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Poll: ARE YOU EXCITED MATE (190 member(s) have cast votes)

Following the Bahrain GP, how excited are you for Saudi GP?

  1. Extremely excited (7 votes [3.68%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.68%

  2. Pretty excited (15 votes [7.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.89%

  3. Moderately excited (37 votes [19.47%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.47%

  4. Not particularly excited (60 votes [31.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 31.58%

  5. Not at all excited (71 votes [37.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 37.37%

Which 2024 Saudi GP sessions are you intending to watch?

  1. FIA Formula 1 - Practice 1 (40 votes [6.59%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.59%

  2. FIA Formula 1 - Practice 2 (41 votes [6.75%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.75%

  3. FIA Formula 1 - Practice 3 (41 votes [6.75%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.75%

  4. FIA Formula 1 - Qualifying (124 votes [20.43%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.43%

  5. FIA Formula 1 - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (144 votes [23.72%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.72%

  6. FIA Formula 2 - Practice (5 votes [0.82%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.82%

  7. FIA Formula 2 - Qualifying (30 votes [4.94%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.94%

  8. FIA Formula 2 - Race 1 (58 votes [9.56%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.56%

  9. FIA Formula 2 - Race 2 (61 votes [10.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.05%

  10. F1 Academy - Practice (1 votes [0.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.16%

  11. F1 Academy - Qualifying (4 votes [0.66%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.66%

  12. F1 Academy - Race 1 (11 votes [1.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.81%

  13. F1 Academy - Race 2 (12 votes [1.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.98%

  14. Any of the Porsche CC Middle East sessions (that you cannot watch on TV or web) (3 votes [0.49%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.49%

  15. I won't watch anything (32 votes [5.27%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.27%

Looking also ahead to the Australian Grand Prix, are you more excited for that than Jeddah?

  1. Yes I'm looking more towards Melbourne (91 votes [47.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.89%

  2. No I'm looking more towards Jeddah (11 votes [5.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.79%

  3. Both are equally as interesting (31 votes [16.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.32%

  4. Both are equally as uninteresting (57 votes [30.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 30.00%

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#1 LolaB0860

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 12:39

I wanna do some comparative data analyzing (or something) between feelings before the season opener, and after it for the next race, so give your insights NOW

 

Bahrain poll was here

https://forums.autos...?hl=+excitement

 

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Edited by LolaB0860, 03 March 2024 - 12:40.


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#2 1player

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 13:27

Without attracting ire of the ladies and gentlemen from down under, Australia has never been an exciting track either. It's going to be a snoozefest until maybe Suzuka in early April, and only because of that overpowered DRS zone on the main straight.

#3 derstatic

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 13:36

Snoozefest until there's actually competition for wins. Racing in the field was decent and the field is close. It's just not that exciting to watch Ricciardo trying to overtake Magnussen for p12 in the final laps, or to wonder if Alonso will catch and pass Stroll on new tyres for 9th. 



#4 Ruudbackus

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 13:37

I voted for total excitement. But not because of the grand prix. More exciting to see whats gonna happen of track and in F2, where racing was fun in bahrein



#5 Ruusperi

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:05

Honestly, it feels like round 24 of 2023 season. Melbourne will be the place where the season 2024 officially starts for me.

 

But yeah, probably going to witness more crashes than in Bahrain, but don't think racing is going to be any better. F2 might get frantic with red flags and whatnot. Not interested in F1 Academy at all, because watching 15 slow F4 cars is not my cup of tea. I would've preferred F3 with its 30-car-grid instead.



#6 Disgrace

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:06

Confession: I actually like the circuit.



#7 P123

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:21

I couldn't care less about the Saudi race, and that has nothing to do with the on track product in Bahrain.  It's just another deadwood night race, a terrible track, padding out a bloated calendar.  Let's get to Melbourne for the proper season opener.



#8 Risil

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:25

Confession: I actually like the circuit.

It's got a vaguely Surfers Paradise feel. Mind you these aren't 90s Indycars.



#9 LolaB0860

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:30

The circuit looks okay-ish before sunset. The profile isn't particularly interesting even then, but at least it looks like something.

 

Under the floodlights it's the most boring setting imaginable. Well maybe there's Houthi missile strike again


Edited by LolaB0860, 03 March 2024 - 14:31.


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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:34

Just like Bahrain, qualifying in Saudi Arabia will be very tight and the driver will make the difference. Red Bull has no advantage in qualy trim. The race has the potential to be interesting because it is a low deg circuit and there are 3 DRS zones. 


Edited by ARTGP, 03 March 2024 - 14:35.


#11 mclarensmps

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 14:37

I am only excited by the prospects of where McLaren appear to be on a different track to what they consider to be "unfavourable"; but I don't care about the track, the country, or the overall race winner, because once again Max is too far ahead of everyone  :(



#12 RacingFan10

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 15:14

Both Jeddah and Melbourne will most likely be borefests but at least in Melbourne we will see a very good crowd with real fans



#13 JimmyClark

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 15:23

Honestly, it feels like round 24 of 2023 season. Melbourne will be the place where the season 2024 officially starts for me.

But yeah, probably going to witness more crashes than in Bahrain, but don't think racing is going to be any better. F2 might get frantic with red flags and whatnot. Not interested in F1 Academy at all, because watching 15 slow F4 cars is not my cup of tea. I would've preferred F3 with its 30-car-grid instead.


I don't think there were any crashes in F1 last year; they neutered all the challenging parts, and thus what's left is a couple of real corners, some chicanes and a load of wonky straights. So there's not much jeopardy from that side that might mix things up, nor from reliability it seems.

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 15:39

I like the circuit. Wish it was an evening race. Not much excited after Bahrain. But probably I will tune in for the qualifying and race.

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 16:28

Both Jeddah and Melbourne will most likely be borefests but at least in Melbourne we will see a very good crowd with real fans


If only we had some real racing for them

#16 Scotracer

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 16:42

I think a key one to add on the list is watching highlights only. I watched Bahrain highlights this morning as I had better things to do with my precious saturdays. I'm glad I didn't waste a day on that race. Likewise next weekend doing the same.



#17 AncientLurker

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 17:52

I have no interest in the F1 race. It is another dumb night race, correct? Seeing F2 run in the day in Bahrain looked so much better. Proper daytime racing, not some after dinner entertainment show.

Looking forward to see how the F2 race is here if they are running.

#18 1player

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 23:16

If it were set during the day it would not be more exciting.

#19 ClubmanGT

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 23:22

Look there's too many tick boxes here so put me down for F3, F2, some of the practice sessions (depending on whether my kid wants to watch Peppa Pig in the mornings) and the race highlights on YouTube. 

 

Or four fried chickens and a coke.

 

And some dry white bread. Toasted.



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#20 sanat

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Posted 03 March 2024 - 23:26

I have no particular interest in watching Formula 1 race in another petrodictatorship. Axing the Saudi race will only increase my interest in the 2024 season.



#21 Myrvold

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 01:47

Because it is an option in the poll.
Not going to watch it. Didnt in 2022 or 2023 either. Will read about it though. Travel through some FIA docs and so on.

#22 krapmeister

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 02:02

I will watch it Different track layout so potential for different car performances, though not really excited for it - I expect Max and Red Bull to comfortably win from pole...

#23 Ragamuffin

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 02:11

I hope it's a corker now, you miserable buggers.



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Posted 04 March 2024 - 02:57

More leaked Whats App Messages will be more exciting than this race IMO 



#25 Boxerevo

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 03:07

This year the focus will be F2 and MotoGP.

 

If i really don't have anything to do outside, i will watch Formula 1.

 

I had a lovely sunday, so i am glad that the race was saturday.


Edited by Boxerevo, 04 March 2024 - 03:07.


#26 Jops14

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 09:57

Planning on just watching quali. If Verstappen sticks it on pole i won’t bother with the race

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 10:53

Both are equally as uninteresting


The results on this surprise me a bit.

#28 KeithD68

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:04

Snoozefest wrapped in sport washing, perhaps better described as dog **** wrapped in cat ****



#29 pacificquay

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:06

Why would you not be excited?

 

It's a Grand Prix.

 

I love lots of motorsport, but F1 remains the only one capable of making you feel sick with nervous tension, physically shaking as the cars line up for the start.

 

Yes, this race is in a very questionable country, but that doesn't impact on me watching it on TV.



#30 PayasYouRace

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:28

That was the main thing that got me about Bahrain. I wasn’t feeling any butterflies as the cars lined up on the grid. There was no tension. I just didn’t feel like there was anything special about to happen.

#31 SenorSjon

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:31

Wonder how FIA will force morality on Horner while racing in such a country.



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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:32

That was the main thing that got me about Bahrain. I wasn’t feeling any butterflies as the cars lined up on the grid. There was no tension. I just didn’t feel like there was anything special about to happen.

 

There used to be a rule in F1 that it was forbidden to test on tracks in the month(?) before an event there. And look what we did! Barely a week between testing and race.



#33 Peat

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:32

Wasn't it a bit of a snoozer last year?



#34 PayasYouRace

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:36

There used to be a rule in F1 that it was forbidden to test on tracks in the month(?) before an event there. And look what we did! Barely a week between testing and race.


There have been many rules over the years about where and when you can test, and I feel like we’re far from the best set of rules.

#35 JimmyClark

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:45

I mean I'm excited because its an F1 race. It's the anticipation that you get one of F1's classics, which are rare but when they happen the adrenaline is like nothing else when watching sport. 

 

But at the same time, I come to Morgan Freeman in Shawshank: "Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane."



#36 Sash1

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:52

Too soon too much of the same.



#37 absinthedude

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 11:53

They should not be visiting Saudi Arabia at all. I shall not watch, as I have not done on previous occasions. 



#38 Desdirodeabike

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 13:19

Without attracting ire of the ladies and gentlemen from down under, Australia has never been an exciting track either. It's going to be a snoozefest until maybe Suzuka in early April, and only because of that overpowered DRS zone on the main straight.

Melbourne is a lot better after they removed the chicane on the back straight. A whole lot.



#39 Goron3

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 13:52

Really looking forward to this one. The layout is much more exciting and whereas Bahrain is just a racetrack with acres of run off, drivers are punished around Jeddah. They've done a great job with the camera work around here too - the final chicane always looks spectacular.

 

Keen to see how Mclaren get on. They've got great high speed performance compared to those around.

 

I know Red Bull have a tyre deg advantage but the Hard tyre around Jeddah is super consistent, so hopefully everyone is free to attack more.



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#40 lewislorenzo

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 15:15

Maybe Ferrari can win

#41 jonklug

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 15:20

Can't wait, love to have F1 back and I enjoy it regardless if my driver is dominating or not (enjoyed 2014-2020, never missed a race). 



#42 P123

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 15:27

That was the main thing that got me about Bahrain. I wasn’t feeling any butterflies as the cars lined up on the grid. There was no tension. I just didn’t feel like there was anything special about to happen.

 

I think that is down to the two by two nature they all head off in these days.  The starts are perfected.  A disaster is losing one position.  It's all very sanitised.  Been like that for well over a decade now.



#43 PayasYouRace

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 15:45

I think that is down to the two by two nature they all head off in these days. The starts are perfected. A disaster is losing one position. It's all very sanitised. Been like that for well over a decade now.


Well I haven’t been feeling that for a decade so that can’t be it. I think it’s just how similar it all is to last year.

#44 Myrvold

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 17:13

Why would you not be excited?

 

Yes, this race is in a very questionable country, but that doesn't impact on me watching it on TV.

 

Saudi Arabia.

 

The only thing I can do, that in the grand scheme doesn't to diddly squat, but still, is the only "impact" I can have on F1 in Saudi... Not watch it.



#45 DW46

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 17:15

Saudi Arabia.

The only thing I can do, that in the grand scheme doesn't to diddly squat, but still, is the only "impact" I can have on F1 in Saudi... Not watch it.


Saudi and Qatar on my to miss list each year.

#46 masa90

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 17:42

The sport is struggling and hard. All the shitshow around the sport, yet nothing going on in the tracks. Especially with amazing level of overexposure will just make the downfall seem even greater. Not looking forward to the race at all, but I guess I will look at the race. But yeah I feel like the downward spiral is getting steeper.



#47 Dalton007

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 17:51

I hope it's a corker now, you miserable buggers.

 

Yeah, I think it will be. Something will kick off... it's a dangerous track...



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Posted 04 March 2024 - 18:14

Yeah, I think it will be. Something will kick off... it's a dangerous track...


Every year someone says this, and it never really happens. The first year was a bit dodgy at times, but all the problematic areas have been neutered.

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 20:19

Yeah, I think it will be. Something will kick off... it's a dangerous track...

 

Mick tested it and walked away.

 

There are no dangerous tracks with these cars.



#50 Myrvold

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 23:58

There are no dangerous tracks with these cars.

 

We said in 2020 as well.

 

And as seen in rally with Craig Breen last year, it doesn't have to go fast for it to be dangerous.

 

Though, I guess the biggest risk in Saudi is that the anti-air systems fail to detect an incoming missile.