Political crisis damaged F1 - poll

F1's long and bitter political war of the past months did some damage to the sport, according to a poll. Germany's RTL broadcaster reports that 18.9 per cent of surveyed fans indicated that their interest in Formula One has declined as a ...

F1's long and bitter political war of the past months did some damage to the sport, according to a poll.

Germany's RTL broadcaster reports that 18.9 per cent of surveyed fans indicated that their interest in Formula One has declined as a direct result of the saga.

73.2 per cent, meanwhile, said their interest in the sport remains the same in the wake of the Max Mosley power struggle and the F1 teams' breakaway threats.

It is now expected that the Concorde Agreement, a binding contract that will guarantee stability at least until the end of 2012, will be imminently signed off and ratified by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council.

It is hoped this can occur before this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"We are on a very good way to achieving the set goals," admitted Mercedes' Norbert Haug during a teleconference with German media this week.

The German said he hopes a new period of "cooperation" will follow.

"Confrontations must only occur when there is no alternative," Haug added, insisting that the FOTA teams are not "revolutionaries" but rather "the core of Formula One".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Norbert Haug
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