Petition Tag - f1

1. Channel 10 in Australia must show all F1 races live

While a “partnership” with Fox Sports boasts of “more Formula 1 coverage than ever before on Australian TV”, the bad news is that fans will be forced to pay for this privilege.

Channel Ten will show only half of the 20 grands prix on the 2015 calendar, those 10 races simulcast with Fox.

Stand by for a huge blow-up by local F1 enthusiasts accustomed to watching qualifying and races live on a free-to-air channel.

Minimum cost to get access to Foxtel’s coverage of the races missing from free-to-air broadcasts is $750 for customers new to the pay TV service. There are many fans in Australia who can’t afford pay TV, or who don’t want pay TV, or don’t have access to pay TV.

They won’t give a stuff that for the first time Australian viewers can watch all F1 practice sessions as well as qualifying and races (provided they have a Foxtel sports package).

Network Ten today announced it had extended its long-term partnership of more than a decade with Formula One Management to broadcast the FIA F1 World Championship until the end of the 2019 season. The devil is in the detail.

Clearly the junior (and fiscally inferior) partner in the relationship with Fox Sports, Ten has sub-licensed its pay TV buddy the rights to show all F1 practice, qualifying and races live across the duration of the deal.

Weighting the F1 coverage heavily in favour of pay TV mirrors the deal V8 Supercars has entered this year, swapping eyeballs (on free-to-air) for dollars (thanks to Fox).
The heavy pay TV component of the coverage of F1 in Australia is a savage blow to passionate F1 followers, but not such a surprise as it follows recent trends in other countries, Britain for example.

In that market only a select number of GPs are now shown free-to-air on the BBC, with only pay-channel Sky having the exclusive live rights.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s vow of years ago that grand prix racing would always be shown live and free on television now seems very empty. The TV landscape has changed rapidly, though, along with Bernie’s mind.

Shedding 25 million viewers last year hasn’t shaken Ecclestone’s push to pay TV. The magnetic appeal of pay TV to Ecclestone is its preparedness to stump up way more money than free-to-air organisations such as Ten and the BBC because big and popular sports events like F1 drive subscriber numbers.

Network Ten proudly boasts that it will show the Australian round of the FIA Formula One World Championship for the next five years, covering practice sessions, qualifying and the race, at Melbourne’s Albert Park, with Mark Webber commentating at the AGP in 2015 and 2016.

Fox Sports and channel 10 need to show all races live on free to air television.

2. Petition to Save FORMULA1

Formula1 has always been the most advanced, fastet and most spectacular Motorsport on this earth.

But in the last years the development has gone in the wrong directions.

Too little noise, too less action, way to expensive!

Time for a change.

3. Bring real engines and excitement back to f1!

Formula 1 has always been where you go for excitement, engine noise and adrenaline fueled racing. Over the last year the spectacle has all but gone thanks to poor rule making which does not take into account the needs of the spectator.

Look at the slump in viewers over the past year. The sport would be better off with a return to V12, V10 or V8 engines. These engines have already been developed and would be easy to return to.

4. Broadcast all F1 Races on the BBC

In 2012 it was announced that the BBC will not be broadcasting every F1 race in full.

5. Bring the Formula 1 Grand Prix back to Adelaide!

F1 to Adelaide Campaign links:

Original Petition:

This attracted 4 time F1 World Champion Alain Prost and Liberal Politician the Hon. Christopher Pyne to sign it along with many other South Australians and fans around the world.

In late 2011, the Official F1 to Adelaide Twitter Page was launched and has received some big name support from F1 driver Riccardo Patrese, McLaren, Touring car drivers Tom Coronel and Yvan Marshall and European Le Mans Driver Jack Clarke as well as Politicians and local councils from South Australia and Interstate as well as media personalities.

Official Twitter Page please follow: @F1toAdelaide

The Official F1 to Adelaide Promo Video was launched on Youtube and has received over 400 hits! It can be viewed here:

In early January FIA President Jean Todt replied in an email saying: "There are many of us in F1 that would like to race in Adelaide again."

The positive benefits in bringing F1 back to Adelaide:

•Bernie Ecclestone said he will subsidise the costs of hosting the Australian Grand Prix if it becomes a night race.

•It will bring in thousands of Tourists from all corners of the globe to visit our city and other main attractions during race week.

•It will put Adelaide back on the map.

•It will stop other cities abusing us and calling us a "Backwater, Retirement Village or the Whinger City."

•It will help our local small and large businesses.

•It will help our falling Retail Industry especially in places like Rundle Mall.

•It will create new Full Time and Short Term jobs and it will also help our local economy.

•It will showcase our city once again to the whole world that we can host world class events.

•It will show that our Government and our State does have the confidence to do great things instead of holding back all the time.

•It will make our city become a Super Event City and keep the name "The Festival State."

•It will be showcased to millions of viewers worldwide since Formula 1 is the second most watched sport in the world after the FIFA World Cup.

•Putting the race alongside the Clipsal 500 in November would make us have the biggest Motorsporting Festival in the World.

•It will bring big celebrities to our city.

•We could have the possibility of seeing an Australian competing for the World Championship on our very own soil.

6. No F1 in brutal Bahrain

The 2011 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution is a series of demonstrations, amounting to a sustained campaign of civil resistance, in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain.

As part of the revolutionary wave of protests in the Middle East and North Africa following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia, the Bahraini protests were initially aimed at achieving greater political freedom and equality for the majority Shia population, and expanded to a call to end the monarchy of King Hamad following a deadly night raid on 17 February against protesters at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

Protesters in Manama camped out for days at the Pearl Roundabout, which functioned as the centre point of protests there. After a month, the government requested troops and police from the Gulf Cooperation Council, which arrived on 14 March, and a day later, the king of Bahrain declared martial law and a three-month state of emergency.

The police response has been described as a "brutal" crackdown on peaceful and unarmed protestors, including doctors and bloggers. The police carried out midnight house raids in Shia neighborhoods, beatings at checkpoints, and denial of medical care in a campaign of intimidation. More than 2,929 people have been arrested, and at least four people have been returned dead after being detained in custody.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry was established on 29 June 2011 by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to assess the incidents that occurred in the Kingdom during the period of unrest in February and March 2011 and the consequences of these events. The Commission reported its findings on 23 November 2011.

Well it's not SAFE for us and we want the world to put on the table the human rights FIRST not the money & the interests.

If the news about the return of F1 in the US passed you by, that could be because the most discussed issue of the recently released 2012 Formula One calendar was the inclusion of the Grand Prix of Bahrain.

Canceled in 2011, Bahrain is experiencing what some have called a “human rights” issue and others have leveled torture and other crimes at the hands of the ruling royal family’s government. The year 2011 has seen a series of challenges and human rights concerns in the Middle East.

The 2011 race was eventually canceled due to the political unrest in the nation kingdom but the government of Bahrain says it’s safe to come back and 2012 is looking fine. !!

1. Two protesters sentenced to death were convicted -under torture- of murdering two policemen in April. Bahrain's state-run news agency said the Cassation Court on Monday postponed their appeals' hearing until Jan9 2011

The appeal hearing before a civilian court of 20 Bahraini health professionals sentenced by a military court has been postponed until 9 January.

The 20 health professionals were sentenced on 29 September 2011 to between five and 15 years in prison, by a military court, in connection with popular anti-government protests in February and March. On 28 November they attended the second hearing of their appeal before the High Criminal Court of Appeal. An Amnesty International delegation was present in court, as were delegations of other NGOs and foreign media.

3. The movement in Bahrain on 2011 started on Feb14 and this date was chosen because it was the tenth anniversary of a referendum in favour of the National Action Charter of Bahrain.[43] Bahraini youths described their plans as an appeal for Bahrainis "to take to the streets on Monday 14 February in a peaceful and orderly manner" in order to rewrite the constitution and to establish a body with a "full popular mandate to investigate and hold to account economic, political and social violations, including stolen public wealth, political naturalisation, arrests, torture and other oppressive security measures, [and] institutional and economic corruption."[1] They referred to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt as motivations for their appeal.

So it's expected to have another protests on that date again.

Bahrain admits using 'excessive force' during protests

And after days,,
Torture Used on Protesters in Bahrain, Report Says

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone remains hopeful that the Bahrain GP will go ahead in 2012, but admits he may have to change his mind if definitive evidence of human rights abuses came to light.

7. Bring F1 United States Grand Prix to Chicago in 2012

I firmly believe that Chicago can host the 2012 United States Grand Prix.

The United States has not seen a Formula 1 race on its soil since 2007. The USGP in Austin is on the verge of being canceled. The Grand Prix of America in New Jersey is is still two years away. There is a massive amount of interest in Formula 1 in the United States - and Chicago is the perfect place to host it.

8. Formula 1 on SBS

Channel Ten and its sports off-shoot, ONEHD, have improved Australia's coverage of Formula One substantially over the last few years. However, the excellent coverage provided by the host broadcaster BBC TV cannot and will not be matched for Australian viewers while a commercial provider has the Australian broadcast rights.

SBS or ABC would provide an excellent solution to the poor state of Formula 1 television broadcast rights in Australia. Australian Formula 1 fans have suffered long enough, and it is time the world's most watched form of motorsport had a suitable home on Australian Free-to-air television.

9. Your Help is needed to "Save The Nürburgring"

From 2007 - 2009 the German government built a huge Leisure Park at the Nürburgring. It is based on fake visitor numbers, over sized and badly executed. Most of the time it is an empty ghost town. Once promised as private investment, it is now based on a debt of 350+ million EUR public money.

Instead of pulling the plug they rented the park, including both race tracks to exactly the same privateers who were driving forces behind the Leisure Park's initial private setup.

Without Racing experience they are since experimenting with events completely unrelated to Motor-sport all under the iconic "Nürburgring" brand name.

They now want Nordschleife to pay for the huge losses. Tourist drives are at a record high, plus a 5 times increase in rent for the automotive industry for their prototype testing sessions.

What Needs To Be Done?

Separate Nordschleife from ring°park.
Let Nürburgring be Motor-sport.
Value the great heritage and tradition, rather than Roller Coasters.
Let the Ring be run by Motor-sport experts.

Please show your support and sign the petition.

To find out more please visit.


10. Formula one fans united in their support of FOTA and it's cause

FOTA wants to help F1 move forward where as the FIA wants to see it's grip on power secured.

11. Employ Full-Time F1 Stewards

For the good of Formula 1, there needs to be Full-Time and Professional F1 Stewards- not only for their qualified viewpoints, but also consistency throughout the season.

Too often we see one rule for some and another for others, and lately its getting all too common for the official results to be declared hours, days and weeks after the chequered flag!

12. Stop changing F1 results after podium celebrations

After a spectacular season opening race in Melbourne, it was extremely annoying to hear that soon after the result ceremony, Jarno Trulli had been given a 25 second penalty, relegating him to 12th.

The situation of the final result changing after the awards ceremony is becoming far too commonplace in Formula 1 and is ruining the spectator’s enjoyment of the podium celebrations.

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and Formula 1 Administration should first and foremost consider rule changes that benefit the spectacle of the sport therefore the following rule change should be considered.

“After the podium celebrations, the result of the race cannot be altered unless there has been gross misconduct by one of the teams (i.e. the car has been found to be illegal).”
This will ensure that the TV and trackside spectators are guaranteed that the result that they witness is the final result.

“If after the awards ceremony is complete, it was ruled that a driver was involved in a misdemeanour or a rule infringement then the penalty options are; a fine to the driver/team or a grid-place penalty in the following race.”

13. Bring Back James Allen!

James Allen, love him or hate him, was an excellent commentator.

Yes, at times he may have been a little biased or hot headed. But one thing he was and remains is PASSIONATE. James lives and breathes F1.

This is why we think James should join the BBC as a commentator alongside Martin Brundle.

A few little steps could lead to a big change if we try!

1 # Complain to the BBC using the online form (will take less than 2-3 mins max) at:

2 # Fill out our petition form, and we will complain to the BBC in one big uber complaint.

3 # Email your friends, relatives and fellow F1 fans and get them to sign up too! The more the merrier!

Add us on our newly created Twitter account:

For more about James Allen, see:

Thank you!

14. Formula 1 - Forget "Most Wins", Keep The Points System!

Formula 1 has introduced a new points system that will result in the driver with most wins crowned world champion.

The current points system will still operate to decide a tie if two drivers have the same wins and to define all other championship positions.

The new rules were approved by the World Motor Sport Council of governing body the FIA at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday.

“The WMSC accepted the proposal from Formula One Management to award the drivers’ championship to the driver who has won the most races during the season,” an FIA statement read.

“If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of wins, the title will be awarded to the driver with the most points, the allocation of points being based on the current 10, 8, 6 etc. system.

“The rest of the standings, from second to last place, will be decided by the current points system".

The F1 section on BBC 606 was almost unanimously against this change. Fan surveys are against this change.

And most importantly, you, the hardcore F1 viewer, have the chance to register your disapproval of this rule change!

Please help us attract the attention of the FIA and get this rule overturned before the start of the 2009 F1 season.

15. Sir Jackie Stewart for FIA president

Sir Jackie is one of the most respected men in the world of motorsport and this petition is a direct appeal for him to stand for the FIA presidency in 2009.

For too long have us fans been ignored by people who seem not to care about what is right and instead have made a mockery of one of the best forms of motorsport - Formula One.

Sir Jackie has shown that he is the right man for the job and would bring a new dawn to our favourite sport.
With Sir Jackie at the helm Formula One can thrive and can become more fan friendly not to mention fair, all the biased decisions would stop and we can finally have fair races.

Please Sir Jackie will you consider standing for FIA President.

16. Dedicated Motorsport channel in NZ!

Motorsport in New Zealand has a huge fan base, but is considered to be 'second fiddle' to most other sports such as Rugby, Cricket and Netball. Even though Motorsport was the 2nd most watch sport after rugby in New Zealand it still doesn't get the footage it deserves.

If Sky had a dedicated Motorsport channel then we would see an improvement in the quality of motorsport coverage in NZ and also a boost to the people competing in NZ and overseas.

17. BBC TV Formula 1 2009 Theme tune

We would like to appeal to Mr Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC to make sure that the theme music to the 2009 and onward screening of Formula 1, is the much loved and historically acclaimed opening break from Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain'.

This would restore a much loved and faithful feel to the program and take us back to the BBC F1 glory days of the 70's and 80's. We appreciate we can't have Murray Walker or Ayrton Senna, but this would go a long way to both injecting a little nostalgia into the show for the vintage crowd as well as giving new F1 fans a taste of how life was 'back in the good old days'.

18. Bring Michael Schumacher back to Formula 1

He is easily the most successful driver ever to have driven in Formula 1.

When he won his sixth championship in 2003, he surpassed Juan Manuel Fangio, whom everyone considered to be the greatest driver ever. Then he went on to add another championship, increasing his tally to seven.

No one can ever come close, or hope to match him. True, he may have been very controversial, but Schumacher won a huge number of fans, and his loss couldn't really have done Formula 1 any good.

His retiring at the top of his game only adds to this perception. And to confirm it, he comes back for his first test after a year, and tops the timesheets on the first day.

Now we have potentially another Schumacher in the form of Lewis Hamilton. Formula 1's viewing figures would soar if the people got to see a season of Schumacher vs Hamilton, the old versus the new. Isn't this opportunity too good to pass?

If you think so, please sign this petition.