McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, Mercedes’ Ross Brawn, Virgin Racing’s Graeme Lowdon and Force India’s Robert Fearnley met face to face with 300 F1 fans at the FOTA Fans’ Forum, UK at McLaren Technology Centre to discuss topics raised by the fans and hear their points of view.
Top of the agenda was fans’ concern that F1 should stay on Free to Air TV and the rumoured NewsCorp take over was discussed.
The team principals also tackled the subject of F1’s green credentials, with Fearnley putting forward a slightly different tone from the others, describing F1 as “a celebration of excess.”
“The job of F1 is to help develop the technologies, as with the V6 programme, so that we can benefit the whole economy through the manufacturers, ” he said. “Through the efforts of FOTA it would inexcusable to waste more than we need in terms of travel, but I think F1 – and maybe I’m a bit of a dinosaur – is a celebration of excess.
“We have the most powerful engines, we have the best show in motor racing, we have the best parties and the prettiest girls and we should not lose that. We are a show at the end of the day and the show must be maintained. But we can also do more than our fair share on the environmental side too. ”