F1 Istanbul

Now, now. �The all time most boring sports ever� list goes like this:

1.Golf
2.Baseball
3.American football
4.Snooker
5.Formula 1

And this blog will be about no 5: Formula 1.

Why do i write a blog about it, if it�s that boring? Because it�s coming to İstanbul and because it�s a nice example of what you can do with marketing
strategies.

Ok so what�s the appeal of F1, fast cars right? Right, but how can you say that a car is fast when you see it on tv with nothing else to compare. Yes, every now and then two cars come real close in the race but lets face it, all you see is two cars going at almost the same pace. Apart from the little sign which says “215 kmp/h� down on your screen there is no way to say how fast they are.

They could be racing at 60 kmp/h for all i know. So long for fast cars eh?

So maybe you like seeing weird shaped hyper-aerodynamic cars passing eachother, i got news for you mate, it only happens 5 or 6 times every race and it doesn�t really happen between any flashy teams. Suckers get passed and we all smile, thinking what a great guy Michael Schumacher is. By the way he�s probably the best driver in the history but there is really really no way to tell it since his car is always way better than the others.

But then they say that a billion viewers are watching every GP from their tv�s and there are another 100 thousand on the stands (haha, stands, that�s another funny idea, they pay 50 euros to see car passing by so fast that you can�t say which one it is). I don�t want to analyze the marketing strategies and stuff(and i don�t think i�d be able to do it too) but there is definetly something wrong with it. The single most unwatchable sport, being the most watched sport ever.

Anyway if you are still interested F1 İstanbul Grand Prix will be here on August, 21st.

Please come to Turkey, stay at a hotel, buy the ticket and make us rich.

4 Comments so far

  1. hack (unregistered) on December 16th, 2004 @ 5:13 am

    My my — American football is a fine sport, often thrilling — except to those who don’t understand it. If you appreciate sporting drama, it’s worth your time, my friend…


  2. crackerjack (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2005 @ 1:41 pm

    and if you think that F1 will make Turkey rich you haven’t understood half of the sports-business.


  3. Lisa (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 5:30 am

    Snooker has to be #1. And the tournament is on television for days without end. I can’t believe the camera people don’t just die of boredom.


  4. Too Manx (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 12:23 am

    Now that the time is near and the level of excitement is quickly rising, you may want to revise that list. If you have followed this season you will now know that the sport is no longer dominated by one remarkable drive/car combination. You can see that there are more than back-markers being passed. You will have witnessed the politics and infighting, the famous and infamous that wish to be seen next to grid girls. Those sensitive to such things will realize this season has offered history in the form of three quarters of the field withdrawing from the start of a world-class sporting event before an audience of many millions. Still to come; possibly the youngest champion in over 50 years of competition and the sport’s most dominate figure poised to break one last record – in Turkey! Boredom is where you find it, my friend; I see none in Istanbul August 19, 20 & 21. Trust me, its worth the price of admission when the F1 circus come to town.



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