Ecclestone Announces Improved Media Coverage for 2009 Seson
According to autosport.com, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone revealed that the aforementioned information will likely be available for the TV viewers starting 2009. What the FIA is now expecting is a written request from the Formula One Teams Association on the future details of the offer.
Ecclestone insisted, however, that those data analysis existed within the F1 paddock in the past, only it wasn't eligible for media coverage because the teams wanted it that way. He praised FOTA decision to “come to their senses”, as the teams' body was the first to discuss the matter during their latest meeting in Geneva.
“We've been a bit strung up with our graphics because although we had the information (before), we couldn't use it. It was the same with the 'ship-to-shore' radio. It was interesting for viewers but the teams said we can't use it. It was complete nonsense. We are in the entertainment business and these teams forget that. I think they are waking up now,” said Ecclestone.
Here is what the FOTA is proposing, as shown in a statement from the teams' body after their meeting in Geneva earlier this month.
- Increased data provision for media
- Explore means by which the presentation of Formula One action can be more informatively and dynamically presented, common to other sports such as tennis and cricket, to dramatically improve engagement with the public
- Nominated senior team spokesman available for TV during grand prix
- Commitment to enhance consumer experience via team and FOTA websites
- Mandatory driver autograph sessions during grand prix weekends