Will you watch all 30 races in Formula 1’s longest-ever season?

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The Formula 1 calendar has inflated dramatically in size and scope since the world championship began back in 1950.

That inaugural season featured only seven rounds. The seventh event on the 2024 F1 calendar takes place on May 19th, with more than two-thirds of the season still remaining.

From fewer than ten rounds back in the fifties and early sixties to sixteen rounds throughout the eighties and nineties, now Formula 1’s ten teams and 20 drivers face the most intensive world championship season ever.

Fittingly enough, the ’24 schedule includes 24 grand prix weekends. With the return of the Chinese Grand Prix to the schedule in late April, and hopefully no repeat of the catastrophic weather which prevented last year’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix going ahead, this will be the most grands prix ever held in a single season.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2019
F1 will return to Shanghai – for two races
Plus, with the return of six sprint rounds for 2024, F1’s drivers will race on 30 separate occasions this year.

F1 owners Liberty Media have made a concerted effort to grow the calendar as much as possible. With every grand prix generating more revenue for the sport, it’s in the commercial interests of its owners, the FIA and the ten teams to race as often as their own regulations allow.

But is it in the best interests of the fans who watch the races, on television and in person?

Two years ago, RaceFans asked our readers how many of the 23 planned rounds for the upcoming 2022 championship you planned to watch – before the cancellation of that year’s Chinese Grand Prix. Three-quarters of you – exactly 75% – said you planned to watch every grand prix over the year, whether it was live, replay or highlights.

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It was a different matter when it came to sprint races, however. With six sprint rounds proposed for the first time for 2022, but only three actually being held that season, only 68% of you said you planned to watch all six Saturday sprint races, with almost one-in-five of you telling RaceFans you had no plans to watch any of them.

Ahead of Formula 1’s longest season, it is the perfect time to revisit last year’s championship and ask how many of the 22 rounds and six sprint races you actually watched, and find out what your intentions are for the 30 total races that will take place over 2024.

As ever, please count not only the races you watched or plan to watch live but those you watched or intend to watch either on-demand, recorded or through highlights broadcast in your region.

2023: How many races DID you watch?

How many grands prix did you watch over the 2023 season (live or highlights)?

  • All 22 (65%)
  • 15-21 (27%)
  • 8-14 (5%)
  • 1-7 (2%)
  • I did not watch any grands prix in 2023 (1%)

Total Voters: 203

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How many sprint races did you watch over the 2023 season (live or highlights)?

  • All six (52%)
  • 5 (4%)
  • 4 (8%)
  • 3 (9%)
  • 2 (9%)
  • 1 (5%)
  • I did not watch any sprint races in 2023 (13%)

Total Voters: 203

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2024: How many races WILL you watch?

How many grands prix do you intend to watch this season (live or highlights)?

  • All 24 (69%)
  • 17-23 (23%)
  • 9-16 (5%)
  • 1-8 (1%)
  • I do not intend to watch any grands prix this season (2%)

Total Voters: 201

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How many proposed sprint races do you intend to watch this season (live or highlights)?

  • All six (56%)
  • 5 (3%)
  • 4 (5%)
  • 3 (9%)
  • 2 (6%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • I do not intend to watch any sprint races this season (22%)

Total Voters: 199

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81 comments on “Will you watch all 30 races in Formula 1’s longest-ever season?”

  1. It’ll depend on how lucky I get with work and if the season actually is interesting.

    Sprint races I won’t watch but the actual GPs I think I’ll probably watch between 18 to 20 or something. Late in the night or early in the morning — just not invested that much in F1 unless there’s a title fight to watch it.

    1. Same here. Never watch Sprints and watching the races depend on how lucky I get vs other things in life. Last season I couldn’t watch half of the races (live). Would have wanted, but it simply doesn’t fit. Its adds nothing to add races to a season, other than the real reason: more revenue for Liberty.

    2. I must say that since i have the F1TV subscription, it’s been far more relaxed. When I feel like it and have the time (especially true for eary sunday races for me, watching it before “live” gets started and sunday evening, after dinner watching, sometimes with a slight delay) i watch live.

      Other times i watch later – sunday evening, sometimes during the week. Qualifying is also mostly a delayed watch for me (often on saturday evening, or just ahead of the race).

    3. 24 weekends and 6 sprints? Way too make F1 feel like NASCAR or Starbucks locations.

  2. If the definition includes watching the highlights package, then I will be watching every race.

    If it is watching live, or the full race, it is likely to be around the 10-12 range. Less than that if it is another season with a dominant driver.

    It’s mostly a matter of timezone for me. Being in Australia, a bunch of races are on at an inconvenient time. In particular, the races in the Americas, the night races in the Middle East and some of the races at the height of summer in Europe that start an hour later. Races starting at midnight on Monday morning, or at 3-4am are just not possible for me to watch and maintain a full time job.

    The highlights package is an absolute gamechanger for me. I watch it while having my morning coffee on Monday morning.

    1. You’re lucky viewing live is even an option :)

  3. I’ll watch all 24 grands prix, and all 24 qualifying sessions. Getting them all live will probably be beyond me, especially for the ones at suboptimal times for my region, but I won’t miss any. It’s a huge time commitment but I feel like I still have my addiction to F1, so I can’t see me missing any voluntarily.

    Sprints… I tend to see the Saturday of sprint weekends as ‘time off’ from F1, and I won’t watch any live sessions (and definitely no sprint qualifyings). I normally stick the recording of the sprint race on late at night before bed if I have nothing else to do, but part of me wants to ignore the sprint entirely. Now it has no bearing on the main event, all a sprint really does is give me a spoiler for how the proper race will go. I have to balance my dislike of that against my appreciation of watching F1 cars racing, which is lessened when they’re only doing a too-short sprint race.

  4. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    14th January 2024, 12:54

    I’ll watch all the real races (often recorded for convenience) but hard so say on the sprints. It will be a casual commitment.

  5. Regarding the sprints, hopefully FIA will move them to Fridays and normal Qualifying back on every Saturday as it is rumored… that way I could easily just ignore all the sprints and focus only on the sessions I actually enjoy. Also if the sprints are on Fridays, they’ll affect less the actual race, as between Friday and Sunday, the teams will have more time and knowledge to adjust their setups and not see a repeat of the sprints in the races.

    Regarding how many races.. with so so many races, it all depends on whether there is a title fight. Don’t get me wrong, I’d gladly watch all races in a season even if it’s a dominant one – I used to do that during Vettel’s and Hamilton’s dominations, because even during those, you could find some interesting battles to enjoy. Hell, the 2020 season even though it was Hamilton at his most dominant, it was a treat for me… only 17 grand prix, races in some great old school and newer interesting tracks (Mugello, Imola, Algarve, Nurburgring, Istanbul, Sakhir ‘oval’). But with the calendar oversaturated with so many GPs now, if there is a dominant season again, I would be that upset if I miss the occasional Jeddah, Miami, Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi…

  6. Purely highlights always.

    1. I’ve been doing the same for a while, probably every since they started the actual highlights rather than the music video ones.

      Had a subscription to F1TV in 2022 but didn’t watch live that often, so cancelled before the renewal in 2023 when all signs pointed to a boring season. With the big price hike on F1TV, it’s unlikely I’ll subscribe again even if the first races look promising.

      1. Where are you watching from? And how much does it cost / month? I am in France and it costs 8€ / month, which I find alright. Especially with F3 and F2 included now and the old races archives. But I’m lucky I was subscribed when a month or so ago they decided to ban any new users to subscribe to F1TV Pro here in France. Only those who were already subscribed actively and paying are allowed to continue using it now… The others have to subscribe to Canal+ now which is way more expensive and has less functionality..

  7. Watched five last year (bailed after the first two but returned for Spa, Suzuka and Interlagos). Still read about each race though.

    Not sure if I should I watch the first couple of F1 races and then bail if the racing is bad, or just read about those first couple of races and start watching some rounds in if the racing is good. Definitely watching WEC and IMSA. I do enjoy NASCAR road courses also now the road courses do not have competition cautions.

  8. I’ve watched every race and sprint including qualifying. Almost all live but sometimes later in the evening due to family obligations. Same planned for this year. Except if they introduce the reverse qualifying spint I will stop with the sprintraces and maybe stop watching F1 in general If the balance switches from sport to entertainment.

  9. More events, more ad revenue. That’s the only thing this is about. Sad state of affairs.

    1. naked cash grab

    2. Yes, that’s it. Not a decision nor direction from sports perspective. Just plain old greed.

    3. The teams don’t want more races. The drivers don’t want more races. The racefans don’t want more races. Yet, it will happen because Liberty wants more races.

      1. But teams do want a lot of events, because that quantity also determines how much money they are paid.
        Don’t pin this all on Liberty – the teams are just as responsible for this as Liberty are.

        Drivers and viewers also share diversity of opinion – some want less, some want more, some are content with the quantity as it is.

        While it is definitely greed, it’s quite simply because F1 is a business – indeed an industry – and it exists in the public domain primarily to make profit.

  10. 1. Not watching sprints.
    2. Watching all races as long as there’s no domination. As soon as someone starts winning all races, the season’s over for me.

    I’ve watched all races since beginning 1996, but lately it has become unbearable.

    1. Same here, although my daughter enjoys it, I tend to check “Rate the Race” on here first before investing 2hours in it.

    2. Yes, was thinking the same, there’s been a point in 2020 where I just decided to watch the monza highlights as I was tired of merc winning everything, and I immediately saw something like hamilton 12th (not end result, but probably where he had to recover from after the stop and go) and gasly won, so I watched it fully and got back to watching.

      I also intend to watch all races, but if we’re in for a repeat of 2023 I might stop, I mean, it takes a few hours to watch quali + race + sprint, and I can do without if I already know who wins and that it’s not even close.

    3. I would say in general F1 is not the sport for anyone that watches to see a battle for the season winner. You have to be interested in the entire field. 4 Years of Seb, 8 years of Mercedes have taught us that. Max is in 2 now, so that is not that bad yet…. if 2024 brings more tension.. but I doubt it.

      I personally lived through the Seb years and 2014-2022 by disregarding (Seb&) the Mercedes drivers in Race weekends (just regard them to be racing in another category, like the different tiers they have during for example 24hLeMans). Then you actually have a real nice battle to watch and lots of nice personalities fighting for the victories.

  11. I enjoy watching the races, and (on average) I enjoy watching sprints when more, as you tend to have a slightly more shuffled grid and people pushing to overtake on a schedule without fully understanding their tyre degredation… there’s lots of action for your time, and the finishing positions are in the balance for a higher % of the race.

    I expect to watch every race that airs while I’m at home and awake… though experience shows that over the summer I’ll miss about half because I’m out and about somewhere

  12. *enjoy watching sprints EVEN more

  13. It’s impossible to have a meaningful opinion on something without being properly informed (preferably first hand) – so, yet again, I’ll be watching all of the competitive sessions in full plus at least most of the practice sessions.

    Time zones aren’t ideal and it’s not easy to fit in around work, but that’s what recording facilities are for…

  14. I think i’ll skip the american races, timezone issues, too much americana barf upfront and generally no fun circuits. The classics i’ll watch live

    Mind you, i’ve seen almost all races live from 1994 onwards. The streak ends this year

    1. That Sky subscription is causing me some unease. I’m a firm believer in free to air. Probably, most probably, I will re-new. This time it’s because I want to watch Piastri overtake Norris and be scouted by Horner to join Max in due course [Max himself may be waning in a couple of years’ time].

  15. In 2022/23 I completely skipped all the Friday/Saturday running during sprint weekends (Just tuning into the GP around 5 minutes before the start) and will be doing the same going forward.

    As to the number of race weekends. I can honestly see myself skipping some race weekends altogether this year which would be the first time since the start of 1995 I won’t watch every race.

    24 just feels like too many & I was already starting to feel a bit burnt out by the final few races when it was 21-23 the past few years & the number of double/triple headers we have now hasn’t helped that feeling.

    4-5 years ago the thought of me skipping any F1 track action was unthinkable for me. For reference until 2022 I had watched every F1 race live since the start of 1995, Every qualifying session that was available live on UKTV since 1996 (ITV aired some delayed) & every practice session (All but about 6 live) since Bahrain 2005.

    1. It’s similar for me, and even last year I couldn’t watch all races live, then found I it too much effort to watch recorded races (quite a few weekends have had me traveling, often to the Netherlands, so Verstappen’s win were hard to not hear about, making it less interesting), while the highllights this last season left a lot of the context of the interesting bit, usually the midfield as often tends to be the case w. F1, out of it which made the overtakes then feel uninteresting rather than a good fight.

      Depending on scheduling, connectivity (Germany still often is quite bad when underway) I expect to watch between 15 and 20 races or so, but since 17-23 felt to high I went one tier lower. Sprints, and actually more and more, I’ve tended to switch on 5 minutes before the Sunday race start.

  16. There’s more to life than F1, so i’ll only watch those which doesn’t interfere with my usual proceedings.
    So most european and american rounds, no Asia and no Las Vegas.

    1. Understandable in an age where you are only able to watch something live and have no chance to watch the races on-demand whenever you have the time to do so. I wish it was 2024, not 1974.

      1. @f1mre I can’t speak for Edvaldo but for me I don’t enjoy watching races delayed (And like highlights even less) so if I don’t watch live I don’t watch it at all.

        I don’t know why but I just have never got that same level of excitement out of watching delayed coverage, Plus when not watching live you have to try and avoid spoilers which is difficult for me to do due to others in the house always watching news stations. Everytime I don’t watch live the results always get spoiled for me and I then don’t enjoy the race already knowing the results.

        Plus during duller parts of races i will often use the extra onboard camera channels or the pit lane feed to watch the best bits of racing that aren’t been shown on the main feed. Sky don’t have any of that available via an archive so if not watching a race live i can’t watch it the way i want to which also makes it a less enjoyable experience.

      2. In all honesty, i don’t care enough to do that anymore.
        We got to admit that most races are somewhat boring, if i read somewhere that a race was great and entertaining, like, say, Zandvoort last season, i give it a shot to watch later, if it isn’t, as is often the case, i watch the highlights on Youtube and that’s enough for me.

        Don’t care about spoiling the results either.

  17. i have not watched a single second of any sprint race since the first year they tried them and do not intend to watch of of the silly gimmicks in future.

    i didn’t bother watching a few races last year for the first time since the 80’s and will be doing the same this year.

    i just cannot stand the liberty show over sport direction they are taking f1 so am slowly but surely been turned away from it so great job liberty you have managed to take somebody that has been a super dedicated f1 fan since the late 70s and made them not want to watch, great job!

  18. I’ve just realized I do not remember anything about last season apart from Verstappen winning almost all races. Not much track action, overtakes, tactical masterclass that I remember.

    1. Perez’s ‘challenge’ collapsed in Miami in race 5 race. Championship over. Sainz won at the Singapore GP. Verstappen/Red Bull won everything else. I think that just about covers 2023 in terms of action or interest.

  19. I don’t watch any of the sprint weekends so yeah i haven’t watched/won’t be watching any of the 6 sprint races and will only be watching the 18 normal race weekends.

  20. I don’t want to watch a single sprint race, but probably end up watching them all, and hating it doing so. Can’t help my addiction.

  21. this year will be the same as the last 2 which will be no sprint races and around 18-20 of the real races.

  22. Last year I only watched 18 races and none of the silly sprints and this year will be the same.

    Last year I didn’t bother watching Saudi, Baku, Miami, Qatar or Abu Dhabi.

    This year i’ll likely skip those same 5 races as well as Vegas.

  23. All races, all quali sessions, all sprint races, all sprint-qualis, and some free practices (running the session in the background, 10min summaries, or reading up on the event).

  24. I’ll watch all of the Grands Prix. I might watch some of the sprint races if I’m not otherwise occupied but I won’t go out of my way to catch them. Hopefully the calls for sprints to be made a separate championship will be heeded, then there will be no reason to pay attention to them at all.

    I do find the arguments about oversaturation of the calendar to be a bit selfish, along the lines of “I don’t want to watch more than 17/20/etc Grands Prix, so no one else should be able to either.”

  25. 30 races of Red Bull / Verstappen winning everything at a canter?
    Nope. I’m not sure if I’ll watch any. I’ll tune into the testing and some of the F1 reporting. Maybe I’ll watch the first few races, or maybe I’ll just keep vague track of the races through the media and if the season proves competitive I might start watching again. Last season was dire. Extra helpings of dire is completely unappealing.

    1. Silent but Deadly
      15th January 2024, 0:15

      This. Last season was dire as I’m not a member of the “Brown Cult” (brown is of course dim Orange).
      If anybody shows signs of being competitive with the Newey car then I’ll reconsider.

  26. Won’t be wasting my time with sprints.

  27. sprints? not even interested.
    max winning all the races? Barely interested.
    paying F1tv to see it, No way in hell.

  28. Last year I watched everything. Felt like trash after watching the Saudi GP. I’ll probably skip that one this year. Might skip Qatar. Problem is that Bahrain is the first race and Saudi is the second. F1 should t be racing in these countries.

    1. I watched only the first Saudi GP and it is now the only race I skip. Which is a pity because the track is pretty exciting IMHO.

  29. I intend to watch them, but most likely I will not see all of them.
    Having unusual starting times, shifted a bit, or even starting at half past some hour caught me out sometimes last year.

    I will not complain about the sprint races, those can provide what F1 can provide in shorter stints, without the added strategy element of pit stops and the tyre choice is most often most obvious for a shorter stint too.
    There was an artice here with pretty good ideas about changing the rules and approach towards the sprint races, mostly I liked those ideas, F1 could consider some of them or contrive comparable ones.

    One thing is sure, if there will be reversed grid sprint races, then I would only accept fully reversed grids, and not ones like, “let’s reverse the top half, and let’s reverse the bottom half separately”. The latter would generate more valuable action maybe, as cars with similar pace would start around eachother, and the better entrants would finish higher most likely, but the aspect I do not like about splitting at the mid point:
    It would be like the abolished tyre rule, what allowed the Q2 dropouts to start on the tyres of their preference. As qualifing 9th, 10th or 11th is more like to a random event than something one could aim for that was more up to luck than to skill. At best some were able opt for going to have the free tyre selection, like a top entrant on a bad weekend when they could not find the setup, but for the regular midfielders who often started around those positions it was an added element of randomness, influencing the results but mostly out of their control afterall.

  30. I skip more qualifying sessions than sprints, if the question is about the attractivity of sprint races. Though I must admit that I am more likely to skip a qualifying session on a sprint weekend…

  31. Odd question to ask on a dedicated F1 Fan site. We all want the new season to be exciting. We all want to watch every race live, do you mean actually attending, or just on the TV? Don’t worry, I know the answer. Fishing as to whether we like Sprints? It’s extra F1 but generally prefer a trad weekend. Will drivers and teams really risk their car for a couple of points the day before the Grand Prix? Nah. And here’s a thing. Going to a F1 Grand Prix race generally is going to end up costing to something considerably north of £1,200 per person. Add an extra £250 for the Saturday as well. All this assuming you are not flying solo. £3000+ for a couple for maybe a 4 day break. Qualifying on Friday? No, I’d rather see the qualifying on the Saturday and race on Sunday thanks.

    There has been a lot of talk about ‘The Show’. I get it. Liberty MEDIA. But there is meant to be sporting endeavour underlining all this. There is no Sprint Championship, and neither would I wish to see one. The purist in me would like to see the Sprint ditched. It detracts from, and has the ability to undermine, the F1 World Championship. Let the teams run a rookie car if you must, that can score points in the F1 Drivers Championship races, but can score a decent number of points in the 6 or 8 Sprints to win an F1 Rookie Championship.

  32. I expect I will watch the classic European races (except Monaco – sorry, but it is a total borefest racing-wise), plus Circuit of the Americas, Brazil and Japan. So, that should make about 12?

    And, since I am Danish, add to that any race where MAG is starting in the top ten.

    So adding it all up – still about 12?

  33. I’m probably going to watch all 30 starts this season and then decide if it’s worth to keep watching.

    For qualifying, I’ll do the same as the last few seasons – only watch the last 2 minutes.

  34. I’ll very likely watch every Grand Prix, although under some mild protest as I consider the number excessive.

    I won’t watch any sprint sessions.

  35. I hate sprints for a variety of reasons but I’ll still watch them.

    I can understand why I’m feeling oversaturated with F1. Growing up with 16 races I feel obligated to watch them all. So I watch every quali, sprint and race. I don’t normally watch the Friday practice if it’s inconvenient for work but I will if it’s Japan for example (I’m UK based). I try to watch F2 and F3 but realistically only hit about a third of them a year. MotoGP I see at about the same rate.

    The way I fit it all in is that I’ve mostly ditched the pre race stuff and limit the post race for 30/45 mins. I find with triple headers and sprints it can be a bit heavy to watch the pre and post stuff. The downside to that is that although I see the drivers race more, I know way way less about them as personalities than previously – that feels like a poor balance the sport has forced upon me.

  36. I may not have the luxury of watching all races live this year but I’ll try! Any I miss, I’ll sure watch the full replays in their entirety. I’ve learned to live with the sprints and accept them as a permanent fixture on the calendar so I’ll be sure to continue watching them too even if they don’t compare to the GPs proper. I’m an F1 fanatic, what can I say!

  37. 0 sprint and the amount of Sunday racing depends on what I want to do that weekend. F1 has slowly been bumped down my list. I will watch all F2 and F3 races though. But on demand.

  38. No sprint abominations ever, in fact I’ve not watched any part of any weekend that has held one because if enough do that, they might actually get the message.

    Highlights are a waste of time – who wants to see a few easy DRS passes when the real action is actually the laps leading up to a pass.

    So basically, if it’s not live, it’s not worth watching, and there’s no way I’d find the time to watch all weekends so I’ve given up my subscription and no longer bother.

  39. I am absolutely flabbergasted with the comments on this article; with people claiming to be ‘racing’ and ‘F1 fans’. I personally watch every race, sprint and qualifying session. I also watch EVERY Formula 2, Formula 3, FRECA and Superformula race, and others. I love being abreast of all the top up and comers, love the junior series.

    Most people on message boards are bashing sprint races and the reverse grid sprints. But why should F1 listen to people that openly admit that they ‘only watch the highlights’ or ‘watch the first two races’ or ‘follow it in the news’? The future of F1 and motor sports racing in general should only consider people that actually watch the series, rather than a vocal minority who don’t really want to invest their time and just want to slam the sport and any new ideas it might have.

    1. I think there is a difference between being a casual, being a fan and being obsessed and there is lots of room in between.

      Have you considered that many people who aren’t watching anymore, were big fans that watched everything, but then when they were asked about how F1 should look, they were ignored? I highly doubt F1 gives anything about their fans. Spa and Las Vegas have shown that.

      The notion that you should only listen to the ones who are interested is a stupid one (For liberty). To make more money you need new people and to bring new people, you should listen to those who rarely watch and find out how to get them into fulltime fans. That is what the last years have been about. Change to get growth to get new money. All decisions have been made with that in mind.

      It’s all about the bottom line, no matter what sportwashing country puts up the money. They are free to run their show like that, but everytime someone as a driver, team boss or commentator speaks the company line, I chuckle at the fools who sell out. Though I understand why.

    2. Brell-9W I’ve been following Formula 1 regularly since 2007. I’ve seldom missed a race and usually try to catch qualifying sessions and even practices (even better when they existed unadulterated). Since 2021 and the stewarding at the end of the season, specifically the last 4 races and the final minutes of Abu Dhabi, I’ve felt pretty much disillusioned with Formula 1. I felt the ‘showdown’ had been manufactured by FIA/Liberty for commercial reasons, up until the very last laps, and, by its own admittance, the title effectively went to the wrong driver. OK. So since then I’ve been thinking, I still like Formula 1 racing ‘in principle’ and I’ll try to enjoy it. But that has coincided with an era of Red Bull domination that has meant any interest in a season-long title battle has proven rapidly unsustainable. In 2022 Ferrari’s brief challenge collapsed and 2023 was the farce of Pérez being a ‘contender’ (no: he’s employed precisely not to be a contender). The two-facedness of Horner pretending otherwise is unbearably irritating. Are there other interesting team stories, track battles, etc? Sure. But not enough to compensate for one driver being champion-elect in the fifth race of 23 in 2023. Imagine the same with 30 races this season.
      I cancelled my F1TV subscription and don’t intend to start watching ‘for real’ until the competition is a real competition again. Red Bull and Verstappen’s fault? No. Not even the slight overspend can negate the fact that he’s a great driver and their design team leads the way. The real problem is endemic with FIA and Liberty.

  40. I’ll be watching it all on Sky. Well maybe the practice sessions will be the F1TV highlights after Bahrain (good time saver). I just hope they don’t do reverse grid sprint races as for me that will devalue the championship. If that happens I won’t renew Sky and just watch the races on F1TV when they become available next January. Such gimmicks and penalising of drivers only deserves a payment of £20 a year to watch.

    1. 20 pounds is indeed not a lot, though imo it’s not worth even that, watching has to be free, it’s already a lot that we put up with seasons like 2020 or 2023, they should be the ones giving us money for that!

  41. Just like in 2023 I plan to watch in 2024 all qualifying, all races, all sprints, live on F1TV. Except two, Miami and COTA that I will attend. Looking back on 2023 I only watched a few qualifying sessions delayed due to non-movable other obligations.
    I watch it all live, enjoy it while watching, and then forget most of it quickly after a few days again. I do watch the short highlights on F1TV same evening or next day. Not after that anymore. For me any sports, not only F1, are enjoyed “in the moment”.

  42. ‘All’ for each four was an easy choice for me.

  43. I intend to watch as many Grands Prix as I can, but I won’t cry myself to sleep if I end up missing a few of them due to social activity or other issues. If the season ends up being interesting (as in, multiple teams can win each race) I may try to make time for watching the races live. It won’t be a priority though.

  44. I have to watch it live to get any real enjoyment out of it. Replays and highlights don’t do it for me because they lose the “what if” tension; what if there is a mechanical failure/crash/pitstop error etc etc. I mean why watch sport at all if you just want to know the result??

    I am less concerned about if one team or driver runs away with the title and more interested to see how my countries driver/s perform against the field and their team mates.

    In the past I was keen to see developments each team would bring to the next race, but with so many races, and the budget cap, it has removed a lot of that excitement. Far less chance for a team to improve from one race to the next, even with more cash, they just don’t have the time on such a tight schedule.

    I’ll watch the ones that start before 12am in Australia and possibly the ones that start after 5am on Monday morning.

  45. Most likely will be watching all the races live, as I have done since 1996, but… 24 weekends is a stretch. After the season starts, there are more weekends when F1 is on than off. And it seems that F1 TV Pro price is going up (from €109.99 to €139.99 – no Sky UK prices but the price hike is still quite a steep), so I really have to ponder my motivation for following this sport.

  46. Yes I will watch them all as well as qualifying and practice sessions. Admittedly not all live, with time differences some will be recorded.

  47. Watched every quali, race and sprint last year. Will do the same this year. Been like this since 1998

  48. The only segment of F1 I don’t watch all of, is the Practices. I know they’re simply assessing the circuit and changing the setup to suit the temperature and the surfaces, so I’m not too bothered about missing them.
    Seeing them happen “Live” is different of course as you have the smells and sounds to give you a rush, but on TV they’re simply not my cuppa.
    But I will watch every Qually for each round of races and the Sprints because I’m a dyed in the wool supporter and have been since the mid to late Sixties (i’m 72), and have only ever supported two teams in that period – McLaren and Williams.
    I pegged Norris as a real deal winner right from his first race, and his “First Win” will happen with just a small lift in performance from McLaren.

    I try to ignore the Politics of F1 as it’s always been about the Money, no matter what year you talk of, and I know that sometimes it’s simply not possible when the ramifications are dire for the competition in general, and some of the recent favouritism with rules being broken and then ignored, tends to get me swearing loudly at the screen, but then every sport has it’s Diva’s and Demons whether they’re drivers or support staff such as Ma—!

    There has always been an element of cheating too, and 99% of it is about tweaking the restrictive rules in the car’s construction or operation …… that will never change.

    BUT …. I will always watch every minute of racing that I can !

  49. Weekend funerals are rare here (bylaws), so yes.

  50. I’ll watch everything as usual, but this is too much already. 20 races was spot on

  51. I didn’t watch sprints this year and I hope if all the fans will abandon this hogwash so F1 admins will drop that stupid idea.

  52. As with 2023 there will always be probably 2 or 3 races that I miss owing to being away on holiday or other commitments. It has been like this a long time as far as I can recall but of course, it has become more difficult with more races. I am talking about the main GP races here.

    Sprints I am not that bothered about. If it is convenient then I will watch them. I ticked that I watched 1 in 2023 but I think it was 2 actually. Probably be similar next year.

    I have to admit at the juncture, I am not feeling that enthusiastic about the 2024 season. I am sure enthusiasm will return for the first races though, when we get there. I really do hope there is more of a challenge to Red Bull.

  53. I’ve only missed one race in the 26 years I’ve been following F1: Jenson Button’s first win in Hungary in 2006. And, of course, I watched a rerun.

  54. I’ve watched more or less every race live since the end of 90s until last year when other obligations forced me to learn to watch some of the races from F1TV on Sunday evening or even on Monday. Luckily I managed to avoid spoilers in those cases.

    Sprint races really mess up the weekend schedule as it’s very difficult to justify spending that much time on tv instead of spending time with friends and family. Of course, one could argue that sprint Saturday gives an extra day off from F1 due to uninteresting sprint events and no proper F1 content, but I really prefer the normal race weekend schedule with Qualifying on Saturday and the GP on Sunday.

  55. I intend to watch all of it but if RB is dominate again I will look at the results to see if the race is worth watching. IJS

  56. I’m interested in watching every race, but I don’t have time to watch everything I’m interested in (which goes for F1 and everything else). I’ve found in the last few years that I’m watching fewer and fewer races live – perhaps only 2 or 3 last year. I catch up with most of the rest, and about half the sprint races, within a few days by watching highlights. Usually I’ll have read the race reporting on Racefans before watching, so races that sound interesting I will make more of an effort to watch.

  57. Watched every race and qualifying session since 2000, don’t plan on changing anything this season. I DVR the races that are on in the wee hours of US EST, but I watch all of them. That has always entailed some dozing, and there’s no dozing like V10 dozing, so soothing.

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