Formula One drivers urge fans to have their say

Thu May 21, 2015 7:31pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Formula One drivers are hoping to give supporters a say in the future of the sport through a global survey launched on Thursday.

"We want to talk to our fans, we want to know what they think," Alex Wurz, the chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) told reporters after launching the initiative at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The survey, in 12 languages, asks fans to answer 50 online questions about their likes and dislikes and viewing preferences. It will remain live for two weeks at

"We want to be the interface and just bring forward what our fans think," said the Austrian, a former F1 driver who now competes in the World Endurance Championship.

"We think it might become the biggest fan survey in sport ever conducted.

"There is no political agenda other than really wanting to help our sport."

McLaren's Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion and a GPDA director, told reporters the drivers wanted to engage more with the fans.

"We love this sport as drivers, we love this sport as fans as well," he said. "Before I became an F1 driver, I was a massive fan of Formula One and watched it since I was eight.   Continued...