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GP Week : Issue 89
The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) hosted a discussion forum with 150 fans in central London last week in an effort to get fans' views on how to improve the sport in the coming years. Having conducted a worldwide survey among fans to get their opinions on various aspects of the sport earlier this year, FOTA brought a small group of fans in front of a five-man panel to ask pre- approved questions. There were six topics up for discussion: The Fan Experience and the Show, The Overtaking Question, Cost control vs Technological Innovation, F1 and the Environment, The New Teams, The Emphasis on Driver Skill. Answering the questions were Ferrari press officer Luca Colajanni, Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, Mercedes race engineer Jock Clear and Force India reserve driver Paul di Resta. While some outlets claimed the forum to be 'a huge success', it remains to be seen what impact it will have on the running of the sport. Although GPWEEK was not invited to attend the forum, it seemed more like a press conference for the beleaguered fans than a proper debate on the sport and its future, from what we've seen in the published video footage. Few workable ideas were presented and the whole event looked staged to help improve the image of FOTA among the fans. FOTA hosts Fan Forum in London FOTA plans to cut carbon emissions by 12 percent Less than 1 percent of emissions comes from racing THE Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has announced a new push by its member teams to cut their carbon emissions by over 12 percent in the coming three years following a year-long research programme to examine the sport's main sources of carbon emission output. The research was conducted by Trucost and their report found that just under 0.3% of a teams' carbon emissions resulted directly from the running of their racing cars on-track, for the purpose of testing or racing. The study also found that over 50% of a team's emissions came from externally manufacturered parts or raw materials, while the next biggest contributor was electricity usage for operations including wind tunnels and CFD computing, accounting for 30% of a team's carbon emissions. By using the 2009 figures as a benchmark (215,588 tonnes of CO2 equivalents for all ten teams), the teams' association is aiming to reduce its carbon output by 12.43 percent by 2012. This is mainly being achieved as a result of the resource restriction agreement which was brought in last year to reduce team budgets. 2013 will then see the introduction of an energy- efficient engine formula. "Building on what we have already achieved, and extrapolating what is now being planned, we anticipate that by 2012 Formula One will have reduced its total carbon emissions by 12.4 percent compared with 2009," said FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh. For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... F1 NEWS >> 9