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Jenson Button: GPDA letter about improving F1, not politics

Jenson Button says the GPDA's critical letter about Formula One was about improving the sport, not trying to give drivers a strong political platform.

Button and Sebastian Vettel are directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and helped write the letter which called for an overhaul of F1's "ill-structured and obsolete" governance and decision-making processes. Bernie Ecclestone wrote back to agree with the sentiments, suggesting drivers come back to him with ideas how to improve the situation.

Button insists the letter was not politically motivated and instead came from the love the drivers have for the sport.

"I think the important thing and the reason behind the letter was to show that we care and that we are very passionate about this sport," Button said. "As kids we grew up loving watching Formula One and dreaming of being in a Formula One car and racing against the best drivers in the world.

"We're very emotional about our decision, which sometimes isn't the best, but I think you do need emotion when it comes to the way the sport should work and our input could be very useful. But as drivers we aren't putting a statement out to show how strong we are, that's not the aim, to be fair most of us don't care about that."

The 2009 world champion thinks the key priority for F1 at the moment should be growing the fanbase, especially on a younger demographic.

"We're putting out a statement because we think we can help and we think we can help the sport that we love very much and we think we can make it a better sport for the fans, for us, for the whole of Formula One and we need to keep the fanbase, we want the fanbase to grow, we want youngsters to love the sport. With the short attention span that most kids have these days because of [having] phones in their faces, I think we need to make this sport exciting and more exciting than it is."

Asked if he was happy with the response to the letter, Button replied: "Yeah. Not everyone is going to be happy that we've said it publicly, but we also need to think that the whole sport needs to understand that the sport is nothing without the fans so you need to make it public and our decisions and thoughts. I think the response has been reasonably good. We don't want people to say 'well done, good job' - that's not the point of the letter, it's to listen and hopefully it gives us a chance to help."