Jackie Stewart backs Lewis Hamilton has become very vocal about Lewis Hamilton’s comments.
The legendary Formula 1 driver, 84-year-old Sir Jackie Stewart, has become very vocal by demanding that the F1 drivers be given more authority to influence the way the sport grows in the future.
The only surviving F1 driver from the sport’s early days in the 1960s has called on the F1 leadership to give drivers greater influence.
The Scottish ex-F1 driver (who has been affectionately nicknamed “The Flying Scot”) was a senior member of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association in the early days.
Jackie Stewart Backs Lewis Hamilton
The purpose of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association was to provide the drivers with an influential platform to influence policy and safety standards for those on the track.
Since those halcyon days, the drivers’ influence over the sport has been whittled away by successive rights owners.
George Russell presently holds the position of director, and driver representative in the organization – a position he has held since 2021
Sir Lewis Hamilton has suggested that the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association should be restored to its former prominence and be able to hold F1’s decision-makers accountable.
Jackie Stewart Backs Lewis Hamilton and Lewis’s call in this regard.
Jackie Stewart Backs Lewis Hamilton when he says “I was the President of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association when the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association was much more powerful than it is today,” Sir Jackie Stewart said. “I think that’s wrong. We should have more influence.”
Not only has Lewis had a successful and inspiring career in F1 he has also been very vocal about the changes needed in the sport.
His most notable action has been to make the sport more inclusive, which all the other drivers credit him for.
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As things stand now, drivers are restricted in what they can do and say in front of a camera. This has been enforced by the new 2023 regulations.
Lewis has suggested that this type of meeting between drivers could become an annual event.
Grand Prix Drivers’ Association is effective and has been a force for good in the sport, but they must keep pushing, and re-establishing the effectiveness of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association may be a way of coordinating their influence and becoming more vocal.
Being a former president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, Sir Jackie’s voice carries substantial weight in the hallowed halls of the F1 leadership.
Fans have criticized the FIA for its latest attempts at regulating the drivers. If the drivers had had more authority, it is doubtful whether the FIA would have been able to impose such rigid restrictions on the drivers.