Racing on TV

Car Racing, Barcelona, Formula 1

The global reach of television has given motor racing fans a chance to look at both the classic European-based Formula One competition in addition to the Indy series long common in the united states. Formula One racing has always been on paths that include the majority of the characteristics of normal motor streets, especially tight bends and moderate slopes, whereas Indy racing was for several years restricted to special race tracks shaped in an oval with banked curves at each end. Since 2005, however, Indy racing has included some events on street and road courses and these have come to predominate only about one-third of races currently happening on oval tracks. In this regard, both motor sports appear to have become more alike, but the comparison between Formula One and Indy racing around the oval track stays.

From a European standpoint, sport in the united states in general appears to tend to the rapid and spectacular, whereas Europeans, the British especially, take more interest in more slower competitions with intermittent action. The comparison is perhaps most stark when comparing baseball . So it appears to be with motor racing, with the oval track in the united states allowing constant near all-out rate, and the tight curves and chicanes of Formula One bringing the cars nearly to break, as, as an instance, in the Monaco Grand Prix event held yearly around the narrow streets of the principality.

Indy racing on the oval track surely presents a special spectacle. The wide track enables several cars to race side-by-side and there’s tons of opportunity for overtaking. With the motorists maintaining almost flat-rate rate, the race depends basically on motor power. Everything looks very dangerous, and this no doubt is the heart of its appeal. Crashes, when they happen, often involve a number of vehicles and are occasionally terrible. Fortunately, with modern security features, fatalities and serious injuries are considerably reduced and this is an improvement shared by Formula One.

Only at the beginning of the race can all of the cars be viewed together. Without a continuous comment it’s impossible to know who’s winning, as passing cars are soon found to be on different laps of the race. And whereas on the oval track the race leader is nearly always in view, in Formula One of the tv cameras appear to ignore the top car and focus instead on closely fought battles for fourth position or ninth place in the hope of documenting a rare overtaking. For people who want shear spectacle on TV there’s nothing to compare to the oval track.

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