Post-Hungary, before heading off on holiday, I suggested in this column that while the BBC/Sky scenario may not be quite what Formula 1 fans have at present (an excellent, live, free service), we should look at the positives because it could have been worse.
A couple of readers responded suggesting that I didn't know what I was talking about. One of them wrote: "No amount of positive spinning is going to alter the fact that the fans feel they've been screwed, and constantly repeating the 'BBC had to make cuts' mantra isn't going to change a single opinion - if anything it just makes people even more bitter and resentful."
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I can understand the sentiment, obviously, but I couldn't avoid a wry smile when the reader asked: "Seriously though, does anyone inside F1 have even the faintest idea what it's like to be an F1 fan? Does anyone actually give a damn about the people who ultimately pay for F1?"
Well, sorry to disappoint you, but the majority of those inside F1 are in fact just that - fans. From ex-drivers turned broadcasters, through administrators and technicians - most are die-hard racing enthusiasts.
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