GPDA

THIS? This is the response to the GPDA letter?
Is Bernie stoned? Am I stoned?
What the hell is going on? How can anyone take this man seriously - how is he not retired yet?
Do we need the FBI to storm the FIA headquarters like they did with FIFA and forcibly remove this deluded old man?
He doesn’t address their concerns in his response, instead he calls into question their being gentlemen??? and criticises their grammar - WTF?

Although, if I were the GPDA, I would take his advice in the third paragraph.
On the one hand, we have an obsolete and ill structured decision making process overseen for the last four decades by Bernie Ecclestone. On the other, an urgent need to restructure Formula One’s governance in order to secure the future of the sport.
I’ve thought about it, and this is my wish…

Best wishes,

The poor souls at the mercy of your whims

The GPDA meeting before the 1972 US Grand Prix.

Dress code: racewear and anoraks please.

Hat Man at the front is obviously quite intimidating. 

Some fantastic early 70s hairiness on show.

1973 GPDA drivers’ meeting. Dress code: racewear and attitude.

A higher-definition shot of the line-up we’ve seen on here before, but with added catalogue model poses and pouting. 

L-R: Peter Revson, Denny Hulme (on floor), Jackie Stewart, Francois Cevert, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Howden Ganley (behind), George Follmer (on floor), Wilson Fittipaldi, Andrea de Adamich (behind), Clay Regazzoni, Ronnie Peterson (on floor), Jean-Pierre Jarier, Jean-Pierre Beltoise.

The GPDA presented today at Monaco the Global Fan Survey. To access the survey click here

Jenson Button: “It’s massively important because we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the fans.

"This is a sport that needs fans, we have millions of fans around the world, and it is always interesting to have their opinion, to see where they think the sport is, where they think the sport can go.

"Obviously, we all have our own ideas, which is great.

"Personally, I think the sport is in a good place right now, but there is always room for improvement, especially a sport like Formula 1 that is always changing

"So it is really important, and it will be interesting to see where it all goes.”

Formula 1 has lost a great talent, a great man and a great friend today.

Twenty-one years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules, who has died as a direct consequence of an on track accident.

It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains.

Despite considerable improvements, we, the Grand Prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety.

—  GPDA

Kyalami Ranch 1969.Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) meeting in South Africa.  

Jackie Stewart is in the centre, speaking to Graham Hill, Chris Amon, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Jacky Ickx, Jochen Rindt, Denny Hulme and Mario Andretti among others – and  Louis T Stanley (BRM).

1969 GPDA Official Drivers’ Meeting at Kyalami Ranch, South Africa.

Dress Code: beachwear.

I can’t identify all the drivers here - there’s one hiding behind Graham Hill and one other sources don’t name. Jochen Rindt appears to be chairing.

motorsport.com
GPDA right about "unhealthy" F1 - Senna
Bruno Senna says Formula 1's drivers were right to speak up about their worries for the sport, because he thinks there is a risk of the championship not being around if change is not made.

Interesting that he didn’t mention the Sky deal (after leaving Sky for Channel 4). Also interesting that Bernie (in my view, the source of all the problems, with his out-dated policies and leadership style) says the GPDA are right to complain.