F1 fans want change without gimmicks, survey shows

Wed Jul 1, 2015 10:57am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans want change but without gimmicks or knee-jerk reactions to a sport many now describe as expensive and boring, according to a survey carried out with the backing of leading drivers.

The Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) said in a statement on Wednesday that 217,756 fans from 194 countries had responded to the online survey between May 22 and June 8.

"The fans are clear: they don’t want a radical overhaul of grand prix racing that takes it away from its historic roots," said GPDA chairman Alex Wurz.

"It may sound simple, but the best drivers and teams fighting on track in the most exciting cars is their priority. And we, the drivers, passionately share that view," added the Austrian.

"They want competitive sport, not just a show, and they think that F1’s business has become too important, jeopardizing our sport."

In a separate statement to fans, in a summary published at gpda.motorsport.com, Wurz said they did not believe a revolution was required -- as Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has suggested.

Nor did they want "an artificial show with gimmicks introduced to simply make it more entertaining."

The results came on the day of a strategy meeting in London, ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix, grouping the six top teams as well as the commercial rights holder and governing body.   Continued...