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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  19 Jul 2014   |  10:39 pm GMT  |  297 comments

Today at Hockenheim less than 50,000 Formula One fans are expected to turn up to see Nico Rosberg start his and the Mercedes team’s home race from pole position.

That is 35,000 less than watched the Friday Free Practice sessions at Silverstone two weeks ago.

Yesterday, an even more sparse crowd took their places to see their home racer take his fifth pole of the year in a field which also contains a German four time world champion. And Friday’s crowd was more like that seen at races in F1 unfriendly outposts such as Korea in recent years.

On Friday afternoon the situation led Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to brand the poor turnout as “not satisfying”.

“If you compare Hockenheim Friday to Friday at Silverstone and Friday in Austria it’s a different world and we have to understand why that is,” he said comparing the poor figures forecast for race day in Germany to Silverstone’s full house of over 120,000 a fortnight ago.

“We have to analyse the phenomenon,” he added. “If the weekend continues like it does now, we need to think about it.”

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Wolff’s Mercedes colleague Niki Lauda yesterday went a step further, however, blaming the low crowd numbers on Formula One’s failure to embrace new media.

“Formula one is seeing a serious cultural change,” the Mercedes non-executive director told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. “The audience wants to watch sport in a different way than before, due to the rapid growth of the new means of communication.

“It is logical that the young people of today have other priorities,” he added. “Everything in the world is changing, but only Formula 1 is staying where it was.” Lauda went on to target Formula !’s broadcast and that model’s resistance to new media as a key issue.

While other sports have embraced online platforms, including live streaming, video on demand services and the free availability of broadcast material across web channels such as YouTube, Formula One has remained resistant, with commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone seeing no way to monetise such content. For Lauda that lack of access is contributing to the sport losing fans.

“Young people do not want to stay at home on Sunday when the sun is shining to sit in the lounge with their father for two hours,” he said. “The problem is that today, there is no alternative. You can’t just sit on the beach and watch the race highlights on your smartphone.”

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The loss of fans due to lack of access to content was just one thread of Lauda’s argument, with the three-time champion also targeting the sport’s controlling attitude to its stars,

“We have a generation of drivers that, if they were not wearing their racing overalls, you would simply walk past some of them and not notice,” he said. “The ‘formula one system’ is to supervise, monitor, regulate. But we must again have the drivers, not the bureaucrats, in the foreground.

“If we continue like this, no one will be bothered about formula one anymore. It’s five minutes to twelve,” he concluded.

Those opposed to Lauda’s arguments might point to the huge crowds present at the three preceding races; Montreal, Silverstone and at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, where capacity crowds saw exciting racing throughout.

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It should also be pointed out that the crowd forecast for Hockenheim this year, while a fall on the circuit’s recent appearances on the calendar, are in line with the circuit’s popularity or lack of it since the heady days of the Schumacher era. Indeed, when the Baden-Württemberg track last hosted F1 in 2012 it’s race day crowd was put at a disappointing 59,500. This is not sustainable financially.

The reasons, then, are not simple and cover a multitude of bases – from poor accessability and lack of personality, to the complex nature of the sport and undoubtedly to ticket pricing.

The cheapest grandstand ticket available for Hockenheim was this year priced at €99, while a weekend adult Category 1 ticket, granting accessa to the upper deck of the Motodrom section weighed in at an eye-watering €515. Even a race day only adult ticket for the Motodrom section cost €279, though the tickets do give you access to general admission areas as well. Three-day tickets at this year’s US Grand Prix range in price from $180-$1035. However, there, the race is largely sold out.

That translates to £220 or $377. According to figures compiled by the BBC in 2013, a face value ticket for Champions League Final came in at £60 (€75/$102), while a ticket for the British round of the MotoGP championship was £70 (€88/$119). Even an comparatively expensive sports event, the Wimbledon Men’s Final, had a 2013 face value ticket price of £130 (€164/$222). The discrepancy is clear.

Lauda’s warning of F1 being at “five minutes to 12 o’clock” might be sensationalist but the message is clear: F1 needs to change how it positions itself. Whether it can do that in time to secure its next generation of fans remains to be seen.

 

 

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1

after 25 years of watching F1, and missing like 5% of the races in that time, I turned off in 2014…. barely watch it anymore…the cars are too easy to drive, driver input is minimal (look at how smooth the steering is), teenagers can drive the cars (teams simply want a very light driver mostly), and the cars look and sound shit…

give me a 1999 mclaren with a 2004 BMW engine at 20 000 revs anyday…..

F1 could solve all its problems in seconds…

V10s

massively simplified front and rear wing rules (total surface area and number of elements)

no power steering

no computerised braking systems

put the driving back in the drivers hands… Senna warned this would happen

2

The last time I watched formula 1 was 1978 Long Beach. A great race with great drivers

and the attraction was to see Ferrari take 1-2. The difference today is my buddy for s passed on

and any other friends or relatives have lost interest in following F1.

The thrill has gone, it’s an elitist sport, the lack of online access is a pain

and no local or broadcast channels carry Formula through the year.

I used to live in London and because of my mates, lots of interest in racing

went to many tracks. Here in America, sports are seasonally driven, nothing

to do with lack of interest; it’s just that now F1 gives off an air of exclusion

and specialty, unlike NASCAR which is seasonal AND has driver image and

Recognition to its credit.

That movie with Will Ferrel about racing was on the money!!

3

-Reduce prices and costs (tickes, sanction fee, cars, sponsors, tv deal, driver salary, team members)

-Remove Friday (reduce costs)

-Bring back 2004 speeds and high downforce (big balls back)

-Remove DRS and alternative tires (tire war back)

-Reduce race lenght to 30min (1:20h is boring)

-Have reverse grid for the races (based on a qualy that gives 22 points for pole till 1 point for last plase P22)

-Allow 2 types of engines (V6Turbo Hybrids and 4Cylinders Turbo Hybrid)

4

Agree with most of all the above.

I quote from an article in MotorSport magazine in about 2005 regarding the then proposed introduction of KERS in 2008.

“The FIA’s plans to make GP cars more fuel efficient might benefit the wider world, but the knock-on effect of reducing engine noise would diminish the sport for paying spectators…….The emotion stirred by racing is wrapped up in its sound. When you approach the circuit and cars are running, it’s the thing that makes the heart beat a little faster”

Cripes, if they knew then about our now silent GP cars they’d give up – as have have many racing fans, hence declining TV and in some cases track attendance. For me it will be interesting to see how many attend GP’s next year after being disappointed this year. Next year will be first year in about 50 odd years I’ve not attended a GP somewhere – I suspect I’m not alone. We no longer need ear protectors – we need hearing aids.

5

Back in the Senna days F1 was one of the few motorsport options. Now F1 is one of the many motorsport options. This problem cannot be solved…

6

its funny how we have a 6 month short term memory, but just maybe people in some countries are still suffering from the great financial crisis and they just cant afford the ridiculously high priced tickets?

plus with all the stupid rules that were made to reduce spending, it has created the one thing that they have been desperatly trying to stop,, and that having one dominant team running away with the championship.

if you ignore the position 1 and 2, the rest of the pack is a lot better to watch now with all the passing and close racing, at least thats one positive.

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Campbell Hicks

I am enjoying this years Formula 1, i have missed the technical side of F1 in the past few years. I thinks its great that teams can have different configurations etc. The sound of F1 in 2014 is fine when watching from my TV and the racing is much more exciting behind the two Merc’s but it is also exciting to see the Merc’s of Hamilton and Rosberg fight it out. I’m enjoying it all this year at home.

But at the track I can understand about the sound, I have been to GP’s and the sound was the most amazing thing. I’m sure this will be worked out over time as the lack of orsum sound also effects road going car’s. The sound of a road car can help sales especially electric and Hybrid cars.

At tracks I thing the use of Wifi to provide patrons with a special experience not available at home. eg ticket holders can interview, look around in team pits etc from their phone or Tablet.

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roberto marquez

Why I started following racing 40 years ago ? 1 Excitment it was a dangerous sport and race drivers were like gladiators ,fighting for life and win 2 Glamour , where did you see together beatifull women,beatifull cars, champagne, royalty, movie stars, millionaires ,etc, than in the padock of a race ? 3 Smell, noise, very high speed, you knew that only in the Utah flats you could see a “car” going faster,

4 Drama ,drivers drove ,they did not have an engineer teling them to save fuel, or to save tyres , or to tell them “strategy” was good. I do not suggest to curb on safety but please : eliminate tyre degrading , eliminate fuel saving and get rid of the f… radios in the formula 1 cars and let them fight each other. Please keep the beatifull women.

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I go along with all you say …. but now it is a ‘BIG’ money earner for a few people do you think it will ever change !!!.

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kenneth chapman

hahahah a great summary. let it roll

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So we have:

1 Inflated unaffordable ticket Prices

2 Soulessness

3 Corporate control

4 Bribery

5 Bland drivers

6 Bland circuits

7 No noise

8 Computer designed cars

9 Too much money

10 Contrived rules

11 Double points

12 No social media

13 Bland rostrums

14 No sense of history

15 Fans kept away from drivers

16 Too much corporate hospitality

17 Unimaginative TV

18 No 1970s car innovation

19 Toadying up to despots

20 All cars look almost the same

21 Not Eco-friendly

22 Represents a past era.

23 Bad time of day on TV

24 Fuel saving

25 Hardly any action without DRS

26 Business type team managers (Where is the Chapman or Tyrell)

27 Uncharismatic presentation

28 Bernie’s trial / age / arrogance / greed

29 Character tracks long gone

30 Driver interviews are boooring

31 Drivers are made to be weird middle aged businessmen.

32 Not enough women in the sport still.

33 No Playstation etc game

34 No Tweets

35 Sexist crap with girls in a line clapping drivers (eurgh makes everyones skin crawl!)

36 Out of touch commentary (“Lets hope it doesn’t rain” when EVERYONE is hoping for rain!)

37 Disregard for fans (ie. buried pitlane miles away at Silverstone)

38 BBC and Sky forced to avoid mentioning any protests as if under repressive state control (ie Greenpeace)

39 State control of donuts!

40 Absolutely nothing interesting (like Piquets fight or Senna riding Mansells care) ever allowed to happen

41 Drivers helmets change every race

42 Too much focus on aero (try banning wings)

43 Contrived tyres

44 Fridays (yawn)

and

45 Where are the new teams?

Its a basket case!

13

In addition to all the above comments, anyone with a mind has to be turned off by the lack of consistency in applying the rules and blatant favoritism. This weekend with the Merc brake disc change is another example, yet Caterham is punished for being late to cover its car. Laughable really. Favoritism? Politics? No…not F1. This kind of thing kills my buzz.

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James this really easy and im surprised no one has picked up on it. What just happened to Bernie Ecclestone in May- He went before German court for bribery and corruption.

He then offers half price on the Nurburgring. Hello lets spend 1000 euros & take the family to watch one of “his” races..

I’m really surprised anyone showed up to be honest. Then you have all the usual stuff we’ve talked about many times. Lack of real promotion, driver- fan engagement, live streaming. Top it off with even the Germans seeing that Nico is being positioned to win this year. The lack of safety car deployment really highlighted this again….This whole sport is so contrived its ridiculous I watch it only for the occasional brilliance on track- I totally ignore the results, I ignore what most of the media says ( most of the time 😉 ) .. Sporting codes are shot to pieces with double pts races. Different rulings for different circuits, different rules for different teams & cars- honestly Ronald Mcdonald could win on the right circiit with enough juvenile support and enough donation money– hey theres an idea!

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The ticket price is the main problem.

As I was in France with the family at the weekend I suggested that we could go to the GP before heading home.

Checking the price for race day tickets for 2 adults and 2 children decided the matter.

As a day out for the family it simply does not stack up; the price for that race would pay for a week’s holiday elsewhere.

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I agree with ticket pricing. I would make the trek to Texas to watch a race (Im in Phoenix, AZ) But just the price of a seat (600$) for me and my Wife Its just entirely too expensive. Last year I went to 2 Nascar races (I understand its a different beast all together) But I spent less than 300 for both races for 2 people. I also would love to see a streaming service. I have cable but its hard to watch the races live in the US. I have had resulted to downloading the races illegally just to watch. I would gladly pay a subscription fee to watch the races but I doubt that will ever happen.

I feel F1’s biggest issue is the in-accessibility. To watch you need a cable subscription, and to go to a race you need to save for a few months. note- I make just over the average household salary. Also this year has seemed lackluster compared to some that we have had in recent years.

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i think the main problem is vettel and all those who go on tv to tell f1 fans that the sound from the car is s**t. all of them should be educated about promoting the sport. whatever they say is more believe able by fans than any salesman. there should be a rule to fine anyone involved in f1 who makes a negative comment about f1.

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kenneth chapman

without any further contributions from posters here i have just read that the attendance figures for the nurburgring ‘truck racing’ event on sunday topped 100,000!!!!

now i have no reason to doubt these numbers and that should signal some hard questions as to why the ‘pinnacle’ can only raise 50% of the truck racing attendance. no doubt there will be more than one reason but if i was to hazard a guess i would simply say this, tickets were too expensive, the result was almost a complete foregone conclusion and that F1 no longer sounds like racing at its screaming best. what else could there be considering that it was a german driver in a german car that scooped the winning plaudits.

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because people like di montezemolo, vettel and lauder keep telling people the cars sound rubbish. there should be a fine of €500 000 for anyone involved in f1 who makes negative comments about f1. this will put a stop to their nonsense.

20

I am a long time follower of F1 and have sat up all hours to see races (I was in Australia with the races late eveing or early morning). Now however it has reached the state of being too commercial with a few people making ‘lots of money’

I do not have a problem with the current fomula … but I do with all the crazy rules. Cars should be cars. Think of a road car and cut down on the aero, no radio’s between the pits, make the diver work to pass ‘no opening flaps’. Bring back racing with driver ability getting them to the front.

Get a better distribution of the revenue to the teams not just rich and poor.

Make the cars run with the underlying colour scheme, being the racing colour of the countty .. Green for Britain, Red for Italy etc …. Look at the Italians they get excited to see a red Ferrari cross the line ….. how about being able to see a Green British Car so we as a nation can feel proud. As we were when after many years Stirling Mos got a Green Vanwall over the line.

Get the drivers out of uniform … lets see them without a stupid cap, that seems to change every five minutes. For me the only two that seem real people are Lewis and Alfonso.

Now I read we may loose Monza and Spa … take those tracks away, you are taking away a big part of the history of Motor Racing.

For me F1 needs to take a good look at itself, listen to the fans and give more back to the fans via the various forms of media …. not just pay TV channels.

I never thought I would say this. Its Tuesday , only today will I bother to watch the last GP.

I hope Niki Lauda can get change … great to have a person at the top speaking out.

21

I’m 52 and have been following f1 since 1969. The sport is failing for three reasons:

1. It’s dull, corporate and controlled and becoming utterly devoid of character and life. Bland drivers too scared to speak, acres of tarmac run-off and worst of all that awful bland podium….its the same every race, with those stupid screen flags and the corporate trophy…..and the fans kept away while disinterested business types get up close.

2. There are no social media opportunities to engage people…..ignore that F1 and the sport is dead….end of story, simple.

3. Its fans are ageing (like me) most of them want to keep it in the past (when admittedly it was better, (F1 in the 1970s was something to behold) – but the world has changed. Screaming petrol engines are everything the rising generation sees as the old world.

Formula-E is not there yet but it will engage people like never before. Bernie says a London GP will be difficult, no one wants it because of its noise and emissions, but Formula-E will be there, with cheap tickets and fan engagement in a way F1 can hardly imagine.

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@machinesteve, I am not fooled by that film because I know that not a single one of their claims is true. More people live in the rural than cities. electric cars do not pollute less than internal combustion engines, solar cars do. electric cars are not more efficient than internal combustion engines. all not true. the electric cars use electricity made from burning fossil fuels and i know that energy is lost as energy is transferred from one form to another so the more stages of energy transfer, the less efficient the system. internal combustion engined cars go from fuel to mechanical energy in the engine while electric cars go from fuel to mechanical energy to electrical energy and the back to mechanical energy, losing valuable energy at each stage of energy transfer. this means more pollution by electric cars, not less pollution. car manufacturing companies understand what i have just told you that is why the electric car has been around for so long and yet has failed to compete against the internal combustion engined cars. hybrid is the future because some of that wasted energy is recover and reused.

only solar powered cars are more efficient than hybrid engined cars. e1 has no hope and ecclestone knows that that’s why he didn’t nip it in the bud. he gave them the go ahead because he knows that they are no competition and all those who watch e1 will have f1 at the back of their minds while watching e1. e1 has gone in too deep and risked too much money. it’s a lot less risky to launch a cheaper alternative, build up a fan base and then spend money to raise the profile. they should’ve spent their money on sidecar racing. different to f1 and motor gp as well as requiring different skills.

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As I can’t seem to answer machinesteve directly, if machinesteve wants a greener planet, why not stop the moving around of the whole f1 circus around the world at upwards of 50,000 litres of fuel burned per event moving that circus….making f1 cars green is peanuts in comparison.

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@machinesteve, if you then look at how batteries are made and how the materials used in making batteries are extracted, it looks a lot worst for electric cars. once those sponsors begin to understand how inefficient electric cars are and how slowly they are been bought over the years, they will pull the plug. formula e needs a huge fan base to keep sponsors in the future as sponsors need eyes pointed at their logos.

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Yeah it depends on how you make the electricity of course…..so use a carbon neutral means of generation, solar, wind, tide…even nuclear, maybe fusion one day. Formula-E might be in deep but they are the ones attracting the sponsors – its not about facts its about association and business want to be associated with E. No its not the best solution but it is the one business wants to get behind and be associated with……and not F1 it seems. Time will tell. Personally if I were F1 I would say…..limit the fuel and CCs….but have unlimited E power.

26

we will all see how formula e fairs. i can’t any ingredients in formula e which will help it to survive longer than a1. f1 is the most successful motor racing series in the world ever. i would agree with all this madness if there was a single motor racing series as successful as f1.

27

I’m not here to promote Formula-E but F1 needs to understand that it is all summed up in this short film they made. This is absolutely 100% counter to everything Bernie understands:

http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/video/formula-e-making-a-difference.aspx

28

Things come and things go. F1 comes from an era of the development of cars and then the global promotion of petrol and cigs….formula-E is coming from the Eco age and the age of social media and participation. I agree F1 could do that too and kill Formula-E dead…..but not with Bernie at the helm.

29

My 11 year old does not see screaming petrol engines as the old world. He loves them.

There are a lot of assumptions about what the young want. Has anyone actually asked them?

30

Yeah what 11 year old wouldn’t. When I was 11 I wanted a big Camero…..but when he starts to think about the Ecological Future of the Planet – he is going to get turned on by clean efficient and planetary harmless big speed.

31

No sound, no feeling, no to F1! RIP F1

32

We turned up at Silverstone to support the underdog (lewis) who has been consistently shafted by his team -3x the failures on Rosberg’s car, slowerstops, etc and that was beforehand his brakes mysteriously failed and reduced the only challenge to Rosberg. Wolf was ecstatic and has said nothing about letting Hamilton down so often. I don’t watch anymore but did predict they’d wreck his car and his gearbox for the German Grand Prix. They talk about letting them race but this is just a massive fix, you shouldn’t get 3x the failures on one car.

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Jonathan Powell

Hi James,

I was very surprised to see the low turnout figures for the German GP,especially with a German driver doing well and another a four time world champion. The ticket prices are certainly an issue. I went to the Mens Wimbledon Final this year which cost £150 for the ticket and it was most certainly value for money. I have always loved and been a fan of Formula 1 but wouldnt go to a race due to the costs of the tickets,especially when BTCC is less than £35 for a weekend ticket. Yes I know its not the same but you can see where I’m coming from.

An issue with motorpsort as a whole is that for a spectator you are not seeing the whole event all the time like you do at a football or tennis match so there definitely needs to be more done to keep fans as involved and occupied as possible.

I agree Formula 1 defintely lags behind in terms of new media and lack of content available. It needs to be more open as it is too restrictive at the moment.

The drivers have certainly become more robotic and less accessible. Everybody loved it when Kimi did well and was becoming more outspoken but those times are too infrequent now. I have watched the drivers group interview before the weekend starts and its ust terrible,they ust give routine answers and obviously cant wait to get out of there.

Formula 1 is not a million miles from where it needs to be but if doesnt it doesnt act quickly it will struggle to keep its fans and gain news ones aswell.

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It sums it up for me after being a dedicated fan for almost 20 years I actually forgot that the German GP was on this weekend. I seriously asked myself why I “cheated” on my Sunday afternoon date of many years with the F1? Sadly I thinks it’s due to no longer feeling the passion and heart pumping rush I used to have.

F1 still has the ability to wow, please bring it back to the basics:

1. Innovation – let the engineers play and create some masterpieces, if some of these make it to the road car, even better. Let the development race happen, point it to a strategic direction with the regs e.g. green can be good, allow principles and the boffins will come up with the goods. Testing!!! The only sport where you restrict honing and perfecting your ability and game plan for the real event…akin to footballers not allowed to train and go for a run a few mins before the match. Let people pay to see 8hrs of their teams experiment, showcase the pinnacle of Motorsport – money making event for teams and Big E?

2. Drivers become heroes -Let them all potentially drive to the limit, EVERY lap – durable tyres and maybe refuelling, allows to throw in some some strategy in with the race e.g. short filling, long filling…mix it up! I feel sad each time I hear lift and coast…it’s no longer man and machine pushing the boundaries with a sense of accomplishment of doing some spectacular (apart from the epic wheel to wheel battles). Balance safety vs. punishing mistakes, all this free space to run off on a circuit?

3. Pragmatism – stewards stop meddling with things that appear trivial…if someone taps someone, it happens. If someone seriously messes up then levy a punishment at them. F1 is a competition, if you want to win think of ways to outfox your opposition, if it’s outspend (charm lots of sponsors) or use the technical talent to come up with great feats of engineering – it’s not a charity raffle, best person who does the job wins.

4. Media – create some drama and passion….if people can get sucked into reality TV programmes I’m sure F1 could be sold and advertised as something as a better product rather than those i3i0t$ who prance around in Made In Chelsea humping anything that moves.

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looks like most poster want to be in charge of f1 but they cannot name a single motor racing series as successful as f1.

36

I don’t think this is the only problem, but it is part of it. Does nobody find it odd that one of the biggest sports in the world, with a 60-plus year history and some of the best-payed professionals, does not even have an official facebook account? I mean, a friend of mine created one for her gerbil… Is a gerbiol more socially relevant than F1?…

37

f1 knows how to be successful and have demonstrated that in history so why all this negativity? some people think they have a chance because of ecclestone’s court case forgetting that ecclestone being the most successful custodian of f1 has the most influence on people all over the world. this court case will soon pass and he will continue.

38

My objection to current F1 can be summed up by a couple of pieces of team radio this weekend. Perez who wanted to get his foot down and race/defend his position being told in no uncertain terms he was on a final warning for not fuel saving. And Vettel having to ask did they want him to overtake or save fuel. I wanted to scream.

39

I have frankly lost interest mid way through the season this year..I am really fed up with the constant rule changes that F1 brings in arbitrarily, You cant keep track of everything here. if you bring in new technology then have the teams go balls out atleast for the initial two years of its inception before they could apply an engine freeze. now what do we have in terms of racing, from day 1 it was known the season ending champion would either be lewis or nico, what’s the fun in that…teams have only 5 engines to choose from, so no point in bringing new engines either as by that you have already lost half the season. last year championship was really competitive until FIA changed the tyres, we had kimi and fernando breathing down vettels neck.

I started watching f1 in 2000 and to my mind some of the best years were in v10 and initial v8 era, now the cars sound like motorbikes they are slower, uglier,…the engine is too complicated and we know such is the way rules are written that other teams know they wont be able to equalize to merc power in the forseeable future…now FIA would try to ban trick suspensions and what not! to cut their advantage. I am not a fan of this new era and don’t see the point in waking up 7 am in the morning to watch the races live.

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you haven’t lost interest because you will watch it all season and follow it throughout the pre season testing and keep repeating because there isn’t a more successful motor racing series out there.

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Lauda has drunk the Kool-Aid. Experts have been trying for years to make us believe TV is dead and that on-line viewing is the next ‘BIG THING.’ In the mean time, TV viewing is at an all time high and online viewing levels have been stuck at less than 5%. F1 has many problems including radically new, confusing technology and a rather uninspiring season ( unless you’re a Rosey or Hamster fan) – but the way it is viewed is not one of them.

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I’m currently travelling abroad and tried listening to the 5 Live coverage yesterday on my iPad, and guess what as soon as it started it was blocked, presumably at Bernie’s request. So I had no option to follow the race live apart from text updates on the BBC website. Even if I wanted to pay to watch it I had no choice to. I can’t quite understand what revenue Bernie was losing by not letting me even listen to James’ excellent commentary! I agree with Nikki, give us a way to follow F1 even if we have to pay, wherever we want to watch it!

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It’s not just the high ticket price that’s a pain point. I’ve been to a number of GP’s and I don’t mind paying a high price for tickets providing there is adequate services to justify the costs.

What’s noticeable at every F1 event unlike any other sporting event I’ve been to is how elitist it is. There’s so many sections closed for private functions/sponsors or inaccessible to only those with the best VIP tickets, they need to limit this and offer more choices for everyone.

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