A “driver of the day” award voted for by fans was one of the innovations discussed by the F1 Strategy Group meeting in Geneva yesterday, and subsequently by the F1 Commission today.
It’s under understood that fans will be invited to choose the best driver performance and best overtaking move at each race, via social media. In the early 1970s Marlboro backed the Prix Rouge et Blanc Jo Siffert Award for the “underdog” drive of the day. Although it wasn’t formally sanctioned by the governing body, it was regarded as as prestigious achievement at the time.
In addition to the driver of the day award there will be another for best overtaking move, also voted for by fans. A pit stop challenge is to be introduced, with a trophy for the fastest team of mechanics.
No more details have emerged as yet, and it’s not clear whether both prizes will be introduced for this season.
They follow on from a pattern established by the FIA Pole Position trophy, and the DHL Fastest Lap Award. The latter suggests suggests that naming rights for any new prize might also be taken up by a partner of Formula One Management.
The main subject of discussion this week involved engines (see next story). Meanwhile plans for a return to refuelling didn’t gain any traction, and there is ongoing talk about the race weekend format.
4 responses to “F1 chiefs to ask fans to vote for driver awards”
As long as this isn’t a way to extract money from fans with pay to vote systems or vote and forever be spammed by Bernie’s chosen ‘commercial partners’!
More freaking window dressing!
This stuff from the “bosses” is, at this point, beyond pathetic. Are they really serious? Do they think that the majority of the fans (who haven’t already abandoned the sport in disgust/dismay) are ten years old? Just SOOOO out of touch with reality. This is like when IndyCar hired Gene Simmons (of KISS) to craft a nifty slogan for the series. Yeah, that’ll bring the kids to the track. Sheesh.
The most recent joke is the response of the teams to the idea of bringing back refueling. The teams thought they had finally put this idea down for the last time and now here it comes up again. They offer all sorts of statistical proof as to why it “doesn’t improve the show”. Yet BOTH the Autosport AND GPDA fan surveys showed that 60%+ of the fans want it back in the mix. I guess that the viewing/paying public are the LAST people you would ask about what constitutes a good show. First in line for to answer that query is clearly the technical and engineering staffs of the teams; you know – the folks who brought you the current mess in the first place.
Williams ‘strenuously’ objected to the idea on grounds that it would make F1 look like “gas guzzlers”. Hey Clare, how much fuel does your transport aircraft? Gas guzzlers indeed. Maybe it’s just because the Williams folks STILL haven’t mastered the CURRENT pit stop scheme. They sure did have trouble with those refueling hoses in the past.
Simply Amazing. The entire F1 circus is now fully into Keystone Cops mode. Or should I say 1970s & 80’s Ferrari pit stop mode? 🙂
Not looking good, gang. Not good at all.
Yet another lick of paint on our silly Potemkin Village