Formula one races these days are like treadmill exercises. You make a good start, keep your head focused and 9 out of 10 times you will get it right.
But it wasn't the same when I started watching the sport. At that time, you could sense that it is a race which of course was not all about pace. It was much more thoughtful even without the 'innovations' that the modern day sport hopes to possess. It was a time when a driver's best friend was a proverb and his worst enemy was obsession.
Today, the races are something similar to what hot wheels has to offer; fancy stands, glittery cars and a driver who once launched by a lavish owner will come back almost unperturbed.
That is why the game offers few surprises these days. Technology has ousted skill and the signs don't seem too bright either.
The transition also means that the drivers with vast experience will have no advantage, but newbies might just fancy a glimpse at the podium.
I might just dose off a little while watching a race these days and I bet the feeling is mutual with Sebastian Vettel.