I suppose this year has exacerbated that feeling, because of the stable regulations. We knew there wouldn't be any huge surprises this year, but it's felt typically F1 - massively overhyped, and usually underwhelming. To my eye, the cars we've seen so far this year look absolutely no different to last year's.
Even the excitement of seeing new liveries has been lost. I can get why teams want to stick to their branding, and why Mercedes will always be silver, Ferrari will always be red, and Red Bull will always be Red Bull, but come on - at least make an effort! They just seem so unimaginative and unexciting - the fan art always, always, looks so much better. When Mercedes has some long drawn out press conference to unveil...*drum roll*...a car with a tiny bit of red on it, it's just laughable and depressing at the same time.
As far as actual launches go, I can't decide which is worse really. The minimum effort "slap a CGI image of how the car definitely won't look by the first race on social media and be done with it" solution, or the excruciatingly long and drawn out kind of nonsense Ferrari subjected us to. At least with the former, you don't have to endure sitting through some tedious bore droning on for half an hour.
I'm sure next year will (hopefully) be far more exciting with the regulation change. But yeah, the start to this season has been distinctly underwhelming so far. Can't wait for the endless misplaced analysis from testing and all the predictions that we're in for a mega close year, only for Mercedes to turn up and romp away with it in Australia yet again...