Jenson Button insists the Grand Prix Drivers' Association letter was simply a call for drivers to have a consultancy role in how decisions are made in F1, not a motivation for drivers to begin influencing the direction of the sport.
Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the GPDA – agreed by all drivers but specifically co-signed by Button, Sebastian Vettel and GPDA president Alex Wurz – released a statement airing their dissatisfaction with the direction of the sport.
However, Button has played down the impression that it was a 'call to arms' for drivers to begin dictating how they want the sport to be run, joking that they are too 'emotional' for that, but suggested F1 could stand to consult them more on certain matters.
“I completely agree,” he said. “I think people maybe took it in the wrong way. It wasn't just 3 GPDA members it was the drivers as a whole united. There are people who think we have another motive for putting out the letter, which is completely rubbish.
“The reason we put the letter out is because we think there are things that need to change and we want to help. We don't want a different position, we don't want to run the sport, because we are not good at that.
“We are very emotional about our decisions but we drive the cars and we have an opinion on the sport and even if it is a small amount.”
Pushed on why the GPDA therefore felt the need to make the statement public, rather than approach privately, Button says it has tried before and it wanted fans to know where it stands.
“There are times where we have tried and we thought it was useful to make a public statement for fans as well, to see where we stand and they seem to agree with a lot of our opinions as well.”