The petition won’t work for the simple reason that none of the parties involved have done anything wrong, F1 is not a protected sport on British TV and there is no reason to involve any of the regulators.
Whilst it is frustrating to lose the coverage we currently have, it is, unfortunately, completely above-board. Of course, I would love all my F1 on free-to-air TV, but I’d like it for my cricket too, and plenty of other things.
I do agree with the sentiment of all these things, but there simply is no need or justification for anyone in Parliament or otherwise to interfere in what is essentially a straight commercial decision which has been brought about of the BBC’s own doing, and the BBC have to cut something…
Clearly, they feel the F1 is better to cut than something like BBC Four, and whilst I don’t like that, within their remit as a public service broadcaster, strictly speaking, something like BBC Four fits in with their remit more than F1.
Sorry to be such a realist, but when I remove my own personal vested interest in not wanting to pay for F1, there’s not really much else wrong with this.