Sunday, 03 december 2017, 05:33
Formula One's managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches has insisted that the sport's bosses knew there would be a lot of backlash at the decision to change the famous F1 logo, but believes that in time people will eventually warm to the new design.
The owners of F1, Liberty Media, have implemented plenty of changes since taking over operations, with many of the proposals proving controversial. One of the more polarising decisions has been to ditch the famous F1 logo in favour of a more modern design, and fans and famous figures in the sport alike have all given their opinion.
Lewis Hamilton has confessed he prefers the old logo, while the YouTube video of the new logo unveiling has received more 'dislikes' than 'likes' from fans. However, Bratches thinks that the backlash was inevitable.
"These are difficult changes - as it is any time you change a corporate mark, and particularly one around a passion brand," he said.
"The incumbent mark has been around for decades and it served the sport well. But we have not gone into this light heartedly, and we have given it a lot of thought.
"From my eye, it [the old logo] seemed to be dated, it seemed to not reflect where the sport could go. People have an opinion. And it is good people have an opinion because they care."
Liberty Media are looking to evolve the sport digitally and as well as the new logo they are implementing live-streaming, new television graphics, and new engine proposals. Bratches went on to say that F1 bosses are passionate about the new design which will take the sport forward.
"And, as the caretakers of this sport and brand, we feel very strongly about it. Ultimately we will demonstrate to the market place that this brand will survive and thrive", he continued.
"We understand in any logo change, whether it is a small modification or wholesale, people are going to have varied opinion. And that is good for the sport."
"Everybody has got an opinion in F1. I didn't think we would sneak away unscathed on that one."