After having gone and seen the 2010 Petit Le Mans here in the US (my first time attending an auto race), I began to wonder which was better; Le Mans or Formula 1?
Now, before I become vilified and condemned for even asking such a question, I love watching F1. I started watching at the beginning of 2008(as well as watching my first Le Mans 24) and was instantly hooked. But to me, LMP cars are more relevant to the auto industry by being true test-beds for technology as well as showing off their products through the GT classes, where as F1 cars are super hi-tech and more specialized. Although, the main draw for me with F1 is how extreme the “man and machine” threshold can be pushed, which is something LMP cars can’t quiet reach. But enough of my ramblings. I would like to hear the opinions of the F1 faithful on the advantages/disadvantages or likes/dislikes of both.
I like both, but while Le Mans may be more road relevant, I think F1 is truly the pinnacle of motorsport in more ways than Le Mans. The speed with which teams have to develop the cars to stay competitive for example is truly staggering. It seems that the drivers are more skilled as well. It’s more feasible for drivers to retire from F1 and become successful in Le Mans, but drivers moving from Le Mans to F1 don’t usually have much success. I think the physical demands are much higher in F1 as well. F1 is still the king, and hopefully it always will be.
Oh, I would love nothing more than to go to Le Mans(but it’s hard due to the fact i’m in the US), because even though Petit Le Mans is a small scale version of it, it was incredible to see the cars i’ve watched for the past three years on tv all across the world to be right there in front of me(and to almost be run over by those same cars is just as incredible!) Do F1 teams even let the fans near the cars on race day? At PL the teams are set in temporary garages and anyone can walk in front and watch them get the cars ready and stand mere inches away was they’re rolled out onto the grid. Either way, it was the most incredible 16 hours i’ve ever experienced in my life!