The catch-up blog: Barcelona, Monaco and boredom!

First off, apologies for the lack of updates – I was on holiday and then when we got back I was poorly (ahhh!) and work and other things have been really hectic, so yeah, sorry!

OK, that over with, what’s been going on in Formula 1? Well, to start with I found the Spanish Grand Prix from last week to be the most boring race I have ever seen, and this is coming from someone who wasn’t bored during the Bahrain Grand Prix from, earlier in the season. To make matters worse, Lewis Hamilton has the tyre/wheel problem on the penultimate lap which saw him crash out, and with it the opportunity to go second in the Championship. Instead of being just a few points behind then leader Jenson Button, he was left floundering 21 points behind his team mate.

Fast forward a week and while qualifying was a lot of fun, it seemed that Lewis and Jenson were really struggling to get anything out of the car, which was reflected in the qualifying positions of 5th (Lewis) and 8th (Jenson). The race saw Jenson retire from an over-heated car during the first couple of laps under safety car conditions – something about a bung left in!? Lewis went on to keep his 5th place, but never looked like he would have troubled Felipe Massa even if over-taking was possible.

Confession time – I don’t get the Monaco Grand Prix! Sure it’s a spectacular location but it’s somewhat of a procession, and doesn’t seem to provide much in the way of action, at least from my limited experience of watching races from there. This week’s race, for example, was pretty dull, and the only thing of interest was seeing how much of a lead Mark Weber could build up after each session of safety car racing. Please, can someone explain to me why the Monaco race is so revered?

I’m hoping that we see some interesting races over the next few weeks and months, because these last 2 races have all but destroyed my enthusiasm. I have no doubt I’ll bounce back with my usual exuberance once we see some action, and with it lots of blog updates and discussion. Till then, fill me in on the Monaco love and let me know what you thought of the last 2 races.

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Filed under Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Weber, Monaco, Spanish

2 responses to “The catch-up blog: Barcelona, Monaco and boredom!

  1. Dani

    Totally agree with you there. Wasn’t interesting at all. Let’s hope the races to come can bring back our enthusiasm.

  2. Have to agree as a race for the viewer it is very processional. I think however there is no more exciting in car camera lap to watch than that at Monaco, and the shot of the cars flicking through the entry chicane of “La Piscine” is sensational!

    Why is it so revered?… I think by the drivers simply because they see the track as the biggest challenge in F1. By the teams and sponsor because of the glitz, glamour, history and prestige of the location and race. By the trackside spectator, there is no where you can get closer to the cars and truly appreciate the speed. But for the TV Viewer, yep its pretty damn boring to watch.

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