Ferrari started an online survey a few weeks ago asking fans if they liked the 2014 version of Formula 1. Today the team have released the results:

Maranello, 3 April –The poll which began a few days ago on www.ferrari.com to sound out people’s opinion on the show put on by the new Formula 1, has come to an end with over 50,000 fans expressing an opinion.

83% are disappointed with the new format, dismissing it mainly because of the drivers being forced to lift off to save fuel. In addition, the fans don’t like the noise from the new engines and are confused by rules that are too complicated.

Interesting to note that the “no” vote increased dramatically after the Malaysian Grand Prix. The most vociferous in their opinions were the Italians, British, French and Australians, these countries having long links to Formula 1. But there were also plenty of votes from large countries such as the United States and India.

Our own survey showed that 70% of respondents did not like the new sound of Formula 1 with 20% saying they did like it and 10% responding that they were indifferent to the issue.

 

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Rapierman
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Rapierman

Mind you, both polls are unscientific, but what they say is telling.

Lopek
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Lopek

They are not telling at all if the methodology is flawed as they are.

The Ferrari poll is a joke that was easily abused with multiple votes per person to skew the results. It also did not ask people for reasons for their response so the “dismissing it mainly because…” is just made up.

Utterly pointless.

Fast Freddy
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Fast Freddy

Could it be that Ferrari fans are upset because they are not winning?

peterriva
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peterriva

I do wish they would find a remedy. Years ago when GE were developing a new turbine jet engine, they described it as an “unducted fan” engine. One serious aviation expert expressed his disdain it this way: “Don’t tell me what it isn’t… tell me what it is.”
F1 seems caught in that loop… limited rev engines, limited fuel engines, limited tires, limited downforce, limited race time, limited testing… F1 has become all about limitation not possibilities.

jeff
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jeff

That’s a very interesting perspective; rather than subliminally reinforce the limitations (negatives), elucidate the positives. In order, “wider power band, developing higher power density, more sturdy tires, more driver influence/challenging cars, more mid-race pushing, post-race testing”… something like that?

An what is an unducted fan engine? Like the propeller of a windmill, or a turbo compressor w/o the housing? sounds interesting, if mighty inefficient in a low density/viscosity medium.

mini696
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mini696

I was thinking the other day that by limiting the fuel flow to 100kg/hr the eliminated the possibility of cars running out of fuel.

Limit-ception has made F1 boring.

Yeti
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Yeti

A survey which only takes yes or no cannot lead to the conclusion that it is mainly because of the drivers being forced to lift off to save fuel, the lack of noise and the complicated rules. This conclusion is just propaganda from Ferrari against the rules. Moreover in another poll on the site 47% of the voters think the rules are clear. :) Besides, the racing has not really worsened since the last couple of years, where drivers needed to save the tyres (which they still do). Second half of last year the races where boring as well, with… Read more »

Schmorbraten
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Schmorbraten

Banging a propaganda drum the cheap way isn’t rare, but why does Ferrari stoop so low? If they were interested in fans’ opinions they could’ve done a professional poll, but the way they did it shows they just wanted some applause for their whining. What’s their alternative? Removing the turbos? Increase the fuel limit, throwing away the efficiency gains after trumpeting them? Mandate higher revs, which would decrease the efficiency and therefore make the cars slower overall? They’ll know that the FIA cannot reasonably revert to the old formula, so they just want to deflect the blame, instead of working… Read more »

jeff
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jeff

I started writing a post scathing the poll (Ferrari website in midst of terrible year, of course Tifosi vote certain way, verbiage, statistical limitation, conjecture, etc.), but realized my irritation stemmed from reading into the title. If NC had written something like “Ferrari poll shows…” I’d have accepted the post as is. It’s similar to the “No F1 in Long Beach…” post, which reads as if the city had chosen Indycar over F1 rather than a consideration to encite a bidding war. Perhaps further editing and fact-checking, as well as delineation between article and editorial, will help the confusion. Accurately… Read more »

jeff
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jeff

Edit: I forgot to mention the Long Beach article COULD be accurate, Indycar to LB through 2018; some news sites are saying it’s been ratified, and F1 has right to bid thereafter. Others are saying the vote’s still to come, and the floor’s still open. Clarification would be great here.

Lopek
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Lopek

Totally agree, this post has a very poor title.

UAN
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UAN

I guess the poll (or title of the post) should be “83% of Ferrari fans who bothered to come to the Ferrari site and vote disappointed…”

In other news, Ferrari took down another poll showed 98% of Tifolsi are disappointed that Ferrari yet again can’t give Fernando a competitive car…

Adam Vella
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Adam Vella

I have been banging on about this for a few weeks now. The FIA got it wrong! not about the tech side, they simply took the soul out of F1 (noise) The sound is F1’s trade mark and no matter if you follow F1 or not, if you ask someone to make the sound of an F1 car, it would be loud and high pitched.

Horns
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Horns

If I was a Ferrari fan, I’d be disappointed, too.

Incidentally, as someone who’s heard the new cars in the flesh – the sound is fine. This is all about certain elements in the sport angling for a change in the rules that will improve their chances of winning.

Tom (@thomin)
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Tom (@thomin)

I really don’t get all the fuss…let them race a couple of races and then see how it all turns out. Granted, if you don’t like the sound, that’s something you can judge from day 1. However, the format is so much more than sound, quite the contrary, sound is incidental.

I for one blame the media. They love to play up controversies, so the fans have been bombarded by opinions about how terrible this all is. Fuelgate certainly hasn’t helped either as most fans only got a very abridged picture.

UAN
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UAN

First we have Red Bull pushing back on the flow meters and some folks think that RBR is just throwing their toys out of the pram because they aren’t winning. Now we have Ferrari playing their own version of politics to change the landscape of F1. I wonder if the same folks who are criticizing RB will criticize Ferrari for throwing their toys out of the pram. I’m incline to give RB a little more benefit of a doubt – at least they are hanging their hat on a very specific technical regulation, not a fuzzy poll :). If nothing… Read more »

jiji the cat
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jiji the cat

i see many people stating the poll was floored due to its wording and answer restrictions etc etc…..

didn’t the FIA set the standard for F1 polls a few years ago…..;)

Ted
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Ted

What about Red Bull? I am not going to watch F1 anymore because I believe that the FIA deliberately destroyed the dominate car that Red Bull was able to field! This new format is intended to allow Mercedes and Ferrari to catch up. Well, in my book, that is cheating!! I think that Mercedes and/or Ferrari paid someone off in the FIA to get these rule changes in place. I was an F1 fanatic, but now, not so much!!

jiji the cat
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jiji the cat

oh please…. thats just nonsense.

Whenever a manufacturer has dominated, inevitably the regs have changed to reset the pecking order. you don’t have to go that far back when it happened to Ferrari, prior it was Williams, prior to that McLaren etc etc. Remember reactive suspension? Traction control? Launch Control? etc etc.