FIA want fans’ opinions

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The FIA are to launch a survey this weekend asking F1 fans what they want from the sport, ahead of the forthcoming new commericial agreements and rules packages. It will be opened for responses over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. The FIA’s survey is supported by AMD (who also sponsor Ferrari) and Haymarket, who publish Autosport and F1 Racing magazines. As both have been vocal on the various problems currently afflicting Formula One, including the lack of a test ban and the qualifying issue, it will be interesting to see how these publications respond.

F1Fanatic will have a full and considered response in next Sunday’s issue.

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One comment on “FIA want fans’ opinions”

  1. Michael Cross
    22nd March 2011, 13:50

    Email sent to 13:45 22/03/2011

    I have just heard an article on our local radio station where it was implied that Bernie Ecclestone had asked for suggestions to improve F1 interest.

    I believe that one of the areas where improvements could be made is “overtaking”. Currently cars can be held up for a significant number of laps, they are unable to overtake as the front car is taking the racing line and without a mistake or on occasion a quite dangerous overtaking manoeuvre, positions can remain stagnant.

    My Suggestion:-
    If a small short-cut is introduced (e.g. cutting off a loop) where a car can gain a small amount of time this will allow cars to improve their position without hold ups. To make this work in a competitive situation each car would only be allowed to use this option, for example, on three occasions.

    I am sure that this will add interest as any car using the short-cut will know that they will have to keep their speed up to gain distance as the driver that has been overtaken could use the same procedure on the next lap to return to the original position. Choice on “when” will have added difficulty due to the possibility of rejoining the main track behind other cars, this might give the advantage back to the original leading car. Drivers and engineers would need to be aware of many issues and “should they leave it until near the end” might mean that the option is wasted.

    I hope that this is of interest


    Michael Cross

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