As someone who has been attending 2 or 3 F1 Grand Prix for many years now I am at a loss how attending an event can be so unsatisfying when, we are told, F1 is more popular than ever and the events are so well attended.
I may be in a reducing minority but I go for the sport, for a weekend of motorsport, not for the event itself, to spot celebrities, or to hear some bloke playing someone else’s music and fiddling with a mixing desk or to have some young aspiring TV presenter tell me what a fabulous time we are all having.
Yes I like a look at the merchandising stalls and I marvel at the cost of a pint of something resembling beer but I want my fix of motorsport. However what do I get…..
Fridays have always been a bit of a waste of time more a day to check out the stalls and back to the campsite early. Saturday should be the real start of the festival of motorsport but, take this year at Spa, it was Qualifying at 4 p.m. with no racing previously just some qualifying sessions and the F2 race ended at 7p.m. Not only that but, as I was seated near the Fan Zone all I could hear was the noise that passes for music these days.
Sunday the race starts at 3 p.m. and I managed to catch the F2 and the Porsche Supercup, but the F3 was on too early in the morning as usual. The race itself I enjoyed though after Max took the lead it was a bit processional but it always had the potential to be thus. There is always the mid field or the back of the pack fights to watch.
24 races next year is too many on so many levels but worse is the F1 heartland of Europe being phased out. Yes there are two races in Italy, no doubt to maximise profits on the back of recent Ferrari success (!!) but no French GP ( even if Paul R is poor these days), and no German GP at all, and we still get the Monaco!!!
Finally I have just purchased a ticket for Silverstone and the ticket prices are up 40% I’m scared to see what they will be in Spa, traditionally the highest cost outside of Monaco. At least this year I managed to avoid the gimmick that is a sprint race which might be harder in 23 with 6 waste of times planned.
Liberty Media need a good kick up the arse for so many reasons. We need a racer and motorsport man to sort things out and I don’t mean Ross Brawn!!