A recurring theme throughout my blog since I started has been the ever growing frustration felt by fans. Key decisions taken by the sports hierarchy this year have had far reaching ramifications in the world, calling into question the motives behind some of the decision making processes.
Bahrain, engine regulation changes and the UK TV rights deal have all been a source of frustration for fans worldwide. Although the right decision was eventually taken in regard to the Bahrain Grand Prix, I very much doubt the concerns of the average fan would have been taken into consideration when Bernie, the FIA and WMSC decided not to reinstate the race.
Online social media was awash with petitions, groups and campaigns to try to force the cancellation of the race. If you were to add up all the members of all the groups and the people that signed the many petitions, I’m sure the overall number would be very impressive indeed. We are now going through a similar situation in the wake of the news that from next year, Sky Sports will be the only place that UK fans can see all the races for the next 6 years.
Again you have the vast array of options of which to sign or join to show your displeasure. The difference with this situation that is quite unique with a global sport is that we can lobby the government and bring the subject to parliament via an online petition.
On this issue at least, we do have a place where we can try to be heard for a change. For this to be debated in parliament, we need a minimum of 100,000 signatures. So far over 10,000 people have signed in the past three days and support is gathering pace.
Will it make any difference? Can we change what has already been signed? No, of course not but in this instance we ALL can show our frustrations and anger in one place and show we do have a voice!
In the future to avoid all this ‘headless chicken’ forming of groups and petitions we need our own F1 Fans Association to make sure any protest or debate is handled in one place. If such an idea could attract just 5% of the global TV audience, that would be 1.5 million members. A figure that could be reached if supported by the likes of Peter Winsor, James Allen, Adam Cooper and Joe Saward?
Maybe I’m kidding myself a little thinking that we can make a difference but you never know!
If you have any ideas on how we can achieve this please use the comment box below or send me a message via the contact page.