Which is the better motor sport?
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F1 has improved a little over the past two or three seasons, as changes have been made to deliberately limit the technology and create a more level competition.
But its still the case that, basically, whoever gets to the first corner first is going to control the race. Unless there is bad weather, or someone mucks up a pit stop, there is very little chance to overtake. In fact, some of the tracks (Monaco being an obvious case in point) have nowhere to overtake - unless you can get past whilst another car is in the pits
By contrast NASCAR has numerous overtaking, and with very similar cars the emphasis is on driver skill not just who happens to have enough sponsors to get a seat in one of the few cars that are always at the front. Even as a UK resident, I'd rather watch NASCAR on TV. It always seems to have more excitement, and more interest. In fact, I'd like to make a trip over to see something like the Daytona 500 live, it looks totally awesome
I personally prefer NASCAR to Formula One. While the F1 definitely go faster, I like the rough "rubbin's racing" mentality of the NASCAR drivers and find the sport to be much more entertaining. F1 seems to me to be very elitist and doesn't seem to have the mass appeal in the US as it does in other countries. Besides, the mullets at NASCAR races are incomparable.
Side: Rubbin's Racing
Demolition derbies, WRC, Monster truck racing, Baja... Those are all destructive forms of racing, why not follow those if you are looking for wrecks? I mean, if you're less interested in talent and more interested in the lack of it... Why not something like that?
The speed channel shows every grand prix in the season, if you have access to that, there you go. The names are only hard to pronounce if you don't even know how to speak english well. I'm not saying faster is better, the competition is better.
The "better" aspect of F1 racing is that the cars race at high speeds (360 km/h or 225 mph). The cars are capable of pulling up to 5g in some corners.
Formula One indicates that it is intended to be the most advanced and most competitive of the FIA's racing formulae.
Formula Racing Redux (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: F1 is faster
0-62 mph in.... 2 sec
0-124 mph in.. 3.9 sec
0-186mph...... 8.6 sec
1.25g's on acceleration up to about 124mph
Usually around 4g's, but in extremes can be 5-6g's. At speeds above 90mph, the down force produced by the car is responsible for 1g when not accelerating.
Drivers have said many times that braking hard enough will pull tears out of their eyes and sweat from their face, which obstructs their view through the visor on their helmets.
Even without slick tires (which were banned by the FIA to limit cornering traction), the cars can hold with 5-6g's because of the aerodynamics.
On turn 8 at the Istanbul Park, a 190° relatively tight 4-apex corner, in which the cars maintain speeds between 265 km/h (165 mph) and 285 km/h (in 2006) and experience between 4.5g and 5.5g for 7 seconds .
How is that not the most awesomist sh*t you've ever heard?
Formula 1 is commonly known as the pinnacle of motorsports, but in America it's hard to find anyone who cares about it. IMHO Nascar is only good for one thing, endurance, and even then there are better sports out there to test endurance... no one cares. It's all about NASCAR and it makes no sense to me. This is the reason I started this debate. I want to know why people love this sport so much, or at least to find out if there are more people out there in America who find Formula 1 to be the better motorsport. I live in Bakersfield Ca, which is a big place for NASCAR, so I may only see so many NASCAR freaks because of this.
I love the complexity of F1, and the evolution of the sport is something that I rarely see, especially at such a quick pace, in any other motorsport.
Also, I like watching races to see all of the creative competition involved with it, not to see wrecks... I don't understand why anyone would watch a race to see wrecks, there's something out there for that and it's called a demolition derby.