NASCAR only "appears" more competitive because the race organizer throw caution flags at will to bunch the field back up. F1 goes out of its way not to throw flags. For knowledgeable race fans, F1 is more like a real race, and anyone who actually owns and races a car hopes no one wrecks and breaks their body or budget. A wreck in NASCAR gets TV on-camera time and pictures in the Monday paper. It is after all about the advertisers money! NASCAR is rolling billboards and getting ad impressions pretty cheap!