The FOTA Fans Forum, powered by Santander, takes place in London this Thursday at 1pm UK time.
Formula 1 fans will get the chance to meet face to face with leading figures from the sport at this groundbreaking event. It is a unique opportunity for the fans and the sport to come together and exchange ideas.
The panel for the event is led by Martin Whitmarsh, FOTA chairman and team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and features Tony Fernandes, team principal of Lotus Racing, Jock Clear, Senior Race Engineer, Mercedes GP Petronas F1 team, Luca Colajanni, Head of Motorsport Press Office, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and Paul di Resta test and reserve driver, Force India F1 team.
Taking the form of a 90 minute discussion in a “Question Time” format in the theatre at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, in London’s Piccadilly, fans will have the opportunity to ask questions and to offer their points of view on all the key talking points in the sport at the moment. I will act as the moderator of the discussion.
We asked fans to apply for the 150 places last week on a first come first served basis and we were very oversubscribed. The places were more or less filled within 24 hours.
For those who are not able to be there on Thursday, you can still follow the action in real time starting at 1pm UK time and soon after the event you will be able to watch the discussions and add your voice to the debate.
If you go to http://twitter.jamesallenonf1.com/fanforum you will be able to see what’s being said via a live Twitter feed from fans, journalists and team personnel at the venue. Tweet your views and comments to @jamesallenonf1 and we will take a look at the comments at the venue as we go along.
After the event the content will be released in video chapters via You Tube. We will post the videos here on the JA on F1 site and you can leave your comments, which will be passed on to the Formula 1 teams.
The idea came from the comments section on this site. We’ve regularly taken fans’ questions and suggestions and put them to people in the sport.
Now this event, organised in conjunction with the Formula One Teams Association, goes one step further and brings fans even closer to the sport. It offers the chance to engage face to face with key decision makers from the pit wall and to have your voices heard.