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Who sounds the best (09:30)
F1 Fans vote with their eyes (09:30)
Who sounds the best
During the test last week in Jerez, TJ13 took some footage of the cars around the circuit, some of which has already shared. We also ran a poll asking you, the F1 community, what you thought of the sound. Here are the results.
|Option||% of votes|
|Surprisingly, I like it!||34%|
|Too early to say||28%|
|Better than I expected||23%|
So while there is a slight margin between those who like it and those that are still undecided, what do you think of the sound of each manufacturer? We have now had time to pull together a compilation of the footage we have that you can listen to below and vote on.
Please also comment below saying why you voted the way you did.
F1 Fans vote with their eyes
F1 TV audiences around the world are falling according to the annual global media report. F1 viewership has dropped by almost 50 million to 450 million in 2013. Further numbers quoted by Christian Sylt from the WSJ claim the viewership in Germany fell by 8.7% while in Brazil, “F1’s biggest single viewing market, also suffered as the audience dropped to 77.2 million from 85.6 million.”
Mr E has an answer of course and in the report puts this down to “the less-than-competitive nature of the final few rounds.” This is now toted as the driver for the double points at the final race of the season (or possibly the last three races).
However the report also recognises that pay per view has had an impact on the viewership numbers. In China and France there were 29.8 million and 16 million viewers lost respectively. It is not clear how many viewers are left in China but in France there remains about 10.2 million viewers, meaning the latter lost c61% of it’s viewership!
It appears that a mixed broadcasting schedule between pay-per-view and free-to-air works although one has to be careful with the numbers. Acknowledging that the viewership in the UK dropped during the first year both Sky Sports and BBC broadcasted F1 the report claims it rose by 1.7% to 29.1million viewers in 2013. But how much did it lose in 2012?
In its drive to secure future revenue from subscription channels is FOM busy killing the goose? With less eyes watching Formula 1 it will be even harder for teams to find sponsors and from the outrage about the double points idea one has to ask the question:
Will double points draw more people to Formula 1 or will they be put off by the look and sound of the new cars and the need for, in most cases, pay per view access?
Innovations of 2014 – McLaren suspension challenge
Something we will hear a lot off during the buildup to the first race and possibly throughout the season is the interpretation of the rules and what is deemed as within the ‘spirit of the regulations’. And with that we can expect formal protests and not so formal protests in the form of ‘requests for clarification’.
Last week TJ13 reported the first salvo of challenging innovations has been fired by none other than Adrian Newey saying “I have not seen the photos but as it is described, it sounds as though there are eight suspension elements, where only six are allowed. Moreover, there are clear rules for the width of the suspension.”
However, when asked by F1WEB.it if they have officially protested the suspension Red Bull replied, “We have no problem with it.” Hmmm… does this mean that the new version of the RB10 Newey is rumoured to be working on will have McLaren style rear suspension and a Lotus pitchfork nose?
As for the eyesores that are the noses of the 2014 creations.. afraid they will stay for at least this year. As ever, Mr Todt rules through silence and none provocative means. Bild reports that according to FIA sources the governing body has shelved the issue [of looks] for 2014 and that the nose designs are legal, albeit ugly, and that clarification to the rules can be expected in 2015.