From where I sit it looks like Formula 1 is doing just fine...
Sure, the battle at the front was between teammates, but let's face it that was a proper battle. Hamilton and Rosberg put on a delightful battle over the closing laps leaving views the world over gasping. There was a series of great battles from 3rd through, well 12th. Outside of Hamilton and Rosberg, the rest of the points paying positions were separated by under 10 seconds. Just to keep everyone happy there was even a big wreck. Thankfully Gutierrez walked away, after figuring out which country he was in. So, for at least one race the critics are quiet. Sadly, this will last until the next race when inevitably someone will again bring up the lack of noise from the cars. It's a silly, needless exercise that only serves to make the sport look bad. Change is constant in life. Last we heard from the complainers it was the new aero package. But even that isn't a unique happening. We've heard complaints about moving away form the turbos; that the turbos have too much boost; that the cars don't slide around anymore; that the sport is becoming too safe; that the cars have wings and that the cars have rear engines. And those are just off the top of my head. There will always be complaining about sports. Some times, all too infrequently, all the bitching and moaning is quieted as we all get to bask in the glory of Formula 1 at it's finest.
At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.