- Nov 1, 2016
The recent talks about a possible Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix (or would it be 'Eastern USA Grand Prix' if they kept COTA on the roster?) got me thinking about the possibility of attending the race if it comes to fruition, since it's in close proximity to where I live. I'm from an area of the world where motor racing (i.e. legal races) is not a big thing...so I've never had a chance to see a race in person. Thinking it through however got me wondering: "Would I enjoy it as much?"
On one hand, being used to watching races televised, I've gotten used to seeing all the action up close from different angles, being able to monitor the stats of each driver, seeing what happens in the pits, and so on. I keep wondering if it'll be less entertaining to watch a race where you can't see the entire track from your viewpoint. I'm referring mostly to Road courses and Street circuits, as I'd imagine you have a pretty decent view of everything on an Oval course. Looking at the locations of the grandstands and other spectator areas in most, if not all races I've viewed on TV, you get a view of not a whole lot of the entire track.
On the other hand, you do get to see, and probably more important, hear what these amazing pieces of engineering sound like, in ways that recorded formats may never do justice. As amazing as V-12 and V-10 Formula 1 cars sound on tape for example, I can only imagine how brutal they must have sounded like in person. Not to mention the added social benefits of experiencing something you love with like-minded friends and family.
So, for those of you more experienced spectators: what are your thoughts of the live racing experience? Do you enjoy it more in person or televised/streamed?