Ecclestone sides with F1 drivers on state of sport

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he agrees with drivers that the rules structure in the sport is wrong and that the time has come for change.

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association published an open letter on Wednesday urging reform of F1 as it suggested its governance processes were 'ill-structured' and 'obsolete'.

And although many of the current bodies – like the F1 Strategy Group – were put in place by Ecclestone, he accepts that they are not doing the sport any good.

In a letter he has written to the GPDA, which has been leaked on social media, Ecclestone has said that F1's owners CVC and all stakeholders must now consider an overhaul.

"It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured," said Ecclestone in the letter.

"We must as you have stated urge the owners and all the stakeholders of Formula 1 to consider restructuring its own governance."

Cheeky point

In his typical humorous style, Ecclestone also suggested that the drivers had made a mistake in suggesting that those with F1 had always worked for 'the' best intentions of F1.

He wrote: "I have been in Formula 1 for nearly 50 years in an active role and another 18 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'."

The full letter from Ecclestone

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 It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision making process in the sport is obsolete and ill structured.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 the stakeholders of Formula 1 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 1 for nearly 50 years in an active role and another 18 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

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