For the past few weeks, F1 drivers have been making suggestions to the people in charge in an effort to try and improve the sport. So far, their voices have been ignored and the driver are getting fed up with what they perceive as blatant disrespect. Even though the drivers are upset with the sport’s management, the sport remains popular, especially with the online betting crowd.
Jensen Button is one of the leaders seeking changes and represents the driver’s association, called on Formula 1 to reexamine the way the sport is governed. Two weeks ago, Bernie Ecclestone, F1’s chief executive replied to a letter sent by the association by saying the drivers shouldn’t even talk and that they should stick with what they know, which is driving race cars. The president of F1′s governing body said he had doubts the drivers understand how the sport is governed. In response to the comments made by Ecclestone and Todt, Button expressed confidence in the driver’s comments. He said they presented their case in the right manner and he had expected the sport’s governing body to respond in kind and not the manner that they did.
The drivers wrote the letter because they feel that the sport is heading in the wrong direction due to a lack of leadership. The drivers mentioned the new rules for qualifying that were put in place at the start of the season but have already been abandoned. The drivers love what they do but at the same time they have a point of view on how things should go especially since they see the sport from a non-business perspective. Button added that the drivers don’t have an ulterior motive, all they want to do is make the sport enjoyable and safe for both the fans and drivers.
Button also added that over 90% of their fans agree with what the drivers have to say, and since the fans are the consumers, the sport’s management has to listen to their voices or risk losing them.
From the response they got from those who govern the sport, Button isn’t sure that their voices will ever be heard because the governing body has indicated that they don’t want to hear from the people who made the sport what it is.
Despite the overwhelming support and interest in what the drivers have to say, the governing body of F1 is likely going to do whatever they feel will help the sport’s bottom line and not what will make it better.
Nico Rosberg, a very popular and respected driver in the sport said the drivers only want to provide the F1 leaders with opinions that will give the sport direction because they are the ones behind the wheels and they know best, but he is surprised by the resistance they have faced from the sport’s governing body.
In addition to Rosberg and Button, Lewis Hamilton, a three-time world champion, also called for changes to be made to the weekend race format. Hamilton said there are so many things that need to be done and experimented with, but he doesn’t see the governing body even attempt to do anything.
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