Bernie responds to drivers: I agree

Date published: March 24 2016

Bernie Ecclestone has responded to the GPDA’s letter, acknowledging that F1’s decision-making process is “obsolete and ill-structured” and that change is needed.

Earlier this week the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote an open letter to Formula 1 bosses in which they spoke of their concerns for the sport that they love “almost unconditionally.”

In the GPDA’s letter, released via social media, the drivers stated that they fear the current decision-making process is not only preventing progress but has a “negative” impact on how the public view the sport.

As such they have requested that F1 considers “restructuring its own governance” while coming up with a “clear master plan” for the future.

Ecclestone was quick to respond in a letter seen by BBC Sport, conceding most of the points to the drivers including that most in the F1 act “with their very best intentions” in mind.

Ecclestone’s Letter In Full

Dear Gentlemen,

I am not sure if this is the right description. It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured.

We must as you have stated urge the owners and all stakeholders of Formula One to consider restructuring its own governance.

It is easy to analyse what is wrong so why not think and come back on this. At least it is better to think before you wish.

I have been in Formula One for nearly fifty years in an active role and another eighteen involved in some way. You state that every individual acts with the very best intentions. I am not sure if this is a misprint. If not, it should read “with their very best intentions”.

Best wishes,

Bernie