F1 bosses are meeting in Paris today, Apr. 1 2009, to approve plans for a radical new rule change which will see fans decide the outcome of races and the Formula One World Championship.
The new changes being called ‘The Apr. 1 agreement’ come after a proposed scheme to transform the points scoring system were scrapped following F1 teams anger over the suddenness of the changes.
Consequently, these new proposals are causing similar antagonism. One senior F1 team figure asking “Are they taking us for fools?”
The new changes will work like this:
Friday free practice and Saturday Qualifying will be scrapped in favour for a two day voting period in which fans can call and text to a central phone number selecting which Formula One driver they would like the win the respective Grand Prix.
For example, a person can text ‘F1’ followed by ‘DRIVERS NAME’ to ‘(hotline number) or alternatively call (hotline number) and press the number of the driver they want to win on their keypad.
Calls and text messages will be charged at a rate, yet to be decided, and converted into various world currencies.
Voting will end at 6 PM, regional time on Saturday.
On Sunday the race will take place, and the driver receiving the highest number of votes will finish in first, the driver with second highest number of votes will finish second, and so forth.
In the event of a tie, the remaining contenders will engage in a ‘sudden death’ one lap race and the driver to cross the line first wins. At the last race of the season, fans will have the additional opportunity of voting for the driver they want to win the world championship.
To top it all off, fans who takes part in the democratic process, will automatically be entered into a draw to win a VIP pass to enter the paddock of the first race of the following season.
The winner will be drawn by the winner of the world championship at the last race of the season.
One F1 insider said “This is the best thing that could happen to F1. After all, it’s all about the fans! Now they’ll have the chance to take part in deciding who wins—and they could win a prize at the end of it.”
When an ordinary F1 fan was asked about what they thought of the proposed changes, they replied “F1 is too predictable at the moment, this will change everything. There’s also no way races can be fixed either. I’m backing it all the way.”
Others were less supportive, another fan asking “You are joking right? I’ll never watch F1 again.”
Insiders say the proposals come from Columbian Juan Ola Kyrian Enrique, who will be presenting the exact plans to F1 bosses later.
Whatever happens, the new rule changes are sure to add even more excitement to a season already full of changes and shake ups.