended every F1 race at Long Beach from it’s beginning to when Indy cars took over the event. Back in the early to mid 80’s you could get a garage pass that allowed total access to not only the cars but the drivers as well. The only seperating you from the cars being worked on was a small rope attached to 2 poles. The drivers were right there to talk to, sign autographs, or just hang out with. On one occasion Gilles Villeneuve… Read more »
Jeff Helmbolt
Jeff Helmbolt

Sorry about the terrible grammar. Should read “My wife and I”. Also I was remiss in not mentioning what a great person Chris Pook is and was. He made the whole thing happen. All you had to do was ask Chris and the he would try his damnedest to make it happen.

Jason Fitzpatrick
Jason Fitzpatrick

I went to my first F1 race in 2008 and I was absolutely amazed at the sound alone…it was nothing like I had ever experienced. I loved it! I’ve been attending a race every year since and when I went last year, the disappointment in the experience felt and not heard immediately…the wow factor was gone…

dave povenski
dave povenski
My first exposure to F1 in person was at Watkins Glen in 1968. We arrived at the campgrounds late Friday night and early Saturday morning we went into town. I had no idea why, but I was told that Ferrari kept their cars at the Chevrolet dealership overnight and in the morning the mechanics fire up the cars and load them on a transporter. Well, the sound of those 3 liter V-12s echoing off the buildings in town was music to my ears. I’ve been a Ferrari fan ever since. And the sound of the Ferrari V-12s, BRM V-12s, Honda… Read more »
Jeff Helmbolt
Jeff Helmbolt

Here’s what F1 was… It will never be this good again. No ground effects, no electronics, very little aero, no traction control, no stability control, NO NOTHING!! Just raw horsepower and good drivers. And the sound, oh the sound……..

BrunoR
BrunoR
Hi, I can at least tell what I like most… Not having 10\% of the pilots dead in car crashes each year. Seeing a GP without fearing the moment when it will all turn into tragedy. There certainly are too many rules now, all these stop-and-gos, but they were introduced to generate changes on the race, instead of having thos booooring races from the nineties, where the 3 first were more than 1 lap ahead of all the rest, and when we could Watch a full GP without a single battle for a position. But we did have, on the… Read more »
Noah Spitzer
Noah Spitzer

Ahem, the Mercedes’ lapped the last few cars in most races this year.

Stephen Stuart
Stephen Stuart

I thought Graham Hill was the ‘King of Monaco’ with his 5 victories; JYS only won it twice…

PJ Leone
PJ Leone

All the other races on F1 weekend. They’re the most exciting things in F1. They race some old F1 cars around Monaco each year, and that is probably the highlight of the F1 season. I would have said a well executed DRS enabled pass in one of the ‘DRS Zones’, but I’m not clinically insane. :p

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

Welcome aboard, Shayan!

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
It’s been turned into a corporate led marketing tool for sponsors. I worked for a company that sponsored a couple of teams over the years and provided some trackside tech, I was invited to Silverstone a few times at F1 weekends to sit with the marketing men and customers who have no interest in Motorsport, they didn’t bother watching any of the other races or qualifying, most people only turned up for the Sunday, sipped free champaign and got as much free stuff as possible. These were paddock club full weekend tickets that cost £1000’s, at the time I thought… Read more »
Lucas R
Lucas R
I still follow F1 in spite of all the highly invasive electronics and even more restricted reguations because it still gives me the goose bumps every time the five red lights turn off… It´s still the most competitive motor series in the world, even if there are more sofisticated, faster (in raw straightline speed), and louder ones… The whole deal gathers the best drivers in the world and has them driving the most complex cars you´ll ever see flat out where you wouldn´t even dare to ride you bicycle at half-speed. That is how I feel about it, anyway… Start… Read more »
Mark Drosnock
Mark Drosnock
except it’s not the best drivers in the world anymore, it’s about who can bring the most sponsorship dollars to the team. And they’re not pushing flat out, they need to conserve tyres and fuel. If they just pushed flat out the whole time they’d destroy the tyres and ruin the pit strategy. I wish it was the best drivers in the world pushing balls out for 60 some laps. I also can’t stand the insane amount of runoff areas, if you run wide or blow through a chicane there is no punishment whatsoever, which is why I still think… Read more »
Noah Spitzer
Noah Spitzer
Although I agree with you about most things you said, the part about drivers not being punished for mistakes doesn’t bother me as much. I don’t watch the racing to see death and injuries. The part that really annoys me are the regulations on restricting speed. The worst part are the DRS and ERS regulations. The basic rule is that when you are a certain distance behind another car, you can press a button that will modify the aerodynamics of the car and allow you to gain speed and overtake the car in front of you. This is so unfair… Read more »
Sanne de la Haye
Sanne de la Haye
On one hand F1 is far too overregulated, on the other there are loads of on track fights. The downside is that it is mostly artificial because of drs and tires. It should be more free, just a fuellimit for the weekend, not on the flow, ridiculous horsepower. Quick grippy tires, and i would lIke ground effect cars, low drag (that way drs can be ditched And it will come down to skills again), fuelstops. Soort of 80’s turbo era 2.0 🙂 The noise is not such an issue for me although i love high reving v10 And v12, but… Read more »
dave povenski
dave povenski

I like the idea of a fuel limit for the weekend, but I’d go the other way on car/tire design. Flat bottom cars with much smaller wings front and rear and harder tires. That would really emphasize driving skiils. And something has to be done to make the engines sound better.

Martin James
Martin James

” Le Noise ” ! Absolutely . The best analogy I’ve been able to come up with when it comes to the ‘ sound ‘ of the current F1 cars is ;

Flatulating Doodle Bugs … as in the WWII Doodle Bugs

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Nothing at all… It’s so boring and ‘corporativized’ that they should test the autonomous cars there, ditch the pit stop crews and place some robots to change tyres (witth the careful guarantee that every team should have the same type of robot, of corse…) and let them run on their own, using some drones with cameras to film the so called race and transmit it to the sports channels…

Martin James
Martin James
As a ‘ Boomer ‘ who’s been following F1 since 1964 … spent many an hour in ‘ The Bog ‘ at Watkins Glen .. traveled side by side and behind the scenes with a friend/associate who was one of F1’s best photographers … not to mention being [ thru connections ] a bit of an F1 insider etc etc etc .. …..When it comes to what excites me about todays overly homogenized cars / irrelevant technology that prevents rather than enhances racing / scripted results / spectacle over sport / can’t get within a 100 yards of much of… Read more »
Barry Ickx
Barry Ickx
Painful truth. You can see how exciting F1 is these days by the face of the reigning champion the day he won the championship. It was just a small grin and then some red carpet appearances with Roscoe his dog. Where are those days of white knuckle track fights? Those days in which celebration came at least with 25 champagne bottles and a lot of partying? Those days are gone because today everyone has the feeling that there is nothing to celebrate really. We have no more Sennas or James Hunts because of F1 politics. Of course we don’t want… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
You probably didn’t watch any race in the past couple of years. No racing? Have you watched silverstone last year? Spa? Canada? Of course not. So stop talking about it. I wasn’t around in the sixties but I have watched many races from that time and I didn’t see how the “racing” you are reffering to was more or less present. There were a lot less overtakes in any race of that time compared to what happened at belgium last year. And I’m not even counting DRS overtakes. Yes, there were less regulations. In the counterpart, driver deaths happened every… Read more »
Kevin Harper
Kevin Harper

I wish I could add more, but Martin states it well. It is boring and has been for some time. I am an engineer but the engineering in F1 is not that exciting anymore either.
As far as racing I would rather go see, or better yet participate in a chump or lemons race than watch any of the current top line professional series. It is much more entertaining.

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

Well said MJ!

Martin James
Martin James

Molto grazie …. though I did forget to mention those boring as watching paint dry Tilke ‘ designed ‘ [ and I use that word loosely ] tracks most of which are located in countries under despotic rule in my rant

Anne Kromhout
Anne Kromhout

Formula 1 is over regulated at the moment.
I love the idea of letting engineers go mental to create the ultimate car. That’s what brought us Formula 1 cars such as the Lotus 79. Lotus 25, Sharknose Ferrari and the Brabham BT55.
Sure we’re in a different era and I understand why there are regulations regarding the power unit and drivetrain but imho it’s putting a limiting factor on innovation.

JB21
JB21
I still get pretty excited about the chassis and engine technology. That’s really about it. Stupid rules, overbearing regulations, artificial overtaking, scripted soap opera, what’s next, theme songs for the drivers? Something has been lost somewhere, I find myself unable to get excited about it. I remember the first time I heard an F1 car back in a days when I was 6 or 7. I take it back, I didn’t actually hear it initially so much, I felt it, was more like it. And I knew that those machines were something else. And we all knew that those people… Read more »
Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

What excites me about Formula 1?
The whole thing really, the close racing, the overtaking, the sound, the…oh wait! Formula 1? Silly me, I was thinking about Moto GP.
Nothing at all excites me about Formula 1. Sorry.

Louis Devineau
Louis Devineau

The racing, quite simply. Some people complain that Formula 1 doesn’t have any overtakes; those people haven’t watched the 2014 season.

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