There are lots of sports that are played right across the world, and while everyone has their favorite, F1 has got to be one of the best sports! F1 has been around for a long time, and recently, with the help of the Netflix series, Drive to Survive, the popularity of F1 has grown exponentially.
So, what makes F1 so interesting, and gets fans up and glued to their screens every race Sunday? Well, there are lots of things! Have a read on below to find out what some of them are:
1. Biggest and Best
It’s called F1 for a reason! There are motor sports, and then there is F1. A lot of other forms of motor sport are just support acts to the main thing, which is F1. These days, you see a lot of drivers going through the ranks of F3, F2 etc. in the hope they will one day make it to the main show. There are very limited spots in an F1, usually only around 20, which means you have to be the best of the best if you want a drive in an F1 car. This leads us on to our next point.
2. Talent and Rivalry
There are the most talented and elite drivers from right around the world. F1 is a world wide sport and there are events held in multiple countries each season, which is good for you because there is likely a F1 event in your country, or in a country near you. When you have that much talent all on the track at the same time, you are bound to get massive rivalries.
There is always a rivalry in F1, no matter how far back in history you go. More recently, in the 2021 season, we are witnessing the tightest battle of all for the World Championship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. As this blog post was written before the end of the 2021 season, we still don’t know who has won the World Championship, but it only takes a look back at some of the races this past season to see just how deep this particular rivalry goes.
3. Racing Tracks
F1 races at some of the most brilliant and beautiful tracks in the world. Anything from Monaco to Spa, and everything in between. In any given season you will see all sorts of tracks being used, from street circuits to strictly race tracks, from long straights to multiple sharp corners, there is everything you could ever need.
F1 is steeped in history, there are multiple movies and documentaries made about F1 in general and past F1 drives. Probably one of the most recent documentaries is the Netflix, Schumacher, which followed the life of past F1 driver Michael Schumacher, and his rise to one of the greatest, if not the greatest, F1 drivers of all time. When you look back at the history of other motorsports, none can really hold a candle to F1.
5. Quality Racing
Watching F1 is actually interesting, and there are heaps of moving parts in each race. This season in particular has been extremely interesting, mainly due to the fact that the World Championship title is so close and will likely go down to the very last race, but the mid-field is very close and there are so many overtakes to watch. Also, you throw in a wet weather race day, and things just come alive, you get to see just how brave and skilled the drivers are.
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