Formula 1 needs its middle class

Formula 1 needs its middle class

A nation's strength is measured by the health of its middle class. The same applies to F1 - where the rich/poor gap is being stretched to a critical level, argues DIETER RENCKEN

That Force India, in association with Lotus and Sauber, should write a strongly-worded letter to Formula One Management CEO Bernie Ecclestone regarding the "sport's" current commercial and governance structures came as absolutely no surprise, for the issues raised within the two-page missive (that was leaked to AUTOSPORT by a recipient team) have long been raised by this writer - since March 2012, to be exact.

As outlined here matters reached a head last week in Brazil after the embattled trio had their proposals, which Ecclestone had publicly called for, not only rejected but somewhat cynically rebuffed.

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