The Grand Prix Drivers Association has made a wide sweeping swipe at the way the sport is managed and the way it is governed, coming on the back of the ill-fated new qualifying format at the Australian Grand Prix.
Although the team principals met at the Australian Grand Prix to agree on a backtrack on the new qualifying, some would question as to even why this was proposed in the first place. The drivers blame those in charge, which could even damage the sport.
With Jenson Button, Alex Wurz and Sebastian Vettel signing the letter, it should be noted that many of the drivers are also fans and care passionately about the sport. The statement said:
“Formula 1 is currently challenged by a difficult global economic environment, a swift change in fan and consumer behaviour, and a decisive shift in the TV and media landscape.
“This makes it fundamental that the sport’s leaders make smart and well-considered adjustments.
“We feel that some recent rule changes – on both the sporting and technical side, and including some business decisions – are disruptive, 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“Therefore, the drivers have come to the conclusion that the decision-making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured and prevents progress being made.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 future global growth.
“We would like to request and urge the owners and all stakeholders of Formula 1 to consider restructuring its own governance.”