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GP Week : Issue 185
F1 >>> nEWs Formula One fans got the chance to quiz to some of the key people at the heart of the sport ahead of the British Grand Prix at a Fan Forum organized by the Formula One Teams’ Association. Formula One has often been criticized for not being open enough with fans, instead shutting them out and limiting their access to and involvement with the sport they are so passionate about. As a result, FOTA fan fora like the one hosted ahead of the British Grand Prix have proved immensely popular since the teams’ association started organizing them as part of efforts to increase fan engagement. The events give fans a chance to grill the key stakeholders in the sport on some of the hottest issues of the day and allow them to have a say in the future direction of the sport. At the latest event, held in London, fans put questions to the likes of Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams, Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon and McLaren sporting director Sam Michael. Unsurprisingly, the first question the panel fielded was about tyres. “I think we talk far too much about tyres. They’re black, they’re round, you need four of them and we should crack on with it. There’s a lot of things happening at the minute that involve tyres and they’ve all kind of ended up converging at once and it seems that tyres are dominating everything,” Lowdon said. “We’ve got the product, I think everyone agrees it ain’t going to change much unless there is a safety issue, and there’s no suggestion of that, so we just got to get on with it. Stop whingeing and crack on, work out how to make them work and get on with it.” The panellists also welcomed the return of in-season testing though they agreed that it needed to be to be conducted in a structured way, keeping costs under control and with clear rules governing the tests. “We are not opposed to it coming backbutithastobedoneina controlled way and particularly pertaining to costs,” Claire Williams said. “We are an independent team and we have to watch our costs considerably. We don’t have the budgets of Mercedes and Red Bull that could go off and test like we used to, have a testing scenario whereby we tested after every Grand Prix a few seasons ago which is just not sustainable in our sport anymore.” Formula One teams will be allowed to hold four two-day track tests next year season which will replace the eight one-day filming days and the three-day young driver test teams are currently allowed to conduct, a change Lowdon feels clears up the ambiguity around what qualifies as testing and what doesn’t. “I think the key change that’s being proposed for next year is something that we would support which is eight days of very clear in-season testing to replace the current scenario which is actually quite complicated and potentially open to abuse and that’s what we don’t like,” Lowdon said. “So just make it really, really clear, eight days of testing and you can test, you can film it you can do whatever you want to do with it but it’s eight days and you don’t do anymore and it’s up to you whether you choose to do it. “And I think clear simple rules that are less open to, some would say interpretation others would say abuse, is something that we would welcome. Then at least you can plan for it and at least you don’t have that feeling that somebody’s getting an unfair advantage.” FOTA GIVEs bRITIsH FANs THEIR sAy 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: