Australian F1 fans are this week rejoicing in local hero Mark Webber even more than usual.
Pressure applied by the Red Bull driver was reportedly instrumental in returning the sport to the live television airways in Australian capital cities. Fans were outraged with Australian broadcaster Ten’s decision to take Formula One from its high definition channel One, which in turn meant viewers in Perth and Adelaide had no live coverage at all.
Angry fans bombarded Ten’s Facebook and Twitter pages with criticism abuse, and urged Webber to help their cause. Webber obliged.
“Come on (Ten), I hear our great Australian motor sport fans are not happy with rescheduling of timings of the GPs,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let’s go live.”
Within an hour, Ten reinstated Perth and Adelaide’s live broadcasts — and in full HD.
“The next time Ten wants to tangle with its motor sport audience, perhaps they should ask Mark Webber first,” read a report at The Australian newspaper.