The Inevitability of F1

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted a Formula 1 race review in a while. The reason for that is simple. I can’t bring myself to do it. The motivation isn’t there anymore.

At the start of the season, I committed myself to posting takeaways from each race because I wanted to write more about Formula 1 and figured this would be a good way to do so. It was fun, at first. But then, not so much.

I would watch races and make notes on my phone. I didn’t mind doing that, but it made me feel a little less like a fan. I just want to sit there and enjoy it and not think about having to write about it, you know.

Over the course of the season, sometimes it would take me two weeks (or more) to write about the previous race. That’s because it felt like a chore.

Also, I felt like I was repeating myself a lot. And that’s where the title of this post: “The Inevitability of F1” comes into play.

The themes of this season are simple:

1. Max Verstappen is dominating everyone and has a chance to win the Drivers’ Championship this weekend in Singapore, despite five races still remaining on the calendar.

2. Ferrari can’t figure out a winning strategy, even though they have a quick car.

3. The cars can follow more closely, but most tracks offer minimal passing opportunities.

Those are the takeaways from this season and they find a way to manifest themselves in just about every race.

The sport went into their summer break in August and it felt like the season was over. Everyone could’ve stayed home. Verstappen was already way ahead of his competitors. Since coming back from the break, he’s extended his lead.

Cars being closer together on the track is all fine and dandy, but it hasn’t resulted in a close championship battle. Instead, we’re about to have four or five meaningless races on our hands, to end the season.

Okay, maybe they aren’t meaningless to the teams still jockeying for position in the Constructors’ Championship. Their finishing position determines how much money they receive.

But from a fan perspective, I don’t care about that. To me, it’s just going to be an exhibition. And it’s a shame because the final races on the calendar are some of my favourite tracks – Brazil and Abu Dhabi, specifically.

After the drama of last season and a whole slew of fans getting into the sport, I’m disappointed in how this season turned out. It was a let down, if you ask me.

We had Red Bull out front. We had Ferrari tripping over themselves. We had Mercedes take on the, “always a bridesmaid, but never the bride” role. We had McLaren take a step back. We had AlphaTauri take a step back.

We didn’t really have any midfield team step up.

Top to bottom, it just felt like the competition was lacking.

I hope next year will be different. I dream of the day where we can have three or four teams with drivers who can legitimately win any race. Let’s see them fight it out. Let’s be surprised with the winner. Let’s see their individual talent shine through.

Next year, Formula 1 is going up to 24 races on the calendar. There were 23 this year.

Look, I love my Formula 1. I don’t know if I love it 24 times a year.

The longer the season, the more meaningless races they will have. That’s my opinion. Because what happens when the championship is awarded on Race 18 next year and there are still 6 left?

Races without any stakes are just…boring.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention – there will be 6 Sprint Races next year, as well. There were 3 this year.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it 100 more times: I don’t like Sprint Races. I think I’m in the majority with that opinion, but is F1 going to listen to the fans? Or are they going to look at how much more revenue they can generate from it and not care what we think?

Answer: Revenue.

That’s their prerogative. It’s a business, after all.

As I said earlier in the season, F1 needs to be careful. The interest in F1 has, arguably, never been higher. The powers that be seem to be in “give them more, more, more” mode, right now. Make the money before interest dips.

I fear that the oversaturation will eventually be too much and the essence of the sport will be lost.

Races without competition are just high-speed parades. At some point, people will get tired of seeing the same song and dance, no matter how you dress it up.

I think the cars have gotten too big to maneuver amongst each other on the track. It’s like if you tried to put a lamp post in your living room instead of a lamp.

The cars are longer and wider than ever. Two metres in width is almost unfathomable to me.

I get it. The cars are bigger because the gas tank needs to be larger since they stopped allowing teams to refuel during races many years ago. The hybrid system takes up more space, and there are also safety measures.

Fine. Then start commissioning the construction of new race tracks that can fit these cars…or something. I don’t know what the answer is. I just know it’s disheartening to tune into a race and realize there is only one corner where overtaking is possible.

God love Monaco, but it is like trying to fit 20 cars in a driveway for a Christmas party.

I’m rambling.

In conclusion, I had higher hopes for this F1 season.

There are six races remaining and we already know that Max Verstappen will repeat as Drivers’ Champion and Red Bull will win their first Constructors’ Championship since 2013, thus ending Mercedes eight-year reign.

None of that is official, but it’s inevitable.

What are your thoughts on the 2022 F1 season? How do you feel about 24 races on the calendar next year?

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14 Responses to The Inevitability of F1

  1. Monty Vern says:

    This is all supposed to be fun. So kudos to you for recognizing the fact that it wasn’t anymore and giving yourself a break.

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  2. I totally agree with you Paul , I was hoping for a closer driver season with year with Ferrari having a better car finally – but they keep figuring out ways to lose lol – not a fan of the sprint races as well and to have 6 🙈- and adding an extra race- I don’t want to start lol – there is no need for another race on the grid – could result in another boring season – but hey they are making money off of the Netflix band wagoners and they don’t want to give that up 😆🙄 used to be reasonable to go to see a race in person now it’s down right extortion

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    • Paul says:

      I looked up prices for the Canadian Grand Prix this year and thought I was on the wrong site when I saw them. Just outrageous for a 3-day weekend. Not to mention hotel, food, transportation, merchandise, etc. I sure hope families can afford to bring their kids to races, or F1 is really going to suffer with the next generation of fans.

      In the article where they announced 6 Sprint Races for next season they said, “The feedback from the fans, teams, promoters, and partners has been very positive” and that the races were popular. It just feels like they’re force feeding us now. I think fans would be just fine without it.

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      • its absolutely crazy, makes no sense , we were lucky enough to go to montreal 2x but only for race day and one year for 2 days , which wasn’t too bad – a family can not go with these prices and they are definitely not listening to the fans lol

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  3. Dutch Lion says:

    Man, I’m dumb. I didn’t realize that there was no refueling. Is that for real? I must not be paying attention enough. That’s dumb. Part of the fun of the race strategy was the pitstops including refueling time. As a kid, I loved seeing the refueling pumps taking 15 or 20 seconds and then sometimes even gasoline would squirt everywhere. I loved that dangerous stuff!

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    • Paul says:

      Yup they haven’t been allowed to refuel since 2010. That’s why teams are making pit stops that only last 2.5 seconds or less these days. They got rid of it for safety reasons, obviously, but also to lower costs when they ship all their equipment from country to country. The fuel rigs really ran up the cost apparently.

      I miss the refuelling because every team had a different strategy with how much fuel to put in the car. It made everyone’s pit stop a different length of time. It made every car a different weight on track. Now, everyone stops for the same amount of time and they know exactly which place they’re going to come out in.

      Maybe one day they’ll go back to refuelling if they can find a way to ensure there aren’t any fires?

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  4. Bill says:

    I think the Sky Sports announcers may be the most-talented in sports. They have to keep an audience for three practice sessions, qualifying, a 90-minute pre-race show and an entire race when everyone knows Verstappen is going to win when it’s all said and done.

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  6. Ben Berwick says:

    F1 in 22 has become the Max Verstappen show. He’s been in a class of his own, sailing beyond everyone, aided by a Ferrari team that seem determined to destroy their own races. I agree on you about sprint races, I am not a fan. Nor am I a fan of a 24-race season (19, 20 at most is fine, but the authorities are going to burn out drivers, mechanics, engineers and fans with all the journeys).

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    • Paul says:

      You’re exactly right. They’ll have two months off from travelling the world and then be right back at it. It’s going to take a toll on everyone.

      I think 18-20 is the sweet spot for races. Unless we get 3 teams with the same level of consistency, we’re going to get a bunch of meaningless races at the end.

      If there’s any positive to all this it’s that F1 is finally getting the attention it deserves and we should be happy about that. But at what cost?

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