UK FOTA Fans’ Forum another great success

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A ticket to the FOTA Fans’ Forum is quickly becoming one of the hottest in town, with the events preceding races in Canada and Britain this season drawing in some great crowds and providing a wonderful insight for the fans.

F1 can sometimes appear to put up a ‘brick wall’ to the fans who want to know more, but this project by FOTA (the Formula One Teams’ Association) certainly succeeds in rectifying this situation by allow ticket holders to put their questions to a panel of Formula One personnel, made up of drivers and team principals.

The event held in London yesterday drew in a sizeable crowd, welcomed by a Marussia and McLaren car outside of the venue and with a driver panel consisting of Valtteri Bottas, Max Chilton (pictured) and Daniel Ricciardo, they certainly were not going to leave disappointed.

The questions posed to the drivers ranged from their personal heroes and favorite eras of Formula One to rather more tenuous yet relevant topics such as mortality and – of course – tires. All of the drivers and team principals handled the questions in their usual friendly and knowledgeable manner, even if the questions did sometimes rival those of an FIA press conference in terms of difficulty.

It is events such as these which keeps Formula One in such a healthy state, allowing the fans to feel included and truly valued by the sport. Details for the next FOTA Fans’ Forum have yet to be confirmed, but be sure to visit the FOTA website for updates.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”