Jacques Villeneuve spoke about boredom in F1 in this BBC story: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/26178312.
Back in the ’90s, I worked quite closely with him in IndyCar. I found him to be one of the most talented, level-headed drivers on the circuit. He was very passionate about the sport, as well.
I remember he spent a lot of time telling me about the FEEL he gets when driving his car…both seat-of-the-pants and steering wheel. I learned so much from him.
So, everything I read in the attached BBC story is 100% consistent with the driving persona I saw at the tracks.
It’s hard to argue against the boredom factor today when the excitement of a slide or passing occurs at nearly the same frequency as goals do in a soccer match.
Compared to watching the energy/excitement of this in-car footage at the Long Beach GP back in ’78, it’s pretty clear how dull F1 has become. Luckily, the powers that be recognize this, and are taking steps to address this now.
btw, it’s Patrick Dapailler in a Tyrrell-Cosworth, 3-L V8