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Social media reaction swift, decisive against F1’s rule changes

Dec 10, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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Yesterday, the FIA announced a raft of rule changes that ran the gamut from double points being offered for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, permanent numbers for drivers, a yet-undetermined number for a cost cap for 2015, and five-second penalties being introduced.

When we asked for your thoughts on Twitter, you responded in great numbers, and almost universally negative against the double points idea. Meanwhile the other three items of the day didn’t get quite as many responses. Still, the rulemakers appear to have made their decisions without consulting some of Formula One’s most important people first: the paying customers.

We gathered your tweets and assembled them into the below Storify feature, for a round-up of reaction to yesterday’s news.

[View the story “Twitter responds to FIA rule changes” on Storify]

  1. cruncher1201 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    They actually feel the need to commercialize F1? Come on, it’s the most popular form of motorsport in the entire world. Is this an attempt to get some New York money? I have news for them, it took several failed attempts and, now with MLS, about 10-15 years for the United States to embrace soccer…

  2. markdartj - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    One more example of trying to improve competition with more rules. It never works. As for the paying customer’s input, you should know by now that they don’t matter. What does matter are the big corporate grand poo bahs who write the checks so the teams can keep competing. In most cases, they really aren’t F-1 fans, and really don’t care as long as their name shows up on the TV. Nothing in F-1 is done “for the fans”. I think the people who make the rules really don’t have a clue, and probably never even watch the sport. If anything, F-1 needs fewer rules.

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