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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.

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