I've had favourite drivers and I've seen them come and go but first and foremost I'm an F1 fan and no one is bigger than the sport. I hear all the time about how 'boring' it was in the 2000's until 2007 and how 'fixed' it seemed - and yes we had seasons that didn't light up. 2002 and 2004 spring to mind - but were they really any more uninteresting than 1992, 1993 and 1996? People gloss over the fabulous year that was 2003 though - and 2005 for that matter. I wonder if this season and 2009 will be consigned to be called 'boring' by people in future years as the same person won all the time - then again I guess it depends on which person is winning all the time and who is claiming the sport is dull.
The sport has all its ups and downs like all things and one driver is the reason for one thing or the other. You can be the most exciting and entertaining driver in the world but unless you have opponents to race against of equal talent then it doesn't really matter does it?
As for Lewis. I feel a bit sorry for him in a way because I genuinally believe all he knows is driving and that his is an unfourtunate victim of a punblicity machine and the media circus. I think its helped him reach the superstar status he has and is the same thing that destroying him currently. It reminds me of the following quote from Boethius:.
It's my belief that history is a wheel. "Inconsistency is my very essence" -says the wheel- "Rise up on my spokes if you like, but don't complain when you are cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it is also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away".