Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has issued his own response in agreement to the open letter published by the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) which called for urgent reform in the governance of the sport.
The GPDA published an open letter on Wednesday urging reform to the sport’s ‘ill-structured’ and ‘obsolete’ decision-making structures. A number of those bodies – most notably the F1 Strategy Group and its rubber-stamping F1 Commission – were implemented by Ecclestone, who has agreed that the current structures are unhelpful.
That Ecclestone has aligned to the drivers is of little surprise given he has himself complained at what he sees as the stranglehold of Mercedes and Ferrari in the current rule-making process.
The F1 Strategy Group – made up of the six leading teams, the FIA and Ecclestone – was set up by Ecclestone in an attempt to give himself more power, but in recent months he has found himself being outvoted by the teams and the governing body.
Ecclestone has also attracted warranted criticism for his attempts to introduce of a number of ideas, including the unpopular double points finale at Abu Dhabi in 2014, changes in qualifying formats and an attempt to impose a cheap alternative ‘spec’ engine that would compete alongside the current turbo hybrid power units.
Mr Ecclestone’s cheekily-worded response can be viewed below:
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