F1 News

2013 end of season TV audience drop triggered double points

Posted on by
F1 fans Italian GP
F1 fans Italian GP
F1 fans Italian GP

F1 fans Italian GP

The reason for F1's controversial move to a 'double points' finale has emerged, after the sport haemorrhaged 50 million television viewers late in 2013.

That is the claim of F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, even revealing in the Wall Street journal an almost 9 per cent audience decline in dominant world champion Sebastian Vettel's native German market.

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that the less healthy television numbers are due to "the less-than-competitive nature of the final few rounds" of 2013.

The news also shows why Ecclestone is pushing so hard for the 'double points' concept to be trebled to the final 3 races of the season, despite the fan backlash.

Mercedes' Toto Wolff, however, likened the backlash to a "sh**storm" and said the fans cannot be ignored.

"Was it (double points) the right move? 99 per cent of our fans and spectators thought it was the wrong move so perhaps it is something to revisit," he told reporters at Jerez last week.

"(But) things need to be done when you see TV audiences dipping, you need to try out things," Wolff acknowledged.

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter


Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Each subscriber has a change to win one of our
2017 F1-Fansite.com Photo Calendars!.
Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2016 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix

Book F1 Tickets Mexican F1 GP Mexico '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Brazilian F1 GP Brazil '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Abu Dhabi F1 GP Abu Dhabi '16Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australian F1 GP Australia '17AvialableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets China F1 GP China '1710% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Spanish F1 GP Spain '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Austrian F1 GP Austria '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets British F1 GP UK '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Belgium '1725% discountBook Now


Will Hulkenberg deliver the 'giant leap" for Renault?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls