Formula 1’s drivers have made the extraordinary move of publicly criticising the direction that Grand Prix racing is heading, calling for reforms in what it describes as its ‘obsolete’ and ‘ill-structured’ governance and rule-making structures.
After a number of individual drivers – including the likes of World Championship-winners Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton – have aired concerns that the sport is heading down the wrong path with its latest round of rule changes, the representative Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) has penned an open letter to the sport’s powerbrokers.
Its chief figures, directors Jenson Button, Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz, wrote that the time had come for action to be taken and a new governance structure be installed in an open address to F1’s stakeholders, followers and fans.
The letter argues that F1 needs to focus more on developing well thought out processes to ensure it remained as the pinnacle championship in world motorsport, rather than existing in a constant state of flux thanks to minor rule tweaks and insider politics.
Formula 1’s governance was once again thrust into the spotlight at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, where the sport’s figureheads introduced an elimination’ style qualifying format that was almost universally criticised. They have since indicated they intend to revert to last year’s qualifying format at the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix.
The GPDA’s full statement can be read here:
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