HAVE YOUR SAY WE NEED YOU! GET INVOLVED WITH MN MN SAYS... Drivers must have a voice
WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP After the WRC anger in Sweden, competitors must unify
Some (more) of the stages on Rally Sweden last weekend were nearly cancelled as drivers were concerned about safety on the route. Weather had done its best to ruin the event and made some of the roads perilous.
Although there was no strike, for want of a better word, it brought to light another interesting issue. The majority of drivers were concerned that decisions had been taken by other parties, and they felt that their worries about what lay ahead were not being heard. And you can certainly understand that point of view.
While it is all very well for the FIA bigwigs to say that team managers were consulted, they are not the drivers. Only the men at the wheel will know the size of the task they are being asked to perform. Team managers, by their very nature, are going to have a totally different agenda, much like the organising teams who are running the events – and paying through the nose to do so.
The drivers will meet again in Mexico, and it is pretty clear that they will form their own body to look after their own interests, and I see nothing wrong with that. Matt James, deputy editor