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Why I've stopped caring...
You may have noticed me disappearing recently, some of you maybe haven't, but the truth of the matter is that I find F1 mind-numbingly boring these days and simply don't have much to add to the discussion.
I can't even tell you which was the last race I watched start to finish. If somebody tells me on a Sunday afternoon that Alonso won a race, I utter "good boy" but that's about the height of the excitement I can muster up for Formula 1 these days.
Here's why (and let's take the fact of no-Minardi as a given):
The cars are too reliable.
Back in the day you could lead the race for many laps and all of a sudden your car went out on the last lap with a big plume of smoke billowing from your exhaust. Game over. Rarely happens anymore. 18, sometimes even 20 finishers is the norm these days. It takes a mighty monsoon to shake up the field a little bit and these days that just means the safety car will come out and guide the whole field safely through it.
The drivers are bland as tapioca.
Lewis Hamilton is young, successful, rich and dates a sexy pop starlet. Yet I've seen librarians with more personality. It's even a bit unfair to single him out as most of them lack personality that would make me care about them in either way. I'd never thought I could one day say this but I miss Eddie Irvine.
The gizmos are a joke
All the little gadgets, the floppy flaps, the battery boosts etc are reminiscent of some naff computer game. People in here laughed about other race series trying such things out (A1GP, Cart etc) and now F1 is full of them. Vettel still has three kers boosts left and can lower his rear wing 4 times... if he collects 7 coins in the next lap he will get a gold star which he can trade for a magical potion during his next pitstop.
Yes I know it's a cost issue but the fact that there's no testing has made F1 even more boring. It's virtually impossible for teams to catch up or for new drivers to enter during the season. Just look at poor Luca Badoer. Things like Mansell coming in for a few races with Williams in 1994 and walking away with victory are impossible now.
I have no idea why they banned refuelling. In the past there was always something wrong with those fuel nozzles and that made the pit procedure a roulette, i.e. less predictable. Yet another little factor that makes F1 bland.
I don't care about the Tajikistan GP
I still can't get over it that they've knocked Imola off the calendar, what a waste! Hockenheim had it coming when they completely ruined the track in the revamp but still it's a shame that increasingly F1 is taken to places where people couldn't care less about it (like Turkey) or to tracks that are too bombastic even for the global spectacle that is F1 (Shanghai).
Hence excuse my lack of participation these days for the reasons listed above.