I was pondering the proposed rule changes for F1 the other day when it occurred to me that the FIA might actually be implementing changes purely based on the fan survey.
I don’t believe the FIA itself has done an F1 survey since 2005/6, but the FOTA survey of last year ( results here http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2009/03/06/fotas-f1-fans-survey-results-in-full/ ) was widely publicised.
The top two ‘turn-ons’ clearly can’t be influenced – there will always be a winner, and F1 attracts the most skilled drivers already – but technology and in particular overtaking are 3rd and 4th on the list.
What are the chances that the FIA think a moveable rear wing and KERS will appease these, regardless of how artificial the overtakes may be? Two equal drivers on the track would be likely to pass, and re-pass each other once, maybe twice a lap with ease. Of course the catch-22 is that fans will know that this does not constitute ‘driver-skill’ as such.
Essentially, are the FIA listening to the fans, just implementing the wrong ideas?