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GPDA gains support from Ecclestone on F1 rule-makers

Bernie Ecclestone has responded to the GPDA letter by agreeing F1's decision making process is unsustainable and requires change
Bernie Ecclestone has responded to the Grand Prix Drivers' Association open letter by agreeing F1's decision making process is unsustainable and has echoed the sentiments in a demand for change.

The Formula One Group CEO has sided with the GPDA in his own open letter but has asked them to think about solutions and act on them rather than solely complain.

“It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision making process in the sport is obsolete and ill structured,” Ecclestone wrote. “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.”

Yesterday the GPDA's letter, signed on behalf of the drivers by Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Alex Wurz, outlined their frustrations at the sport's stakeholders – as well as the F1 Commission and F1 Strategy Group – who have stumbled towards a regulations revamp for 2017 and the embarrassment of the new elimination qualifying format being scrapped after just one race.

In addition, it was announced last night that F1 is to move behind paid TV subscription – with Sky Sports taking exclusive live broadcasting rights after the 2019 season – meaning F1 will no longer be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK, a move drivers have supported.

However, the core of the frustrations lies with the F1 Strategy Group unable to come up with positive regulations for 2017 due to vested interests.

In a final tongue-in-cheek remark, Ecclestone also commented on the GPDA's grammar: "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'."

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