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F1 Bahrain GP: GPDA letter aimed at system, not individuals

Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg insist that the GPDA's request for change in the way F1 is run was not aimed at anyone in particular, and only acted for the betterment of the sport.
Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg were at pains to stress that the open letter penned by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after the Australian Grand Prix was not directed at anyone in particular, but rather as an attempt to bring F1's decision-making process into the 21st century.

The drivers' group hit out at the existing system of defining rules and regulations, calling it 'obsolete' and accusing it of causing 'gridlock' that bars attempts to move the sport forward. The statement, issued after a revised qualifying format brought more humiliation to the top flight in Melbourne, asked stakeholders to revise the current decision-making process and produce a new organisational structure more in keeping with the sport's own march forward. With no resolution on next year's technical overhaul, the F1 Commission and F1 Strategy Group were also in the firing line, but both Alonso and Rosberg insisted that no individuals were being held accountable.

"It's not a problem of any names," the Spaniard emphasised, "Actually, I think Bernie [Ecclestone] has been looking to protect the sport all the time and to improve the sport and to improve the show. I think Bernie, Jean [Todt], everyone, is doing their best but the system is somehow a little bit old in terms of decisions.

"The new qualifying system, also the new rules, these radio restrictions now that seem very attractive for you guys and from the outside, it's a little bit contradictory when we have a very complex car, very complex technology with hybrid engines, with everything to manage and now we cannot have any information about the cars. You cannot give us a spaceship and then not tell us anything when we are there. These kind of things are making drivers a little bit confused and a little bit... we need to help in the future for F1.

"I think the letter says everything. We love the sport. We love it so much that maybe we think the last couple of years we've been a little bit moving left and right with not a clear direction and we want to help in any of the things the fans want, the drivers want, the sponsors want, that are quite clear in some of the things we've been searching in the last couple of years. It's just a supporting letter from all of the drivers [saying] that we do care about our sport and we would like to get involved in some of the decisions. It's a start."

Rosberg agreed, noting that F1 was 'not perfect the way it is' and saying that the letter was a means of encouraging a review of current systems.

"We're all united on this opinion because we love the sport and can see the fans are criticising some aspects that we could do better," he explained, "We could be even more exciting as a sport and we want to question whether or not the F1 governance can review the process in which decisions are made in all these things

"We're racing for the fans [but] even the rules for next year…. We're putting on more downforce although, actually, we should be trying to help overtaking. More downforce is known for making overtaking and following other cars more difficult, so it's not necessarily the right way. With all of these things, we are saying that we would like to be more involved, have more of a say, us drivers. So let's see where this takes us."

Alonso admitted that while it would be nice for all 22 drivers currently on the F1 grid to be members of the GPDA, it was good to see everyone pulling together on this issue.

"I have to say that, in all the important decisions that we make in the last couple of years, we are all united," he confirmed, "It's a process and I think it's very early days [but] I'm sure that, in the next couple of steps or in the next decisions, we will have a part."

Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, highlighted the problem of getting all 22 drivers in the same place at the same time to discuss issues such as those currently ailing the sport, but agreed that something needed to be done, and remained optimistic that the letter could act as a catalyst for change.

"I was in the Barcelona meeting, but I couldn't make it to Pirelli for sponsors' event and I think that's unfortunately our lives - it's going to be very hard to get all the drivers to come to meetings outside the paddock," he confirmed, "I think we have been trying to raise our voices through different methods and I think Alex [Wurz] and the directors of the GPDA have been trying different ways before the letter was sent.

"I think all the drivers have been united on that subject and everyone is willing to help things to get better. We're not saying we've got a magic fix, we're not saying we've got the solution, but we're just trying to help the best we can."





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