Former Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurz is fully enjoying the current F1 season. The Austria who currently works as an F1 analyst for Austrian television sees the viewing figures skyrocket in his home country and according to Wurz this is the result of human errors in the premier class of motorsport.
During the Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the race together because the two did not give each other an inch, a logical consequence of the exciting title fight between the two ruffs. According to Alexander Wurz, it is precisely those actions of the F1 drivers that ensure that Formula 1 is increasingly viewed. “We currently don’t have an F1 driver in Austria like you have in the Netherlands with Verstappen,” Wurz begins his story in a radiant Italian sun on the Monza circuit, there spoke Fpal in exclusive interview with the former Benetton driver about the current popularity of Formula 1.
“Despite the fact that we don’t have a driver of that level, the viewing figures in our country are rising enormously. That is nice to see, but we see that especially younger people are increasingly gearing up to the F1 races and that is even more important. In my eyes, this is happening because we are currently seeing beautiful duels in Formula 1 where human errors are made. For example, Hamilton made a bad start during the sprint qualifying at Monza. Those mistakes are made because there is a lot of pressure on the teams “And drivers. Because of that pressure you see that even the best drivers can make mistakes and that’s exactly what the fans want to see because they want to see that despite their great status, the drivers are just people after all.”
The tall Wurz also watches with satisfaction as the current F1 organization tries to implement some changes in the premier class of motorsport. “Sometimes I think, leave things as they are for a little longer, so that you can make a good balance. For example, you now see a great battle with the current generation of cars. Yet you always have to work to improve your product and that’s why it’s interesting to see what the impact of the sprint qualifying will be, because it changes the format of the race weekend and we need to take a few races to form a good opinion about this concept.”
“You don’t just have to look at yourself, but above all involve the fans in the process. We have to know what they think and the information you gather from the opinions of the fans, you can use to improve your own product. We currently see a modern form of a business development concept, where you try things out and optimize the model based on the reactions.I think that was a good choice by the F1 organization and that’s why I think we “We need to continue with this weekend format for now. Let’s try this concept in some more races and then see what the fans think.”