Sustainability. Defined as the ability or capacity for something to be maintained, featuring an element of futurity. Having started in 1950, F1 has proved to be a sustainable concept for years, yet the GPDA’s shocking letter, directed at the sport’s governing body, has highlighted the questions beginning to emerge in regards to sustainability. Former F1 driver Bruno Senna has backed the letter and himself questioned how the sport, in its current state, can be considered as future-proof.
In a rather hard-hitting interview with Motorsport.com’s Basile Davoine, Senna stated that, “The GPDA is completely right. F1 is not a very healthy sport right now. There are a lot of negative feelings about the sport from people inside and people outside of F1, so I would say that the drivers need to be concerned about their jobs over the long-term.
“Some of these guys are going into F1 now and if people struggle to be in F1, there will be no F1 in future. So hopefully they will continue.”
The prospect of a motorsport landscape post-F1 is inconceivable. It has been the pinnacle of racing since 1950, expanding into a truly global brand having emerged from it’s European base. Despite declining audiences in the UK, the sport remains one of the world’s most watched.
Albeit currently grappling with challenges, it has found itself facing facing tough times in the past. Most recently in 2009, when Honda, BMW and Toyota announced they would be leaving the sport in light of the global financial crisis, and other manufacturers threatened to leave and form their own championship, in protest against the FIA.
In short, F1 is never short of controversy and, as such, in a perpetual state of collapse it seems. Somehow, it always seems to emerge unscathed and, in fact, stronger than ever.
The constant negativity surrounding the sport is concerning, particularly the unprecedented scale of discontent among fans, undoubtedly fueled by this being the social media age where opinions are easy to broadcast. In this regard, Senna’s questions regarding F1’s futurity are substantiated.
But F1’s bounce-back-ability is second to none.