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Pat Symonds reveals: Liberty has monitored the emotions of followers

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(Motorsport-Complete.com) – Liberty Media leaves nothing to chance when researching and developing the new rules. Formula 1 veteran Pat Symonds revealed some of the most essential aspects of how the rights holders approach the task of creating better racing during the 'Autosport World Demonstrate' on Friday.

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“We are absolutely focused on used to be good for sport and used to be good racing,” explains the technical manager. “You would be amazed at the amount of analysis we are doing,” says the Briton on the demonstration stage.

Among other things, Liberty Media has observed the emotional reactions of followers saw races in front of screens. This was intended to determine whether the audience was particularly excited. “We wired people up while watching the races,” says Symonds.

“At least 15 ensure good races knowledgeable year “

The galvanic skin reaction of the test subjects to determine whether they were under stress. “This enabled us to classify their emotions while they were watching the races. From this we want to deduce which things [in einem Rennen] are important [, um Fans zu begeistern].”

The galvanic skin reaction works it is a change in skin conductance due to the production of sweat on the skin, which can be brought about by the intensity of emotions. This shows how excited a person is in a specific second.

Formula 1 took advantage of this method to find out which elements of a Gargantuan Prix work and which elements possibly harm the spectacle. For example, Symonds leads safety car phases. “Sometimes they bring races to life and sometimes they kill it too.”


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Together with numerous other research methods in other fields, Liberty Media tries to create a secret recipe that actually makes good racing. “Then we can try and design it, not just the technical regulations, but also the sporty ones.”

With these measures, Formula 1 wants to generate a higher quota of exciting races. But Symonds is also clear: “You will not 21 Get races like in Germany 2019. It won't happen. “

The rain race in Hockenheim caused chaotic scenes, a lot of excitement and some surprises – Daniil Kwjat on the podium, Lewis Hamilton only in ninth place. “But used to be we can try: At least 15 ensure really good races knowledgeable year, and six more pretty good ones. “

Lessons learned from psychology: In the end it matters

Part of a good race is the suspense, says Symonds. Instead of an exciting allotment right at the start of a race, a decision to win should only be made in the last laps – for psychological reasons.

“This is even a well-known psychological factor, called the climax effect. “, he says and explains:” If the end of a race is good, people judge it as good. If the middle of the race was good, but the end was more predictable, people don't appreciate the Gargantuan Prix more so well. “


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Liberty Media is aware of this, so you work closely with Mario Isola von Pirelli. “We want to find out how we can design tires so that we can deliver a sporting spectacle that leads to this effect.”

After a lot of resources last year in the completion of the technical Regulations for 2021 have flowed, you will now focus more on the sporting regulations and possible Focus changes.