Dear Chase, Where's the 1000 race party?
Less Celebration, More of a Wake
For over a year, there has been a count-down to the massive milestone that is 1000 F1 championship events. Visible at every race has been the big countdown ending last Sunday in the Chinese Grand Prix 2019, Race 1000.
The chaps at Liberty did attempt to move the British GP to April to try and complete the symmetry of 1st and 1000th race at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire England. However someone must have had a word in Chase's shell-like to remind of last time Bernie tried to run the British GP in April.
Alas Liberty were stuck with making the most of trying to celebrate this milestone at the Chinese grand prix, one of the more successful 'new-style' tracks it must be said, with some good past races and lots of overtaking thanks to the mammoth 1.2km back straight.
However race day approached and passed without much 'razzamatazz', no fireworks, no big presentations, nothing.. It feels like an opportunity was missed. Where are all of the past champions? Where are all of the demo runs in past great cars? Where was the music and the party at? Surely if ever there was a good chance to bring back a Michael Buffer style introduction then this would be it?
Chase has been telling us since Liberty purchased F1 that the focus was on creating entertainment, making more out of the brand. If this is the evidence of that, then its completely forgettable and liberty have failed.
Whilst the race wasn't a classic (something that can never be guaranteed - you have boring nil-nil draws in football too right?) everything surrounded it should have been big, brash and exciting. But in truth it was just flat, dead, dull