Bernie Ecclestone agrees with drivers over governance

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock before the first practice session at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on November 27, 2015
Bernie Ecclestone joins forces with F1 drivers who are complaining about the governance of the sport.

Bernie Ecclestone has joined forces with Formula 1 drivers who are complaining about the governance of the sport.

Sections of the media had interpreted the Grand Prix Drivers' Association's rare letter this week as a scathing attack on authorities including the F1 supremo.

However, in a typed reply to the drivers on Thursday, the 85-year-old told them: "It is not always easy to agree with you but you are correct in stating that the decision-making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured."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's own criticism of the current structure is not new, as he often hits out at FIA president Jean Todt's hands-off approach while ruing the days when he and Max Mosley ran F1 in a less democratic fashion.

"We must as you have stated urge the owners and all stakeholders of Formula 1 to consider restructuring its own governance," the Briton continued to tell the drivers.

"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'."

The latter is almost certainly a reference to F1's team bosses, who can rarely agree on issues and rule-changes as they are competing against one another.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on as he sits in the garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 5, 2015
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