You’ll have to be quick to take advantage of this opportunity, as today we are announcing the latest initiative in the FOTA Fans Forum programme; a UK event at the McLaren Technology Centre on June 30th.
The Fans Forum is a unique opportunity for F1 fans to meet face to face with the competitors to ask questions and put across their points of view on the sport they love.
As with the recent Montreal Forum we will break the 90 minute programme into three parts:
PART 1: THE BIG PICTURE
This segment will focus on The Show, and how to improve it. The racing, the rules, the calendar and the television coverage are some of the topics that will come under the spotlight, and answering your questions will be the following:
- Martin Whitmarsh, FOTA chairman and team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- Ross Brawn, team principal of the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
- Graeme Lowdon, chairman, Marussia Virgin Racing
- Robert Fernley, deputy team principal, Force India F1 Team
“Formula One is nothing without its fans,” says Ross Brawn. “We’re always looking for ways to improve the sport and this is your opportunity to tell us what you think.”
PART 2: TECHNICAL INSPECTION
How have the technical changes for 2011 affected the racing, and what else would you like to see introduced? What about the proposed 4 cylinder turbo engines for 2013? Put your questions to some of F1’s brightest brains, as follows:
- Paddy Lowe, technical director, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- James Allison, technical director, Lotus Renault GP
- Paul Monaghan, head of race engineering, Red Bull Racing
PART 3: THE DRIVERS
Two F1 drivers will be at the Forum. The floor will be yours to ask them questions, but FOTA will take the opportunity to highlight the ‘Save Japan’ appeal, which is close to both men present. The drivers will be:
- Lewis Hamilton, 2008 World Champion, driver for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- Kamui Kobayashi, driver, Sauber F1 Team
“I started watching F1 as a fan back in the late ’80s,” says Lewis Hamilton. “Back then I would have loved to meet some of the sport’s participants, so I think this is a great initiative by FOTA.”
Tickets to all Fans Forums are limited. People wanting to attend the event in Woking are asked to email a question to the panel, including their contact details and, if possible, their twitter accounts, to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email from FOTA. Please do not come to the event if you do not have an email from FOTA.
The reason we ask for a question is so we can tell from the volume of questions, which are the subjects of greatest interest to fans.
To give you a flavour of the event, here’s a video of last week’s Fans Forum in Montreal, from the third session, which discussed social media and fan interaction.