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#51 boldhakka

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 15:30

When circuits start realizing that it's impossible to turn a profit with this circus and stop hosting races.


#52 Martijn

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 15:33

Ill stop watching
- when it costs too much money (more then 0.00 a race, as it currently stands)
- when it becomes even more gimmicky (tyres!)
- when drivers dont start behaving soon (all those silly crashes and resulting penaltys suck!)

I dont mind dominant drivers at all and i appreciate the skills of Vettel and Schumacher very much.
Spa 2002 was the most boring race in history perhaps but following it on live timing and seeing Schumacher push with purple sector after purple sector, drawing the last 0.05 sec out of the car when the fuel load got less, was one of the most perfect drives ive witnessed. Amazing, even when it looked like a cruise control victory from the outside.

Who has the record for most consecuative purple sectors i wonder...

#53 InSearchOfThe

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 15:37

Spec series. That's pretty much the limit for me.

:up: I was a pretty big Indy car fan. Even with the new cars and different engines this year i've lost interest.
In F1 it's all about the cars and to some degree the tracks that keep me watching.

#54 gluon

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 15:49

The day I die.

Though I'm not as fortunate as some fellow posters who've enjoyed F1 since the sixties or seventies, I have good memories from the eighties while going through my childhood. Since 1993 I've started following it seriously and I've never missed one single race live during these last 20 years. I remember, for instance, being on holiday on a remote Caribbean country and do my best to find a satllite feed, eventhough it meant losing about 2 hours of those amazing beaches. I've also missed many family meetings to watch F1 races live.

F1 is truly a passion for me, I'll die loving it, no matter how much I feel cheated by all the rule changes which I've seen since the nineties.


There's one possible exception to leave my second wife, which would be F1 becoming a spec series. I'm not totally sure even on that case though. I LOVE F1!

Edited by anakin, 29 October 2012 - 15:55.

#55 Nonesuch

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 16:09

I don't watch all races any more, some I put on while I do other things. In that sense I've stopped watching as zealously as I did ten years ago or so. I still enjoy most races though, even if I don't like a lot of the regulations put in place over the last decade.

What would instantly make me stop watching is 1) a spec-chassis or 2) having to purchase a special monthly subscription. That's not very likely though, since I can usually watch the race from a number of countries on my basic cable package. Haven't seen a commercial in years! :p

Spa 2002 was the most boring race in history perhaps but following it on live timing and seeing Schumacher push with purple sector after purple sector, drawing the last 0.05 sec out of the car when the fuel load got less, was one of the most perfect drives ive witnessed. Amazing, even when it looked like a cruise control victory from the outside.

Spa-Francorchamps 2002 was a remarkable race indeed. It was pure dominance. Just look at the fastest laps: 1. Schumacher, 1'47''176; 2. Barrichello 1'48''196; 3. Montoya 1'49''293.

Edited by Nonesuch, 29 October 2012 - 16:12.

#56 WatchingF1since4yearsold

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 16:16

if 2013 looks like being another 2011 I will probably only watch highlights of most races, I don't have the care to watch live races anymore if they are going to be processions rather than interesting.

#57 goingthedistance

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 16:27

I'm losing my love because every day the sport is feeling more like a business, and less like a...sport.

#58 jeze

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 16:50

Just cancelled my subscription to television altogether but I will probably watch some races in a nearby sportsbar. This season looked to be so funny until Newey finds a way to implement the exhaust blown bla bla bla yet again and it's game over. Not funny anymore and I'm not paying Bernie a dime until I get a proper financial footing in society (a student). The main thing is the financial aspect. I don't need television in my life, especially not with the way the world is going right now. I need to save every penny.

Edited by jeze, 29 October 2012 - 17:00.

#59 kpchelsea

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 16:54

There have been far worse seasons than the present season, surely disillusioned fans have long since gone


#60 paulogman

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 17:04

I already have stopped watching. I follow who wins and pay attention to how williams is doing, but it has no strong pull for me any more.
I think it is more the drivers than anything else.
I grew up with F1 in the mid eighties as well as the golden age of open wheel in the states. the cars and drivers were more interesting.
far too boring now.
I try to watch the odd race. the start is the only excitement. and then pit stops determine how the last two thirds of the race will go.
nothing happens.

#61 repete

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 17:06

when the electric side of the car becomes the only source of power/more powerful than the engine.

#62 moorsey

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 17:52

I've also watched F1, on and off, since the early sixties and I hate the current false racing. I can no longer bring myself to watch the races where the following car has to be within a measure of the car in front to be able to use its missile to shoot it down without the car in front being able to defend. I still have an interest in the results and watch some of the highlights but the races are just so boring it's not for me anymore.

#63 SCUDmissile

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:07

I always say that I will stop and get on with my life without it, but it never happens.

These days, it is a pale shadow of what it was back even 3/4 years ago (the word that describes it right now is 'compromise' not 'speed' as it was before) but I will always love Formula 1.

#64 Massa_f1

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:10

I will never stop being interested in the results of the races and championships, but if all the new tracks continue to come in and be as bland and boring as they are now, then i will loose interest. Not keen on any of them since Sepang and that was introduced over 12 years ago now.

#65 TheWilliamzer

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:26

I'll stop when there's no Williams F1 Team.

#66 Currahee

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:33

I probably won't stop.

But I have been finding time for a nap during races which I never have done before.

Perhaps I'm getting old.

#67 Kingshark

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:39

I'll probably never stop, no matter how dominant or boring it may be at times.

#68 OneAndOnly

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:49

When F1 goes electric..

This is my worst nightmare. I hope this never happens :(

#69 Dolph

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 18:56

The day I die.


#70 Sakae

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 19:10

Lucky those who aren't emotionally attached to any driver, or a team. After many years with F1 I am still unable to reach such state of mind. I like to root for a driver, less for a team, and almost without exceptions I cannot follow more than handful of cars on the track through the whole race. Maybe just three to five cars in all. Flow of new data over each sector is just too huge. I am not sure for how long I will follow F1, but with departure of Michael, there will be void which I am not too hurrying to fill. I also follow Sebastian since his early days at BMW, and should he leave the series for whatever reasons, in reality I would have hard time to really answer why I should watch a race. Maybe Kobayashi would be next in focus, but fact remains, that constant jerking around with rules, be those sporting or technical, locations, etc. I find quite repulsive. This year tire spec was one of those borderline tests should I stay, or leave, and turn the F1 switch on off position for good. It was so close, and journey which began in 1974 would have come to the end.

#71 Ravenak

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:15

The day F1 doesn't exist anymore, which could be soon if Bernie's successor does a bad job with it, which I believe will be the case.

#72 MrMontecarlo

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:17

The day F1 doesn't exist anymore, which could be soon if Bernie's successor does a bad job with it, which I believe will be the case.

He'd have to do an awful job, Formula 1 is a money making machine.

#73 KnucklesAgain

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:31

When I lose interest, which may or may not have anything to do with developments in the sport.

#74 Les

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:34

Yes the last few races have been a struggle to enjoy but some people are going over the top a bit. To answer I'll stop watching F1 when I'm 6 feet under.

#75 RedBaron

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:36

I don't know what would make me stop watching F1. I'm not too keen on the idea of closed cockpits, that's all I can think of. I can't see that making me stop watching though. I love Formula 1.

#76 SpartanChas

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 20:40

Until electric motors take over from engines, and maybe not even then.

#77 tifosi

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 21:05

That is because you are a fanboy of just one team. Drop the fanboy nonsense and start to be a fan of the whole sport and you will enjoy it all a bit more.

That's not always true. For example I am a diehard Ferrari fan, but by far my favorite period in F1 was from the mid 80s to mid 90s. I started losing interest about 10 years ago and it has now gotten to the point where if I am around the TV I will turn it on, but I don't really make any effort to watch it or follow it. We used to hunt through the internet (on our 300 baud modems), scrounging for any tidbit of information. Waiting anxioiusly for an new F1 Magazine to see what little tidbits teams were working on. The period between races was actually the most exciting as teams constantley worked on their cars for every 1000th of a second.

The races were very exciting. Would the guy who snatcihed provisional pole on Friday be able to hold on through Saturday? Open qualifying monstors with ultra sticky tires, excotic fuels and pieces of car that literally disintegrated after a few laps.

#78 rijole1

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 21:09

I'll stop when the racing will be boring and fake, the tracks grey and castrated, the cars ugly and underpowered.
Oh wait i've already stopped watching.


I still watch and enjoy.

But I agree there is too much pushing the DRS button and too many boring tracks.
How come it's impossible for FIA and teams agree on rules that allow building a car that can pass "normally"?
The maybe most irritating thing is the mighty power of politics and money in F1. It's like a fatal disease.

I'll stop watching when racing is totally fake and the championship regularly goes to the team which pays the most pribes.

#79 Ragingjamaican

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 21:34

I've watched every race since 2007, occasionallly missed races back from when I first started watching in 1998, but I had to go places on Sundays back then and didn't have the amazing Sky+.

Every race I watched I've been hooked and never turned it off, until recently. The last 5 Grand Prixs have been very uneventful and uninspiring. I thought I would never say this, as I enjoyed every aspect of the race, but now it seems as if the person leading into the first corner wins with ease, the first few laps only being exciting, and the results seem to be already in order after the first round of pitstops.

The tracks aren't great, DRS takes a bit away from the spectacle, then there's the tyre rules of starting on the compound you qualified on for the top 10, then there's the mandatory pitstops, plus having to use both tyre compounds, the engine freeze, run off. It seems very restricted these days, some innovation comes in, it gets banned year in year out.

India this year was the first race where I didn't really want to get up to watch the race as I knew judging by the grid it was going to be a boring race, and it was.

I know many are not keen on the idea, but I think refuelling would add to the spectacle, with Pirelli tyres, KERS and DRS, I think would see much more action.

Or if we got rid of the tyre rules that I mentioned above, but keep the ban on refuelling.

Teams are too restricted, hence everyone will do something similar, equalling predictibility.

I'm slowly losing interest, I'm not checking the F1 websites and reading the new articles constantly, I don't watch the full build up and post discussions after the Grand Prixs. However, I'm not sure I'll stop watching, as I always have, and probably always will love F1.

Edited by Ragingjamaican, 29 October 2012 - 21:37.


#80 Coral

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 22:29

The closest I ever came to stopping watching F1 was after Imola 1994, but even then I continued to watch, so it looks as if F1 has me for life. For me it's like a drug...it's addictive, I can never give it up. :)

#81 wayned

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 00:00

I used to really enjoy it, to me nothing has ever come close to the Senna, Prost or Turbo era but I lost a lot of interest in the Schumacher era.

Do not watch all the races anymore, it is a shame really this season promised a lot and it seemed like the title could go many ways but it then fizzled out.

I fear that if the 2013 season starts the same with Vettel / Redbull in front then more and more people will loose interest.

#82 Kucki

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 00:19

I've also watched F1, on and off, since the early sixties and I hate the current false racing. I can no longer bring myself to watch the races where the following car has to be within a measure of the car in front to be able to use its missile to shoot it down without the car in front being able to defend. I still have an interest in the results and watch some of the highlights but the races are just so boring it's not for me anymore.

Same here. Just reading later on who won the race most of the times. F1 has gotten so frigging boring with these ugly slow cars and asphalt ocean tracks. Overtakings done by the press of a button gives it the final nail in the coffin.

#83 fisssssi

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:08

I'll stop watching probably when Vettel wins his 8th world championship.

Until then I'll be hanging around for the ride, and I'm sure most of you will.

#84 FredF1

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:20

I started watching F1 in the mid eighties but only on a casual basis, if anything else required my attention then F1 could go begging. Then I got into the sport in a big way in the '90's & '00's. These days, I'm pretty much back to the eighties once more. As others have said, the Formula Playstation gizmos are a turn off as well as the ridiculous mandated two tyre ruling. Also, when F1 finally goes over to Sky 100% and Setanta's deal runs out, then I'll not have access to F1 anymore without paying extra and so won't see nor care about it. That's exactly what happened to my interest in US racing series when Eurosport lost the coverage rights.

#85 Linus27

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:55

I don't think I will ever stop watching it as its in my blood. I am addicted to it after watching it for the last 35 years. The move to Sky I thought would make things difficult but I have in fact been able to watch all the races live, either live on the BBC or the Sky races live through other means. Its been a bit awkward but still seen every race live. I also record every race onto DVD and this has changed as I now download them rather than record off TV but either way, I still have my collection intact.

Whats different for me is rather than watching less F1 which I agree is duller and more washed out than it has ever been, I am finding I am watching other motorsport with more passion and interest. MotoGP is awsome and despite not being as good as when Simonchelli was still alive, the Moto 3 races have been spectacular and a real highlight. British Touring Cars has also become one of my main favourites despite always watching it. WTCC and even some Nascar has kept me hooked also. I've also not bought any F1 merchandise for a few years now but I have purchased BTCC and MotoGP merchandise.

I used to go to an F1 race every year but now the value for money is just so poor that I have not bothered for the last few years. Race day is pathetic with a couple of races and the ticket prices just don't make it good value for money. Where as for £125, three of us can watch touring cars with grandstand seats, around 10 or so races on the Sunday. Its a no brainer really.

#86 Arry2k

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:58

The day I drop dead, not before.

This, or when F1 itself dies.

#87 Aqualung

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 13:05

I'll never stop.

Same. It's the most addictive sport I've ever followed.

#88 king_crud

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 13:58

I was obsessed from the mid 80s until around 2004. Then I fell out of love with it and frankly I didn't miss it. But this was in Australia and it's very easy to avoid it. But then I moved to the UK for the 2009 season and started coming back to it. But now I'm finding that races aren't on in the UK afternoon I may miss, and again don't feel like I've missed much, and the races I do watch I have had a nap during them.

I went to Belgium last year, have booked for Hungary next year, but that's for a laugh, a weekend away, with some motorsport. On the box I've started watching indycars again, BTCC again, WTCC. The most exciting racing series is the Ginetta Juniors!

I used to love the differences in the cars and the engines, and new technologies and changes being made to the cars. Now the cars are all pretty much the same, innovation has been stifled rather than lauded, and most circuits are a bit shite, so I'm in a kind of take it or leave situation.

#89 tifosiMac

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 14:00

I'll watch it until it disappears completely off terrestrial television. That's the way its going and I will have no interest in paying through the nose to watch it. Its not compulsory viewing and it'll be F1's loss as there will be many more like me.

#90 matzy

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 14:07

Too right mate - I have been watching FI since 1970. There are many ebbs and flows and some seasons are more interesting than others. You just have to roll with it. As long as F1 remains the pinnacle of Motor Sport, I'll be here!


this :D

#91 Woody3says

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:12

...treats me like Indycar has in the last 17 years.

Edited by Woody3says, 30 October 2012 - 16:12.

#92 pRy

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:32

I've missed a few qualifying sessions now and watched a couple of races delayed and I didn't feel like I missed anything special. Which is a shame.

#93 jjcale

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 16:37

Never :cat:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 19:41

One undesired effect of the Asian races is that they're diffecult to watch as they're early on the morning. The start time of e.g. indian and Chinese GPs isn't so bad, but it's weekend, you want to sleep long. And once you have do that many times in few weeks, like with Japan, Korea, and India, then at least I start thinking there are better things to do. Japan and Korea were probably the first races since late '90s/early '00s when I didn't watch the practice sessions even if I had a chance to watch them. FPs just didn't feel interesting enough to wake up for. Then I watched the Indian GP's FPs as after Japan and Korea, F1 felt more like it's abben in the past decade.

If the number of Asian non-night races keeps on increasing, I'm afraid I'm not always willing to wake up to watch races. If I want to see racing, I rather watch IndyCar that's in better time, US races are usually in best watching time in Finland.

#95 Eff One 2002

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 21:10

The day I drop dead, not before.

F1 might be a very pale shadow of its former self but still, its 'usually' worth watching.

Yeah, that's about how I am at the moment. I don't like where the sport is heading with these new 2014 regs and all the other shit (sanitised tracks, drivers that are wrapped up in cotton wool who bitch about racing in the rain, wet races beginning with lap after unecessary lap under safety car conditions, idiotic and over-the-top penalties for things that were once just considered as racing incidents, I could go on but I digress) but I will always follow F1.

Edited by Eff One 2002, 30 October 2012 - 22:36.

#96 SealTheDiffuser

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 21:57

Never F***1ng ever! It's the soap opera (for men)! Btw who were the french? F1 pilots that shared their wives?

Edited by SealTheDiffuser, 30 October 2012 - 21:59.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 22:26

I don't like [this, or that]...but I will always follow F1.



#98 CoolBreeze

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:16

Since 2009, i barely watch F1. before that, i used to watch every race live, religiously. Now, with all the silly rules and regulations, i don't seven bother to see the first 20 laps.

#99 ViMaMo

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:35

when it goes all electrical.


#100 john_smith

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:04

i used to follow f1 for the innovation and racing. it was enjoyable watching different teams' interpretation of the rules and the solutions they came up with. but the regulations are now so restrictive that all the 'innovation' cannot be seen. the times when a team comes up with something new, it is the subject of protracted court and appeals process, then banned for the next year anyway.

the racing has been neutered completely with DRS, KERS and other gimmicks.

i will stop watching when all of the below happens:
1. when kimi leaves the sport for good
2. when spa is off the calendar for good
3. if the world endurance championship, ALMS or another enduro championship gets more support from manufacturers/teams and the fan base grows.