Jalopnik: Obsessed With The Cult Of Cars
sharkd 12:49 PM
Here's the breakdown:
1. It's boring. Last year aside, very few Formula 1 races have featured passing for position after the first lap. Sure, for those of us who are real racing geeks, car setup and pit strategy can be interesting, but the other 99% of the population couldn't care less.
2. Live broadcasts at 4am EST suck. Face it, no one wants to get up at the crack of dawn to watch a boring (see: point 1) race that starts at 4am and is over by 5:30am. On a Sunday. If we were out drinking the night before, it's doubtful that we'll even remember that the race is on until we stumble out of bed at 11am.
3. Domestic manufacturers, or lack thereof. The total lack of U.S.-produced cars or engines (the new U.S. F1 team aside) means that we have very zero National stake in the race. Not that there's that much variation in Americans' series of choice, as the Car of Tomorrow has watered-down the already thin link between NASCAR's "stock" racers and their showroom look-alikes.
4. U.S. drivers can't turn right, apparently. The near-total lack of American drivers, even as test drivers, also contributes to the lack of National interest. The Spaniards and the Brazilians might not make cars/engines, but they can root for the 'home team' when they get behind Alonso or Barrichello.
5. The USGP, or lack thereof. Americans, like most nationalities, like to picture themselves at the center of the universe. The off-again/on-, er.. off-again history of the U.S. Grand Prix hasn't exactly instilled F1 in the hearts and minds of the population on this side of the pond. Coupled with being treated like a red-headed stepchild (or to quote Rep. Tony Weiner, "a rented mule") whenever the race has been held, there's no love lost between American race fans and F1 organizers.
6. The Simpsons did it. Americans love car carnage. (And the films of Michael Bay.) It's the reason we go to the track, well, that and t-shirt bazookas. F1's ultra-safe cars, small race fields and the lack of rubbin' (because fender-to-fender is difficult when you don't have fenders) makes for (you guessed it), boring racing, insofar as the absence of bone-shattering, neck snapping, tire-flinging, car flipping carnage.