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Old 28 Jul 2017, 13:13 (Ref:3755064)   #14
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Originally Posted by broadrun96 View Post
I think they all know exactly what they are getting in to and know the marketing of the EVENT is what sells for them on the street, the innovation is what sells to the board.

Which do you think sells better to new fans, an afternoon event with everything from noon-6 pm in a city or a weekend event with gaps in the schedule and a commitment from the fan to travel out to the event? You can hate it all you want but honestly, they probably have ZERO interest in attracting old race fans. They are looking for the fans who weren't in to racing but might be attracted by something completely different.
Yup. Good insight.

We "old-school" fans have a view of how racing is, has been, and should be ... and we are a dying breed, literally.

Modern "fans" and potential fans have a completely different set of expectations .. and generally are less willing to commit time, attention, and energy (to anything.) They want immediate gratification, sensory overload, constant variety ... they need to have three data streams running all the time or they fall asleep.

A six-Hour race? Six minutes is an eternity to these people. These are people who want to go downtown, eat, shop, text, instagram their selfies, and in between be diverted by street musicians, people-watching, and oh, look, here come those cars going by again! Wow, that's like three time they have passed by here!

If FIA has a single member with a brain, s/he will insist on a few things: low cost to competitors, short events, short circuits, in-city circuits. Today's fans don't show a lot of signs of being thrilled by tech, except in how they can use it---they want to see results, they don't want to see the code.

They want spectacle ... they don't care about the relative efficiency of two different battery/motor packages, the tradeoffs between different systems .... this car has more downforce and less drag ... Dude, talking about all that stuff is a drag. Here, let me post this picture of a pizza slice on Facebook.

I don't often agree with Broadrun, but this time he is right.
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