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Fans to discuss F1 with the teams today at the Fan Forum
Fans to discuss F1 with the teams today at the Fan Forum
Posted By: James Allen  |  01 Jul 2010   |  8:53 am GMT  |  23 comments

The Overtaking question, the Fan Experience and the New Teams are just some of the subjects on the agenda for the FOTA Fans Forum, powered by Santander, which takes place at 1pm today in London.

150 Formula 1 fans will meet face to face with leading figures from the sport at the event and discuss all areas of the sport in a “Question Time” format.

The panel for the Forum, held in London on July 1, 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. I am moderating the discussion and will select the questions from the 150 submitted by the fans.

The agenda has been set by the fans, based on the areas of interest shown in their questions. It features six items: The Fan Experience and the Show, The Overtaking Question, Cost control vs Technological Innovation, F1 and the Environment, The New Teams, The Emphasis on Driver Skill.

The event will end with a quick look ahead to prospects for Silverstone next week.

You can follow the discussions live via a Twitter stream from fans, journalists and even the panel, on fanforum

That stream is live now, but the event will start at 1pm.

We are videoing the whole thing and chapters on each of the six subjects will be uploaded onto You Tube tonight and tomorrow and will be posted here on the JA on F1 site.

Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions.

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Great discussions. Wish I could have been there. Cannot wait for Austin in 2012


Great to meet you and the FOTA representatives today James. Really enjoyed myself and found it all very interesting. I hope it’s the first of many.

Congratulations on such a successful event.


each got a 5s penalty




Would like to say a thank you to all involved, really enjoyed the fans forum,



They all got five second penalties, Alonso was the only one to move up a position I think.


Each got a penalty – I think it was 5 yards and loss of down.


All of the drivers investigated for speeding on their in-laps were given 5 second penalties. Which changed the results slightly, but notably button didn’t move.


Should be streaming it live for fans who don’t have the time to get down to London


Video content goes up shortly via You Tube


A bit off topic, but can anyone let me know what happened concerning those 9 or so drivers who were going to be supposedly investigated after the race in Valencia (for going too fast behind the safety car).

Apologies if I have missed some kind of announcement but it all seems to have been very quiet.


They each had a 5 second penalty added to their finishing time. This switched Buemi and Alonso around,and de la Rosa and Rosberg around if I recall correctly.

On the fan forum, sounds like a good idea, I’ll be interested to see the feedback.


5 second penalty each. Promoted Alonso up a place, Buemi down one – and dropped Del a Rosa out of points and Nico Rosberg up to 10th.


they all got a 5 second penalty.

Andrew Murdoch

They all got a 5 second penalty, didn’t make massive difference to the running order.


They were all added 5s to their final timings as a penalty, Alonso gained a place and Pedro Dela Rosa was out of points.


They got 5 second penalties each.

As for the FOTA fan forum …

Weak questions, and even weaker answers, most of which have been seen in press releases over recent weeks.


I hope someone brings up the lost opportunity to get rid of both FIA’s meddling and F1’s massive commercial debt.

There should have been a FOTA led breakaway. An opportunity wasted.


Soooo excited, im on my way right now!


The SC is useless. Slow down the cars with a speed limiter and flags.


Amen at this point the safety car is nothing but another hazard


Its time F1 looked into the Fan Experience


Slow tail ender cars in F1 should be obliged to move over for any car who is in the top 10 of the championship who comes up t lap or overtake. In karting, if you get lapped in a major event you get black flagged for being too slow… these guys would be out within the first 15 laps in most F1 events.

Lotus are a joke.. to be seriously racing Webber “for a place” is laughable and shows the non existant level of professionalism with these back marker teams.Gasgoine should take a long look in the mirror and stop hallucinating that he is a serious F1 racer….

I agree with Bernie, F1 needs quality not quantity.

someone will be killed if either teh FIA or slow teams dont wake up!

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