Nov. 15, 2012
-- The letter draws Vettel's attention to the negative impact of his conduct which he then compounded in yesterday's official pre-race press conference at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas where the first US Grand Prix will be held for five years.
It is, Edwards reminds Vettel, the US bible belt where foul language on a Sunday afternoon will be especially unwelcome.
But it is Vettel's attitude to the sport and its global audience that is most disturbing, says Edwards.
"I find it incredible,"
Edwards said today, "that a man whose entire financial position is dependent, surprisingly directly, on the number of people that watch him go to work will tell those millions to turn off. No eyeballs, no income, no F1. If his team and the F1 authorities won't do anything about it, it's up to us, the fans, to make our voices heard. I'm lucky: I have a platform. Others will have to find their own way to make their point. But that is what should happen if the sport is not to be brought into further disrepute."
The open letter is at http://www.chiefofficers.net