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Published: 16:01 | 24/3/16

Ecclestone responds to drivers


Bernie Ecclestone has told Formula 1 drivers that he agrees with their concerns about the governance of the sport.

In an open letter, the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) called for the sport's decision-making process to be restructured, claiming the current system is "obsolete and ill-structured".

The drivers have questioned a number of rule changes in recent years - double points in 2014, new qualifying system and the restriction on radio communications - and believe the process must be examined.

Ecclestone has written back to the drivers to agree with their observations and has called on them to come forward with solutions.

"I am not sure if this is the right description. It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision making process in the sport is obsolete and ill structured," Ecclestone wrote.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.

"I have been in Formula One for nearly fifty years in an active role and another eighteen involved in some way. 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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