GPDA hits out at Formula 1 governance

By on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association, which represents the majority of Formula 1 drivers, has criticised the manner in which the sport is run, in a letter published on social media on Wednesday.

On behalf of the GPDA, chairman Alex Wurz, along with Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, signed the letter, which was addressed to the sport's 'stakeholders, followers, and fans.'

"We drivers love our sport! Since childhood, we dreamed of racing the fastest race cars from the top teams on the coolest tracks again the best drivers in the world. We seek competition and love F1 almost unconditionally, which makes us most probably the people with the purest interest for Formula 1, besides our fans.

"We feel that some recent rule changes – on both the sporting and technical side, and including some business directions – are disruptive, and do not address the bigger issues our sport is facing and in some cases could jeopardise its future success.

"We know that among the leaders of the sport – be it the owners, their representatives, the governing body, the teams or other stakeholders – every individual acts with the very best intentions. Therefore, the drivers have come to the conclusion that the decision-making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structure and prevents progress being made.

"Indeed, it can sometimes lead to just the opposite, a gridlock. This reflects negatively on our sport, prevents it being fit for the next generation of fans and compromises further global growth. We would like to request and urge the owners and all stakeholders of Formula 1 to consider restructuring its own governance.

"The future directions and decisions of Formula 1, be they short or long term, sporting, technical or business orientated should be based on a clear master plan. Such plan should reflect the principles and core values of Formula 1.

"We drivers stand united, offer our help and support for Formula 1 to keep it as such, and further to make it fit and exciting for many years and generations to come. It is important to state that this open letter is intended in the best interests of all and should not be seen as a blind and disrespectful attack."

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