Investigations into the incident at Duxford airfield last July are still taking place
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Pedro de la Rosa looks set to continue his role at the head of the F1 drivers’ union, despite dropping off the actual racing grid for 2013.
The veteran Spaniard, however, will still be at the grands prix in his new role as Ferrari’s development test driver, and so according to El Mundo Deportivo newspaper he will likely remain president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA).
“I want to be absolutely convinced that safety there (in Bahrain) is guaranteed.” – Rubens Barrichello
The FIA has signalled the green light but grey clouds of uncertainty continue to hang over the 2011 Bahrain grand prix. After the World Motor Sport Council controversially agreed to reschedule the troubled island Kingdom’s race for late October, protest groups are now calling for a ‘Day of Rage’ to coincide with the event that in March was called off due to violence.
The F1 drivers’ union has missed an opportunity to demonstrate its power, according to Timo Glock.
The Virgin driver was among 19 of his colleagues to sign a document organised by Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Rubens Barrichello asking the FIA to totally ban the ‘DRS’ overtaking system this weekend.
Charlie Whiting ruled out a regulation change
Rubens Barrichello has scolded the FIA for refusing to ban the adjustable rear wing overtaking system DRS for the Monaco grand prix later in May. Some teams and drivers, including Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Barrichello, pushed for the ban on safety grounds for the uniquely narrow and twisty street layout.
Heidfeld also worried about ‘piano’ steering wheels
Nick Heidfeld is refusing to rule out the possibility of racing to his first grand prix victory in 2011. After initially facing the prospect of a season on the sidelines, the formula one veteran is now at the wheel of the innovative R31 that originally was to be driven by injured regular Robert Kubica.
“Most drivers agree that we have to improve the grip” – Felipe Massa
Proposed amendments to the new adjustable rear wing rules were not adopted during a meeting this week in Barcelona. Finland’s Turun Sanomat said the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association expressed great concern during the meeting with technical bosses and team chiefs.
Alan Jones to be F1 steward in Korea
Work began on Thursday to lay the final top layer of asphalt at Korea’s new Yeongam circuit. The race organisers only have three days to complete the job before the FIA’s Charlie Whiting begins a two-day inspection on Monday. “Work on the final surface layer will probably be done by Friday,” confirmed spokesman Kim Jae-ho.