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“Watch the Fans Forum from Barcelona Live” – Weds night 5.30pm UK time
Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Feb 2013   |  4:46 pm GMT  |  13 comments

Formula 1 fans have a chance to put the questions to leading figures from the sport at the latest FOTA Fans’ Forum in Barcelona. It’s the first of a number of events in 2013 around the world.

And we’re delighted to say that you will be able to watch the debate live on JA on F1 with a direct feed, which is due to start at 5.30pm UK time (18-30om CET) tonight Wednesday, in the video console below.

The previous forums in the UK, Montreal and Milan have attracted a high-profile F1 panel and this year is no different. It’s also an opportunity to get to know one of the new young drivers who will be racing in F1 this year.

Xevi Pujolar, who was Pastor Maldonado’s race engineer last season when the Venezuelan took victory in the Spanish Grand Prix and has been promoted to chief engineer this season, will be in attendance.

The Spaniard will be joined by Giedo van der Garde, who was promoted from reserve driver to race driver for this season at Caterham, and Marussia president Graeme Lowdon.

Lotus’ technical director James Allison and Pirelli test driver and ex-Toro Rosso race driver Jaime Alguersuari complete the line-up.

So plenty of reason to tune into the website from 5.30pm tonight!

Follow the goings-on on Twitter #fotaforum.

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Some interesting views on the reasons Sutil has been chosen by FI


There is nothing I can say that won’t be(deservedly) moderated out – I missed it!!

I attended the event at Williams prior to the British GP last year and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone.


Need a replay, stick it on Youtube.


I was present at the event this afternoon. I did feel that was a great opportunity for the fans to be a little closer to F1.

James Allison was just great and very involving however, Jaume and Giedo gave the impression that they were not very enthusiastic about being there.

Never the less, it was a great event!


Is there a way to watch it after the event?


Just in case I give you a little summary. Alguersuari was asked about the tyres. He said this time around the tyres seems to have a bit more degradation but he is not expected 7 pit stops. It´s all about getting used to the new tyres.

The Marussia guy (sorry I don´t remember his name) mostly talked about money and that he wants more spending limits and control. For him is the only way to make small teams more competitive.

James Allison was asked about the engine maps controversy. He said they did use other maps but neither driver was confortable with the car behaviour. Basically it didn´t work for them very well. And according to him FIA knew about it. And latter FIA told them to not use those maps that were banned last year. So they won´t do it. But that didn´t make a great deal of difference.

Allison was also asked about Kimi and his personallity. Allison said Kimi is only cold or ice with the media. Kimi doesn´t like interviews and deal with media related things. But according to Allison the real Kimi is easy going and fun to be around. Nobody has a problem with him. Kimi just wants to drive, Allison said they need to balance what to say to him on the radio and when during a race. Somewhat addressing Kimi´s famous quote.

Allison also said that teams copy each other a lot,it could be a front wing or anything else.Because their goal is to win and to have the best possible car. But he said that´s normal and has no regrets. He said a team gets points for winning not for creativity or originality.

I those were the most important aspects of the meeting. But others can add more details and specifications


Thanks Anne, that’s very much appreciated! Cheers.


Thanks James, no doubt that this is now the go to site for quality content


Thank you very much James. I´m looking forward to it.


I´m interesting in what Pujolar and Allison have to say.


Can we be reminded about FOTA?

It seemed like a dedicated effort, and them didn’t the big teams opt out of it?


Just reminded myself through a search. Ferrari, RBR, Sauber and STR are all out of FOTA.

Wonder if the remaining members still follow the RRA?


Not sure if remaining members follow RRA.

There is a strong suspicion that RBR never did.

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