Mass Dampners For the Soul

There does seem to be a habit among formula one pundits to extrapolate in extremis. I personally think that the murray quote, “anything can happen in formula one, and it usually does” is completely correct. In other words, each race nothing can be expected except something unexpected. And while all of us sensible folk at SofaF1 are taking things as they come some pundits have decided based on this one race that they have seen the future, and that the future is boring. Basically the argument runs like this:

The Ferrari is over a second a lap faster and Kimi and Massa don’t talk to me about Massa, I know last week I told you he was going to be world champion by stupidly extrapolating off of the winter testing but everyone knows that winter testing doesn’t mean anything. What really counts is one race which when you stupidly extrapolate it makes you realise that Kimi is going to walk it. And despite the title of last weeks article being, “the most exciting season evah” I’m now ready to say that this will be the most boring formula one season since 1949 when there weren’t even any races. Oh and Lewis Hamilton’s the next Schumacher but if he puts a foot wrong between now and the end of his career then I told you he was rubbish.

Yes they seem to be writing that kind of thing. And I just don’t understand it. If Ferrari walk it then what does that mean for Alonso’s decision to jump ship. Could he have held it together at Renault? What will this do to Kimi? Was Michael right to have quit last year when this years car is so good? Do Ferrari actually need Ross Brawn back? And that’s only if Ferrari walk it which is far from certain. They won a race but one of their cars had reliability problems. McLaren are coming from a winless season and are accelerating towards the front. And… the list goes on and on.

These paid journalists who complain about how the sport is boring are a cancer on our sport. If they find Formula One boring, then watch something else, or at the very least stop writing about it.

[Edited to make it clear who is a cancer, not all journalists, just ones who complain about how Formula 1 is boring.]

About Alex Andronov

Alex Andronov is a writer who lives in the UK. He is currently working on 7 novels, 5 film scripts, 2 plays, 2 TV series, 1 history of the United States, 1 travelogue and trying to find some focus.
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