FIA fan survey II

Christian Klien, Red Bull-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005The FIA have launched a second survey of fans’ opinions on Formula One. The first survey was conducted last year and polled over 96,000 fans.

It found that, among other things, the fans’ favourite circuits were Spa-Francorchamps (pictured) in Belgium and Suzuka in Japan. Spa was dropped from the 2006 calendar and Suzuka is set to be dropped next year.

In 42 questions (with many sub-options) the survey covers quality of racing, qualifying, the role of technology, quality of coverage and more. It directly asks whether the return of tyre changing this year has improved the quality of the racing and whether pit strategy in general improves the quality of racing, The 2005 survey ignored the refuelling issue entirely.

The survey is undeniably comprehensive – but you’d be forgiven for being cynical about whether the FIA will actually listen to it.

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2 comments on FIA fan survey II

  1. Peter Balston said on 20th July 2006, 23:27

    My enjoyment of watching races live is rapidly deminishing because of the ever growing frequency of interuptions for advertising. No other sport is subjected to so much advertising while being televised live. I choose now to either record the race so that I can avoid watching the adverts or watching the highlights which gives almost the same coverage but this is defeating the object. I have no objections to adverts being shown during times when racing has been suspended and the safety car is out but I think that at all other times advertising should be abolished while the race is on.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st July 2006, 15:39

    Definitely – given that ITV have three other digital channels you think they could offer a pay-per-view option that’s not interrupted by adverts. Those insurance ones they have going into and out of the coverage are painful.

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