Formula 1 is never just about the racing. F1 is a team sport, as much a contest of engineers and mechanics as one between drivers. The teams develop and deploy new car components across a season-long engineering arms race. Countless races are won and lost in the pits, where a blindingly fast tire change can bring victory more surely than the fastest lap. Then there is the soap opera that comes from the explosive combination of egos, talents, and money. F1 transcends racing, and that's what makes the sport fascinating. That's also why many people despise it.