Boring F1?

It looks like there are a lot of people who feel the same way as my wife. She is just not excited about Formula One racing without Michael Schumacher.
According to the latest official TV ratings, 1.41 million Germans tuned into Sunday's coverage of the Australian Grand Prix live. That compares with free to air broadcaster RTL's 2.23 million viewers of the Melbourne race a year ago, when Ferrari driver Schumacher crashed in the Albert Park circuit's last corner.
That quote from F1Live.com via Yahoo.  My wife has been an F1 fan since at least 1999 maybe longer.  She will still watch but is not really excited about it.  I think a lot of people feel this way right now. The sport will always lose fans but will also gain them for a variety of reasons.  I have to admit -- Alonso does doesn't generate excitement.