Part of the union
I read with interest both the article about the FIA’S proposed new approach to safety and also David Evans’s column ( MN, February 24).
From both of these I drew the conclusion that I completely agree with David Evans and Alexander Wurz.
The formulation of a drivers association makes complete sense. Upon reading the quote from a (presumed FIA) source that stated that drivers are no more than employees and should do as they’re told, my view was only reinforced further.
This is a stagnant and obstructive notion. The source further quoted that the drivers are answerable to a hierarchy and hence they should keep or be kept quiet, but the overriding message within that statement is that those officials within the FIA running the WRC believe that this should not apply to them and they can do as they please.
The FIA and the promotion of the WRC has for too long been an autocracy. The fact that the drivers had to threaten potential strike action for Rally Sweden shows how little regard is held for them by the governing body. It is high time that the formulation of a democratic approach to governance was implemented and the formulation of the Drivers’ Association will be the first steps in achieving this.
This is an important change that is required for the future of the sport and in order for it to thrive. I personally hope that the new drivers association happens sooner rather than later.