Addicted to F1 Drama

Dino Cajic
2 min readMar 31

I can’t be the only one. There’s just something about F1 drama that excites me. I’m normally the person that can’t stand any type of drama and escapes it like nobody’s business, but not F1 drama.

If you’ve been following F1 for years now, you’ll know that we were spoiled with the 2021 season. I remember walking away from each race with so much pent up anxiety since I was expecting one of those drivers to die at any moment. You know who I’m talking about: Verstappen and Hamilton. I don’t even need to mention the season finale.

The drama and excitement of F1 racing, with its high speeds, intense competition, and high-stakes moments, can create a sense of adrenaline and excitement that is highly stimulating and addictive. We become invested in the personalities and storylines of the drivers and teams, leading us to seek out more information and updates on the latest F1 news and developments.

The intense rivalries between drivers and teams, unexpected accidents or mechanical failures, controversial decisions by race officials, or unexpected weather conditions have all contributed to this addiction.

Most of us couldn’t wait for the next season to begin. Mercedes was set to come back with a vengeance, and when they didn’t, we felt disappointed. Ferrari was finally entering the playing field, but with the amount of mistakes they were making, it was difficult to enjoy…but addicting nonetheless.

“Plan D or Plan E?” <- If you know you know.

I think most of us that follow F1 go past the races. We watch P1, P2, P3, Qualifying, Pre and Post interviews, read the news, follow rumors, etc. Sometimes you think to yourself, “I’m wasting a lot of time here.” But the drama keeps bringing you back in. Us true fanatics are in F2 and F3 races as well.

“Hamilton might move to Red Bull.”

“We’re about to speak to Christian Horner and get his take on having Hamilton join Red Bull.”

“Adrian Newey might leave Red Bull for Mercedes?”

What?? Why??

“He was staring at the Mercedes front wing for way too long.”

The community around F1 is great at stirring up controversy…and we eat it up..and it tastes good.

Anyways, anyone else experiencing this addiction? For those of you that aren’t, get into F1…you won’t be disappointed.

Dino Cajic

Author of An Illustrative Introduction to Algorithms. IT Leader with a B.S. in Computer Science, a minor in Biology, and a passion for learning.