How To Watch Formula 1

Motor sport can be defined in one word.  Race.  It’s a race!  The goal is to cross the finish line first, before everybody else.

Memorize that booty

Have you ever seen a hot girl and wanted to memorize her booty so you could think about it later?  That’s how you have to feel about the race track.  You have to memorize every turn so you know where the cars are at any given moment.  Imagine if you didn’t know what shape the football field was or what shape the basketball court was.  In these sports, it’s easy to memorize that booty.  It’s just a big rectangle.  But in motor sport, it gets tricky trying to memorize every turn.  It amazes me how many people try to watch motor sport without memorizing that booty.

Watch the qualifying session primarily to memorize the race course.  Of course qualifying session gets exciting when you keep track of what times the drivers are setting.  But the main purpose of qualifying is to memorize that booty.

Watch the start of the race many times

Watch it in slow motion even.  The most exciting part of the race is the very beginning when it is very easy for cars to pass just on the speed of the car.  At first, just keep your eyes on the race leader.  Watch the car in pole position (the car that starts off at first place) and see if they stay in the lead or if they fall behind.  Once you made it to the first turn and have an idea of what the race leader did, rewind and start paying attention to the next few cars.  If this is hard just focus on one car at a time.  By the time you’ve watched the start of the race enough, they will show replays of the start from different angles.  Watch these over and over too.

You’ve completed this step when you can visualize every single car coming into the first turn and what place they’re in.  This, of course, means that you’ve made yourself familiar with all the cars and drivers.

Watch the passes

A pass in Formula 1 is equivalent to a touchdown in football.  Most people rewind on their DVRs to get a second look in slow motion.  Enjoy these!

If it gets boring, fast forward

If you don’t see the point of following the cars as they get closer and closer to the car in front of them then just fast forward and stop when you see a pass.

Additional tip

Imagine trying to watch a basketball game without ever knowing the score.  Make sure you look at the score in motor sport!  They will list the cars in the order of the place they’re in and they will show how many seconds a certain car is behind another car.  Pay attention to these times and places!  This is the score in motor sport.

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