“Perception is 9/10’s of the law.”
Formula 1 can never seem to catch a fair break when it comes to the way it’s perceived. By fans of sport in general, to even how it’s presented to its own audience, and after a lacklustre Canadian GP, fans and pundits alike, took to the Internet to take potshots at how modern F1 is at the moment, and more specifically, elements like the “lifting and coasting” that Mercedes had to implement in the latter stages of the GP, and the current state of tyre management.
Now, I’m not naive as a reasonably intelligent Formula 1 fan, the sport may have over 400 million fans worldwide, but in the eyes of many, it’ll always be a non-sport with guys just going around a circuit over and over again. As much as any sport can be boiled down to a mundane activity, like hitting a ball 300 yards with a metal stick, when your own fans are complaining about how your sport is presented, you have an issue. But is it justified? And how do we get around such a problem?
See, this is another perceived vocal point with Formula 1 in general – It’s most audible prominent factor, the fans, have no idea what they want out of their own sport half the time. Jacques Villeneuve spoke out about this recently, claiming that asking the fans for what they want in F1 could be dangerous, and as much as he’s the Internet’s whipping boy, I mean, he does play