#F1Chat Special with @FormulaMoney’s Christian Sylt

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This week on #F1Chat we will be joined by Christian Sylt to talk about the financial side of Formula One, while we also discuss this week’s latest news.

Chris has been working in F1 for over a decade and writes for many newspapers, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Telegraph. He also works with many of F1’s sponsors, circuits and teams, as well as the sport’s decision makers, including Bernie Ecclestone. Chris also publishes an annual trade guide, Formula Money, with all the figures that matter about the business side of F1, from sponsorship values, race budgets and attendance data, and team finances, and its readers range from the teams and car manufacturers, to the top sponsors such as Santander, Shell and UBS, broadcasters and the circuits. He will be joining us tomorrow to answer any questions you have on what goes on behind the scenes in the business side of F1.

Have you got a question you would like to ask Chris about the business side of F1? Then send it to him, @FormulaMoney, during tomorrow’s #F1Chat. How about the loss of HRT in F1 and whether the sport needs more than 10 teams? Do you want to know more about how much it costs to host a Grand Prix and which circuits are the best attended. Will there be 20 Grands Prix this year or will it just be 19? Do you want to know the value of the exposure gained by each F1 sponsor and the cost of every point scored after every race? Do you want to know more about sponsorship in F1? How about the future of the sport and Bernie’s vision for the sport? Or how about Bernie himself? What about the financial impact of FanVision failing to reach an agreement with FOM to provide live timing, comms and video trackside?

Talking of FanVision, we’ll also be discussing this on tomorrow’s #F1Chat. What are your thoughts on the news that they won’t be in F1 in 2013? Have you been to a race and hired a FanVision unit? Do you rely on it for data and commentary? What will you do in 2013 – mobile data to use an app would be costly. The teams and media use FanVision too, how do you think this will impact them, if at all?

What were your thoughts on Helmut Marko’s comments on Mark Webber in the team’s Red Bulletin this week? Marko said: “It seems to me that Webber has on average two races per year where he is unbeatable, but he can’t maintain this form throughout the year. And as soon as his prospects start to look good in the world championship, he has a little trouble with the pressure that this creates.” He’s said this before the new season has even got underway, so have Red Bull made the right decision to keep Webber? How will this affect Webber?

Kovalainen said this week at he feels the top teams have overlooked him during his time at Caterham. He was quoted saying: “It’s a tricky situation that I’m in now, although people say you’ve driven well, you’ve done a good job, the fact is that 15th or 16th or 17th on paper that is not as good as someone who’s been sixth or seventh or eighth.” What are your thoughts on all of this?

Join us tomorrow at the usual time of 4pm Eastern US, 9pm UK, using the #F1Chat hashtag to answer the questions and to put your questions to Formula Money’s Christian Sylt. We look forward to chatting tomorrow.

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