…that nation, of course, being the United States when it comes to the Snooze Fest known as Formula 1, who have just announced the new F1 calendar for the 2020 season.
Twenty-two races (up from twenty), with seven back-to-back weekend races (F1 Grand Prix are usually spaced two weekends apart)… as one comedian noted in the comments: just more races not to watch.
And Hanoi? WTF were they thinking? F1 couldn’t even get the South Korean Grand Prix to break even, and that’s in a Third World country that isn’t a post-Communist shithole.
I had to laugh when I read another comment which suggested Johannesburg’s Kyalami track. The main reason that F1 doesn’t go to South Africa anymore is that it would be the only venue where the cars could be carjacked during the race itself. (That said, Kyalami is a brilliant track — I saw the late Niki Lauda win there, back when the teams were racing Fred Flintstone cars, comparatively speaking. But the races were still more exciting than today’s.)
That said, I’m starting to lose enthusiasm for my lifelong passion — and if I can lose it, a lot more people aren’t going to take it on.
Sic semper res taedia.