We need to listen to the opinions of fans in the poll
A global survey conducted by Motorsport Network and supported by the F1 organization gave fans around the world the opportunity to express their views.
This comes at a time when F1 is making the transition to new technical regulations in 2022, and other ideas are being brought up or even being tested. The experience of a sprint weekend format – attempted so far at Silverstone and Monza – has met with mixed reactions.
“We have to listen to the fans,” said Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer. âThis is our reason for being, without the fans the sport would be totally different. So we have to listen to them – they are our audience, and what we’re here to do is make the audience happy.
âYou have to use the data to make improvements. You need to understand the intricacies of what fans want first and then give it to them.
Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto agreed that the important thing is for F1 to pay full attention to the results.
âDoing polls is always important because you have the feedback,â he said. âBut I think what’s more important then is to carefully analyze the comments and the results of the investigation to make the right judgment and possibly take action.
âSo polls are certainly important, but the most important thing is what you do with them. “
Alfa Romeo boss FrÃ©dÃ©ric Vasseur has acknowledged that sometimes team insiders are so wrapped up in day-to-day business that sometimes they don’t see the big picture.
âI think it makes sense because at the end of the day we do everything for the fans,â he said. âIt makes sense to know exactly what they’re expecting. Sometimes our vision is very focused on running because maybe we are getting too involved in our day to day activities.
âBut it makes sense to discuss how they feel, and then we’ll see what we could do to meet their expectations. From the pitwall, you sometimes have the impression that the fans are always the same. The group of spectators evolves, mainly with the new communication and so on. We need to understand who is in the gallery.
Williams team principal Jost Capito believes fans want athletic integrity rather than gimmicks.
âAll sport is about entertaining the fans,â he said. âAnd so everything we do should be based on what the fans want to see. As long as it fits a real sport. Just to say, ‘Okay, we want an inverted grid or we want more crashes’, I think that would not be correct.
âBut everything I hear from the fans and the comments I get, it’s very sport-oriented. And I’m sure the fans want something that really sees the best winning, and not a lottery. “
Capito acknowledged that experiments like the Bell helmet camera – attempted by Williams pilot George Russell at Monza – pointed the way forward.
âI think it’s something that needs to be tried, and should ultimately be in everyone’s car,â he said. “So I think anything that improves the entertainment and gives more information to the fans is good.”
George Russell, Williams FW43B
Photo by: Williams
Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski has warned that new ideas still need to be properly tested before being adopted because sometimes they don’t achieve what people hope.
“We’re here for the fans, and thank you to the fans.” he said. âIf no one was watching sports, none of us would have a job. But also if we just ran for ourselves it doesn’t make sense, we miss the point. It is therefore extremely important.
âThe only thing we have to be careful of is that there are sometimes false good ideas that need to be studied properly. And we will always need the teams or the FIA ââor F1 to study the ideas.
âThere has been a lot of talk about changing the tire rules or bringing back refueling. When you take a good look with the strategists, some of these are bogus good ideas because they don’t actually improve the show.
âSo let’s listen to the fans. But maybe we’re careful not to just embrace something that fans might want, and in fact when you look at the data it doesn’t work. So that’s the only thing we need to be careful about.