FIA Unveil Results of Online Survey

FIA president Max Mosley's attempts to take Formula One away from a technological showground and increase the role a driver plays in the outcome of races has been backed by the sport's fans

FIA Unveil Results of Online Survey

The results of the recent FIA/AMD Formula One Survey 2005 were published on Thursday and have indicated that the fans want more overtaking, more emphasis on driver skill, more teams and more races.

More than 93,000 fans responded to the survey, the biggest of its kind to have been conducted, and the results are now likely to be used by the FIA as it aims to finalise new regulations from the start of 2008.

Among the results from the survey were that 94 percent of fans want more overtaking, 74% want more emphasis on driver skill, 69% want more teams and 84% want 18 or more races in a season.

Mosley said: "Fans from all over the world agree that the most important challenge to F1 in the next five years is to maintain competitive racing. Many want to place more emphasis on driver skill and less on driver aids. It is also clear that the majority of fans are unhappy with the current qualifying system.

"These and other views will be an invaluable addition to the consultation process on the future rules of Formula One, which began formally this week. For the first time, fans' opinions will form an essential part of this process."

Mosley has long argued that there should be more driver input in Formula One and that technology should be taken away to help this cause. Some teams argue, however, that the sport should remain the ultimate technological battleground.

Although 80 percent of fans in the survey agreed that advanced technology sets F1 apart from other motor sports, 88 percent believed driver skill should be the most essential aspect of the sport and that 74 percent wanted more emphasis on driver skill than driver aids.

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