Last year I got to see from the best positions imaginable, two of the F1 races live. Its part of my job to attend at least 2 and as a manufacturer with a team involved I have natural loyalties and its not Ferrari.
Attending a race is extraordinary. The atmosphere, even at Silverstone is electric.
If you are lucky enough to be down on that track with your horde of passes and VIP list its a very exciting and glamourous moment.
But its getting dull. How many times do they say "its difficult to overtake on such and such a course" - especially Monaco, Monza, Catalunya, InterLagos.....It hardly seems like its worth the effort. Monaco is so nearly impossible as an overtaking circuit it should really be dropped - but then no Monaco would take the glamour out of the race year more than any other.
As sportsmen the Ferrari team should have thought better of what happened, especeially as everyone wanted Barichello to have some sucess so very much. But its a massive, hideously expensive business. It sucks up money and resources (to what end exactly?) and is little more than a very expensive form of advertisng your product and adding technical credibility to your cars as a manufacturer.
And thats all its ever been. Its a circus, its been dominated by manufacturers for years, of one type or another. They come and they go. Look at Mclaren, Mercedes Benz have put 12 engineers into Illmore Engineering to replace one man- More - killed in an air crash last year. And since his death its been downhill all the way. They just dont know what to do. To be frank they're dumbstruck.
So, F1 is F1, love it or hate it. Sometimes it just looks a lot worse than normal. This is one of those times. If I had been Barichello, I would have ignored the orders and if ShoeMakerI would have never been so dishonouable. But then I'm not paid £10 million a year am I?