Why Should Local Fans Be Any Less Significant in F1?

Senthilkumar RajappanCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - APRIL 05:  The car of Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari is seen in the rain during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 5, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Over the past two weeks, I have been left pondering on the question why the local fans have to be less significant than those in the European Continent.

I for one sure know that missing a live race is a big problem, I can very well relate even during the F1 times when Narain was with Jordan, I had to travel to near by town to watch F1 on ESPN Star Sports, (there was a litigation between ESS and the cable operator) it was really a tough choice.

But the twilight race had taken the charm of the after the race events which are quite an event for the drivers as well as for the fans. Look at the podium ceremony at Sepang you will know what I am trying to drive home. It was dark and of course the event at Sepang was not totally expected given the Meteorological report it was evident that it will rain, with a storm.

The local fans deserve much better and this event at Sepang should be more than enough to make a decision to start as earlier or as 2.00 local time, even going by that count I believe there are only two races which will have the timing issue, one is Australia and the other is the Malysian.

Singapore GP being a branded night race will not a worry, otherwise the calendar can accommodate the Sunday schedule a little earlier at the European Countries.

I know that F1 or for that matter many sports are run on TV commercial interests, at home we have Indian Premier League which has promised that it will host matches to Indian Standard Time.

But give them the due, without local fans its going to be an entertainment sans life and soul. We can construct grand stands and tracks and run a simulated game.

The people come to watch and listen to see the roar of the engine and the speed of the machines, and they need to see them in all glory and hopefully the organisers should realise this and make amends.

As when the F1 looks to reach out to the Formula 1 fans across the world let there be an initiative to see that the fans who pay also get their due entertainment value.