Formula 1 is so wonderful for those of us invested in it: a compelling concoction of high-speed complexity and adrenaline-filled competition. We 'insiders' hang on its every twist and turn. But step outside the echo chamber for a second and all is not well.
Fernando Alonso is right - F1 is too predictable. Far too often, to the untrained eye and mind, it is simply boring to watch. Now, I know every race cannot be a classic, and it's tricky to produce consistently great racing without resorting to artifice, but sport sold as spectacle cannot simply sit back and hope for the best.
The Singapore and Russian Grands Prix were two perfect cases in point, the outcome settled in each case (unpopular Mercedes team orders at Sochi aside) by the end of the opening lap. Japan, saved by Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo starting out of position, was only marginally better, though Lewis Hamilton still enjoyed an untroubled run to victory.