F1 audience will not drop, says Rosenthal

ITV's Formula 1 anchorman Jim Rosenthal believes that his show's viewing figures will not be effected by Michael Schumacher wrapping up the world championship in record time at the French GP

F1 audience will not drop, says Rosenthal

Schumacher's fortuitous win at Magny-Cours handed him the world championship with six races remaining, but Rosenthal thinks the battle between Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard for the runner-up spot will be enough to continue attracting the same slice of the TV audience that F1 has managed so far this season.

"As a rule of thumb we continue to get figures of around two million for Saturday qualifying and four million for Sunday's race, which is regarded as highly successful," he told the Daily Mail.

"If last season when Schumacher won the title with four races remaining is any yardstick, there will be no dwindling of audiences now that the drivers' title has been decided. Motor racing fans tend to be loyal and supportive, wanting to see action in the middle and back of the back as well as up front."

Are you still interested in the outcome on the remaining races this season? Or do you think that now the title has been decided we may see better races?

Email your views to Autosport.editorial@haynet.com

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