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09 APR 2015 WE ARE ALL FANS OF FORMULA ONE

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http://www.saveourformula.com/we-are-all-fans-of-formula-one/

We all share one important thing. We are all fans of Formula One.

We love this sport. We want it to be better. That’s why we started the #SAVINGF1 campaign in the first place.

It’s been a fascinating journey so far for www.saveourformula.com, as our call for signatures from fans to express their support for a better Formula One has met with great positivity.

It was inspiring to read this week that it’s not just fans who are getting behind the belief that change is needed. A quick read of newspapers or Websites showed that senior figures within Formula One also share your frustration at what is happening.

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery is a man who has long seen beyond the self-interest of the teams, and he thinks there is the need for a wake-up call for those in charge of Formula One.

“We are in the entertainment business,” he told the Guardian’s Paul Weaver. “Some people get ruffled by that idea, but if we don’t entertain, people don’t watch us, and then the sponsors won’t come, and the cycle continues.

“The current business model is clearly not working for enough people. Change is needed and the current mechanism for change is very cumbersome and very slow. We’ve got too many people with different vested interests.

“Someone has got to put a marker in the ground and say this is it. We can’t spend another year going round in circles trying to find the big compromise.”

Formula One’s problems right now are multi-layered. There is the entertainment issue, the declining audience numbers and the failure to attract the new younger generation of fans.

There are also wider issues relating to the way that change is being blocked by a decision making structure that is wrecked by compromise and selfishness. This has created a system of financial inequity where the rich teams are getting richer and the poorer teams cannot afford to remain competitive.

Former FIA president Max Mosley told the DPA news agency just a few days ago that the danger to Formula One right now was great and that if something was not done then the sport risked collapse.

“At least half the teams simply can’t compete because they haven’t got enough money, and that to me is wrong,” Mosley said.

“You obviously wouldn’t allow one team to run a bigger engine than another team and yet if one team has got five times as much money the effect is exactly the same as if they had a bigger engine. It’s not fair from the sporting point of view.”

Hembery captured brilliantly where Formula One stands right now: and where we feel the #SAVINGF1campaign is. He told Weaver: “It’s not for us to tell people what should change, and how it should change, but change is needed.”

At this moment, the #SAVINGF1 campaign is not about laying down set policies that must be made to Formula One racing to make it better. The specifics can only come later.

Instead, it is about making clear the level of unhappiness among the grassroots fans. It is about expressing the principle that Formula One fans have reached the point where enough is enough.

As the campaign moves forward, this support can be used as a force for good. It will help empower those who are willing to stand up and achieve the right change. We will help to set out what some of those changes could be and debate their merits. For now, the support you have shown so far has been heartening.

So thank you: and keep spreading the word to get more backing for a better Formula One.

We must all work together in #SAVINGF1

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Guest DennisL   
Guest DennisL

Well, a great start would be to turn the money allocation formula on its head! Give the bigger allocations to the smaller (poorer) teams, and less to the bigger (richer) teams! 

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