We have no season long chess game though, the winner is already known, no one can catch them thnx to restrictions + bad concept ( Merc ) and the next few are just swapping every now and then after upgrades.. only ones doing good are the RedBull copys, which highlights how bad the regs are that only 1 concept seems to work.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Thu Sep 28, 2023 11:25 amI do wonder if some of the blip was the DTS crowd, etc., who having seen the "exciting stuff" in the DTS shows realised that day-to-day F1 isn't like that at all, and they've become bored and moved on to the next "exciting must-see thing".organic wrote: ↑Thu Sep 28, 2023 10:54 amReally interesting and nice to have some figures on it. Backs up my feelings regarding how it's mentioned less and there's just less conversation generallyJust_a_fan wrote: ↑Thu Sep 28, 2023 10:24 amF1's social media reach is taking a hit.
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/form ... /10526241/
I hope this doesn't result in the FIA / LM coming up with more daft ideas to try to drag in fans.
The critical part of the report for me however is regarding trends. It's not damning for the sport or its direction but more that the one team dominance / lack of competition causes this drop in interest. Perhaps a nod to Tombazis should be made for sweeping changes in 2025
The Buzz Radar report states the cause of such a drop off is simply single-team domination, with Red Bull having won all but two races over the past 12 months.
It believes that there is a direct correlation between the closeness of an F1 title fight and how much that entices fans to get engaged – as F1 last had such a drop-off in 2018 when Lewis Hamilton roared to the title.
“2016 was the most talked about season, until 2021, despite all the contributory factors of the Liberty takeover, Drive to Survive, and lockdown, because [Nico] Rosberg and Hamilton were battling closely,” it noted.
F1 is not, typically, like 2021. Yes, there are times when there is a close season but on the whole it's generally much more season-long chess game stuff. And if you're not interested in the nuances of the sport (having arrived for the "OMG, so exciting!" highlights) then you're going to get bored and move on.
As fans, most of us have been following F1 for decades (from the mid 80s for me, for example) and so the season-long chess game is second nature. Yes, even we can get bored at times, but we know that stuff changes and so we stick with it. If you're a newcomer and thought that every season is like 2021, you're going to be disappointed.
Also.. the FIA are turning people away with what seems like it favours just 1 team and driver, after 21, and with Redbull dominance you would think they would find any excuse to punish RedBull, but yet they cant even buy a grid drop for impeding 3 times in a q session.........
F1 has an integrity problem.