The FOTA proposals - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 03-06-2009, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
CH4S Artist
Teutone's Avatar
Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1985 500SEC, 1991 190E 2.6.
Location: Los Angeles / Hannover Germany
Posts: 33,442
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Quoted: 937 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
The FOTA proposals

The FOTA proposals
Initial plans and framework - Part II
05/03/09 13:12

Cost cutting one key proposal from FOTA
The following are the proposals announced by FOTA this morning in Geneva, broken down into Technical, Sporting, Commercial and the findings of the FOTA-backed global survey into the sport.


# More than 100% increase in mileage per engine (eight engines per driver per season)
# Reduction in wind tunnel and CFD (computational fluid dynamics) usage
# Engine available at €8 million per team per season


# Engine available at €5 million per team per season
# Gearbox available at €1.
5 million per team per season
# Standardised KERS (put out to tender, with a target price of €1-2 million per team per season)
# Target a further 50% reduction of the 2009 aerodynamic development spend
# Specified number of chassis, bodywork and aerodynamic development iterations (homologations) during the season
# Prohibition of a wide range of exotic, metallic and composite materials
# Standardised telemetry and radio systems


# Testing reduction (50%)
# New points-scoring system (12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1), to give greater differentiation/reward to Grand Prix winners
# Race starting fuel loads, tyre specifications and refuelling data to be made public

# Commitment to recommend new qualifying format
# Radical new points-scoring opportunities (eg, one constructors’ championship point to be awarded for the fastest race pit stop)
# Further testing reductions (four four-day single-car pre-season tests plus one single-car pre-season shakedown)
# Reduction of Grand Prix duration (250km or a maximum of one hour 40 minutes) pending the approval of the commercial rights holder


# Increased data provision for media
# Explore means by which the presentation of Formula One action can be more informatively and dynamically presented, common to other sports such as tennis and cricket, to dramatically improve engagement with the public
# Nominated senior team spokesman available for TV during Grand Prix
# Commitment to enhance consumer experience via team and FOTA websites
# Mandatory driver autograph sessions during Grand Prix weekends

# Commitment to enhance consumer experience via TV coverage

# 17 countries surveyed
# First ever poll of Formula One devotees alongside non-Formula One devotees (ie, marginal and/or low interest fans)
# Responses were weighted according to the size of viewing market in each country (to avoid small markets skewing the results)
# Results were segmented by interest level in Formula One, demographic profiles (age and gender), country and region
# Total audience is comprised of: - Regular fans (25% by volume, predominantly male, cross section of ages) - Moderate fans (44% by volume, female and male, cross section of ages) - Infrequent fans (31% by volume, unlikely to watch Grand Prix, predominantly female, cross section of ages)


1. F1 isn’t broken, so beware ‘over-fixing’ it
The current race format is not viewed as fundamentally broken (across all levels of Formula One interest) and therefore doesn’t require radical alteration. There is a strong desire for Formula One to remain meritocratic, while consumer interest is driven most by appreciation of driver skill, overtaking and technology.

Implication: there is no evidence to suggest that Grand Prix formats need ‘tricking up’ via, for example, handicapping, sprint races, reversed grids or one-on-one pursuit races. Formula One audiences appreciate the traditional gladiatorial, high-tech nature of the sport and would not respond favourably to a perceived ‘dumbing down’ of the current format.

2. F1 needs to be more consumer-friendly
An individual’s view or understanding of Formula One is framed almost entirely by their local broadcaster. Unlike most global sports, the vast majority of ‘consumption’ of Formula One is via race-day TV coverage, supplemented in part by traditional, non-specialist newspaper coverage. Formula One fans are also mature consumers of new media channels (eg, on-line, mobile) and other touch points (eg, gaming, merchandise).

The global nature of Formula One, although an attractive characteristic in itself, impedes the uniformity of race schedules, and often results in consumption of a race being limited to locally broadcast TV highlights programmes. Only devotees (25% of the total potential viewing audience) are likely to watch a race live if it occurs outside peak viewing times.

Implication: significant opportunities exist to build audience via other channels such as internet and mobile.

3. Major changes to qualifying format are not urgent
When asked to consider alternative qualifying formats, all fan types expressed a modest preference for a meritocratically determined starting grid. There was some degree of interest in allowing luck to play a part in shaping the starting order, but the general sentiment was that the fastest driver should always start from pole.

Implication: there may be justification for minor modifications to the current qualifying format, following further trials; however, a major change to the format will not result in a significant increase in audience.

4. Revisions to the points-scoring system
As with qualifying, all audiences want a meritocratic points-scoring system. This means that they want winning Grand Prix to count for more than it does currently. There is an indication that all audiences would like to see a greater points reward for winning Grand Prix.

Implication: a minor adjustment to the existing points system is justified

5. Evolution of pit stops and refuelling
All audiences view pit stops as integral to their enjoyment of Grand Prix coverage; however, they rank the most important and compelling aspect of pit stops as tyre changing rather than refuelling. Race strategies were not highly ranked as a determinant of interest in Formula One.

Implication: audiences are unlikely to diminish if refuelling is discontinued. Tyre changing is an important driver of audience interest (in pit stops) and should not be further automated.

E.A. © CAPSIS International
Teutone is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Mercedes-Benz Motorsports & Racing

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode

    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    FIA readying ‘radical proposals’ for 2010 budgets Teutone Mercedes-Benz Motorsports & Racing 0 02-27-2009 06:18 AM
    FOTA turns attention to the 'show' Teutone Mercedes-Benz Motorsports & Racing 1 01-12-2009 07:27 AM
    Proposals for reducing greenhouse gases Botnst Off-Topic 1 06-19-2007 08:47 PM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On


    Title goes here

    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome