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New circuits and technology prove a hit 13 Jul 2005

Timo Glock (GER) Jordan EJ14.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, 26 September 2004

A number of interesting aspects emerged from the recent survey about Formula One racing conducted by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, on its website - most notably the desire for even more races, and the importance of technology in the sport.

Formula One racing has travelled to a number of new destinations in recent seasons, including China and Bahrain, and the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix is coming up next month. In a strong endorsement of the sport’s globalisation, almost 70 percent of survey respondents said it should travel to even more new territories.

And it seems this year’s 19-race calendar - the longest in the sport’s history - is popular too. Well over 80 percent said they want 18 or more Grands Prix per season, with close to a third eager to go as high as 21 or more events in a year.

Concerning Formula One racing’s reputation as a high-tech series, 80 percent of respondents agreed that technology sets it apart from other motor sports. Furthermore, almost two thirds said they look forward to the technical innovations each season and that Formula One racing currently showcases the most advanced technology in motorsport.

According to the FIA, a total of 93,000 people completed the survey.