Button: Global Fan Survey can help improve F1

Jenson Button believes that results from the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) Global Fan Survey can help make Formula One better.

As a director of the GPDA, Button has been behind the move to gauge fan opinion about the state of the sport and how it should be in the future.

And with the GPDA set to take the results to the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone, Button says he is intrigued to find out what fans really think.

“I don't think the sport is in a bad place, but with any sport there is always room for improvement,” he said.

“The more people we have commenting on the sport and having an opinion, the better ideas we will get. Hopefully we will find that out with the fan survey.”

GPDA more aligned with fans

The GPDA Survey is the first move of an attempt by the drivers' organisation to expand its role beyond just safety – and help engage more with fans and push for wider improvements.

Button felt that there was a huge value for the drivers having a better understanding too of what fans want from them.

“It is important for the fans to put their point out there and if it makes any difference, with positive change, it is great for the sport,” he said.

“It is interesting for us to see if the ideas we come up with, are parallel with the ideas of the fans.”

He added: “We all care about the sport. A few of the kids who have just arrived hope to be here for 15-20 years, and we really care about it.

“Our opinions clearly are different but the fans' opinions, the people we race for out in the grandstands, is just as important.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Track Monte Carlo
Drivers Jenson Button
Article type Breaking news