Let’s be honest, if Monaco was a recent addition to the calendar, nobody would like it. I remember when I started watching F1, insulting Monaco was heresy among F1 fans, now people rate is as the most boring race and hardly consider the winner to have done something special.
As for the idea behind this thread, I’m going to have to take @Prisoner-Monkeys side from a few pages back. While I do think F1 is often heading into certain places too soon, it’s unfair to dismiss these countries entirely. Europe and the USA were very privileged to be the economic superpowers to first be able to build cars and race them. Other economies are only just getting up to the level of a car no longer being for the very-rich or building them themselves. People aren’t as fascinated with cars, they’re not racing them, so of course there’s going to be a smaller crowd than in Europe.
China barely had any spectators the first couple of years, Malaysia had a big drop in 2000, but are considered countries to stay on the calendar now. Nothing that @Joey-Zyla has said about the post 2008 additions, hasn’t been said about new races post 1980.
I do feel F1 needs a different entry-strategy. Bernie himself of the FIA need to push autosports as a whole in new countries like Korea and Thailand. I was disappointed to see the race in Austin had practically no races opening for them. If F1 and it’s involved parties manage to bring an enthusiasm for motorsports in general to these new countries, odds are F1 will reap the benefits, as it’s considered the pinnacle of motorsport, if you first encounter national motorsports, odds are, you’ll end up checking out F1.
Plus, if we want F1 to grow, we need these new countries. As a Dutchman, I’d love to see F1 on Zandvoort. I would not like the fact Toro Rosso, Caterham and Marussia would have no place in the pitlane, nor the 5 hour traffic jams each day. I also wouldn’t like a country that has problems keeping its economy in check with EU regulations, spending hundreds of millions to attract an F1 race. A lot of developing economies don’t just offer more money for the race, they also offer more sponsorship possibilities, as well as a future for the sport.
Mind you, I love motorsport heritage. But with the internet being what it is today, you don’t have to miss it. You can watch F1 cars going around the Nordschleife, just go to YouTube. Odds are, if you went to one of it’s races, you’d be bored, since you’d only see them come by a handful of times and unless you’ve done plenty of digital laps or track days, you’d have no idea where the drivers are.
I don’t like all of the new circuits either, but as I’ve said in the De-Tilkefication thread, many new races (post 2001) suffered from a generally more boring on-track F1 than we have today. If Austin debuted in 2002, with a 1-2 for Ferrari and a questionable move by Schumacher to let Barrichello past, would we be in love with it like we are today? No.