Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Bill Boddy, Sep 4, 2016.
The Tiffosi would riot for starters.
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Liberty has a lot of work ahead:
UK F1 viewing figures drop by 5.1m in 2016 - Pitpass.com
I'm pretty sure even the most hardcore of Lewis fans doesn't think "what Lewis is not a dead on cert to win this? Nah not watching then"
The problem with only showing half the races on C4 is you won't keep the interested (but not dedicated) fans; because the show times are unpredictable.
I also think the long summer break is bad because it breaks the momentum of the season.
Sadly, a decrepit old octogenarian who couldn't see further than the end of his wallet was a different matter.
Another angle as to what's been happening in the UK could be down to Champions League football. It moved from Sky Sports to BT Sport a couple of years ago, at the same time (almost if not exactly) as when Moto GP moved to pay-TV, also going to BT Sport. This means that footy fans who are prepared to pay to watch Champions League football are now getting 'free' Moto GP, instead of F1. That, in the UK, will have certainly had a negative impact on F1 viewing figures, and new fans alike.
Edit, just found this, what a joke, I never heard about it: Petition: keep F1 (Formula 1) on free to air television
Ecclestone not treated well by new F1 bosses - Briatore
Also something else occurred to me on this. In his presidential campaign(ha!)Todt stated he'd put in a clear path to F1 within 4 years including bringing back F2. 4 years are nearly up and despite lots of talk there waa nothing set up for F2.....until now! One simple name change and Todt can claim he has achieved his campaign plans. Sums up his presidency really.
Now. What about GP3? Would make sense to change it to F3 but that would piss of Todts mate Gerhard Berger who runs European F3 so I bet he doesn't.
Looks like that's not going to change then
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