It's all about perspective. How successful you think the inaugural Superleague Formula event was depends on whether you're coming at it from a racing point of view or a football one.
Racing people, cynical though we are, realise that any new series is bound to have the breakdowns they had at Donington Park last weekend. The Superleague cars sound good, are pretty quick, and demonstrated the potential to overtake. That's something fans of big single-seaters have been crying out for, for a long time.
That might explain why the response in the specialist press has been pretty positive.
The field rushes through the Craner Curves during the first Superleague Formula race © LAT
But football followers, whom the series hopes to attract, are coming from an entirely different place. They are used to being able to see all the action in a sport that is easy to understand. And they probably expect racing cars to be reliable, especially if they have a passing interest in F1.