Tag Archive: GPDA

Nov 08

Ecclestone slams Caterham’s ‘begging bowl’

Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who are heavily critical of Caterham’s plea for fans’ money to get the struggling team back on track.

2012-11-15_0006 In administration and missing in Austin and Brazil, the outfit has launched a crowdfunding scheme to raise the almost $4 million it says it needs to make it to this year’s Abu Dhabi finale. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Wurz tells drivers to keep quiet after Bianchi crash

“Before drawing conclusions it is right to listen to the views of all the parties involved”

Alex Wurz portait 1 Gerard Saillant, the well-known trauma surgeon with close links to Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, has arrived in Japan to get involved with Jules Bianchi’s fight for life. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Sleepless F1 holds breath for Bianchi

“Emergency surgery was performed because of a hematoma in his head.  It will take 24 hours until we know more.”

2014-03-02_0056 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi The collective world of formula one had a sleepless night after the Japanese grand prix as it worries about critically injured Jules Bianchi. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Hulkenberg would consider GPDA top job

Nico Hulkenberg has not ruled out becoming the next president of the GPDA.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia - Nico Hulkenberg 03The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, primarily concerned with the rights and safety of the F1 drivers, is currently headed by Pedro de la Rosa. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Drivers threaten to strike over unpaid wages

F1 drivers are threatening to strike if their teams do not pay them.

2014-03-17 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Australia - 2014 drivers Germany’s Sport Bild reports that, in Bahrain recently, Kimi Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson was seen arguing in the paddock with Lotus team boss Federico Gastaldi. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Drivers stall over new boss for F1 union

The future of the F1 drivers’ association appears in danger.

2013-02-23 - Scuderia Ferrari - Barcelona - Pedro de la Rosa 00 We reported after the season-opening Australian grand prix that current GPDA president Pedro de la Rosa wants to step down. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Pedro de la Rosa wants to step down as president of the F1 drivers’ association, the GPDA

De la Rosa wants to step down as GPDA chief

Ferrari - Pedro de la Rosa Speed Week said the Ferrari reserve driver’s decision became clear last weekend in Australia, with a vote on his successor likely to take place next week ahead of the Malaysian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 07

De la Rosa would have replaced ill Bianchi – report

Ferrari’s reserve driver was also lined up as the likely German grand prix

2013-06-09_0012Pedro de la Rosa came tantalisingly close to returning to the F1 race grid this weekend at the Nurburgring. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

GPDA directors back-pedal on boycott threat

“Boycotting is not the word at all, it is about being safe.”

2013-06-08_1146GPDA director and German Sebastian Vettel back-pedalled on Friday, after the drivers’ union earlier threatened to boycott his home race this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Tyre crisis deepens as drivers threaten boycott

The GPDA said it believes the entire problem has been “avoidable”

2013-06-30 - Britain - Pirelli (8)F1’s tyre-gate saga has taken another dramatic twist, as drivers formally threaten to boycott the German grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

De la Rosa to stay GPDA president

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.

Ferrari - Pedro de la Rosa2012-06-10_0531The 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). Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Drivers ask FIA to shorten Singapore race – de la Rosa

F1 drivers have in the past asked the governing body to reduce the length of the Singapore grand prix.

Flagworld - FIA2012-06-10_0531Hot, humid and under artificial lights on a demanding street circuit, the event is regarded as perhaps the toughest physically on the entire 20-race F1 calendar. Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa confirmed that description, even though this weekend is actually the HRT driver’s very first competitive taste of the Marina Bay layout.

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Aug 15

Rubens Barrichello has admitted that driving an Indycar after an almost two-decade formula one career was a rude awakening.

F1 ‘would not allow’ Indycar tracks – Barrichello

2011-06-12_15452012-07-07 TorontoIndy Gail 524wAnd not just the speed difference. Asked by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport if his new mount felt slow even after Williams’ uncompetitive 2011 car, the Brazilian said: “Yes, at first.”

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Mar 06

De la Rosa replaces GPDA president Barrichello

Pedro de la Rosa has returned to the head of the formula one drivers’ trade union, the GPDA.

2011-10-29 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - India - Pedro de la Rosa 02Rubens Barrichello KV RacingThe Spanish veteran was the president of the safety-oriented Grand Prix Drivers’ Association between 2008 and 2010, stepping down when he returned to the grid with Sauber after years as McLaren’s reserve. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 08

Trulli says 2012 Team Lotus stay ‘settled’

Trulli not sure of Japan nuclear safety

2011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Jarno Trulli 032011-08-28 - Team Lotus - Belgium - Jarno Trulli 02Jarno Trulli has admitted he does not know what to believe about October’s Japanese grand prix. On the one hand, leading MotoGP riders are refusing to travel to the country in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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Jun 06

Bahrain GP still in doubt after rescheduling decision

“I want to be absolutely convinced that safety there (in Bahrain) is guaranteed.” – Rubens Barrichello

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

FIA confirms Monaco tunnel ban for DRS

The FIA has banned drivers from using the ‘DRS’ overtaking wing in the Monaco tunnel this weekend.

Flagworld - FIAmonaco_monte-carloThe in-race overtaking zone spans just 300 metres on the start-finish straight, but the rear wing system can be used by drivers anywhere else on the twisty street circuit in practice and qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Teams get four-race blown exhaust reprieve

FIA bans DRS for Monaco tunnel and Eau Rouge

Flagworld - FIAGP2 Series - Barcelona - Circuit de Catalunya - Teams pitsFour races will pass before the FIA clamps down on the aggressive blowing of off-throttle exhaust gases. That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, reporting that the reprieve has been extended to include Spain this weekend as well as Monaco, Canada and Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

No DRS ban for Monaco ‘wrong’ – Barrichello

Charlie Whiting ruled out a regulation change

2011-05-07 - AT&T Williams - Turkey - Rubens Barrichello 012010-05-16 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi_1Rubens 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

F1 drivers back moves to change Interlagos corner

“There has not been only one death, we have to improve that corner.” – Massa

2011-04-09 - AT&T Williams - Malaysia - Rubens Barrichello 09interlagosGPDA president Rubens Barrichello has backed efforts for a change to the Curva do Cafe corner at Brazilian grand prix venue Interlagos. A stock car driver died after bouncing off the barriers onto the racing line there in 2007, and at Sepang Felipe Massa is wearing a sticker on his helmet to pay tribute to Gustavo Sondermann, after his Brazilian countryman died in a near-identical crash last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Vettel repeats F1 driver strike threat

Sebastian Vettel has repeated his threat to front a formula one driver strike.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 102011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 2Before Melbourne, the world champion had raised his fears that the return of KERS and the new adjustable rear wings had increased the workload of the drivers to a new level of danger. A director of the F1 drivers’ union GPDA, the 23-year-old has now repeated his threat that – as a last resort – the drivers could refuse to race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

F1 figure confident Suzuka race not threatened

Kamui Kobayashi’s manager is confident the Japanese grand prix will take place as scheduled later this year.

Suzuka CircuitCircuit de Suzuka (1) - 10-2010With much of the country in turmoil due to the recent and unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, it is feared that October’s Suzuka race might be in doubt even though the immediate area is not overly affected. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 23

F1 driving just as complex in past – Berger

“So nothing has changed; the complexity of driving in our time was also at least as great”

00731full84Berger-2008-09-04The current formula one drivers’ cockpit workload is no higher than in the past, according to former ten-time grand prix winner Gerhard Berger. Many drivers, including GPDA director Sebastian Vettel who has threatened a strike, have expressed concerns about having to use KERS at the same time as adjusting the new moveable rear wing on track in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Heidfeld not ruling out first win in 12th season

Heidfeld also worried about ‘piano’ steering wheels

2011-02-13 - Lotus Renault GP - Jerez - Nick Heidfeld 022010-06-13_0379Nick 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 11

Drivers want rear wing and rain tyre changes

“Most drivers agree that we have to improve the grip” – Felipe Massa

2011-01-18 - Pirelli 0044Proposed 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 09

Heidfeld wants more powerful driver ‘lobby’

Heidfeld’s test marred by lingering cold

2011-02-19 - Lotus Renault GP - Barcelona - Nick Heidfeld 042011-02-19 - Lotus Renault GP - Barcelona - Nick Heidfeld 02Nick Heidfeld would like F1’s driver trade union to have more power. Until returning to the grid last year, the German veteran was the chairman of the safety-oriented Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA). Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

GPDA pushes for more influence in F1 decisions

“We discussed three or four things and he was very open.”

2010-03-14 - Hispania F1 Racing Team2010-06-27 - AT&T Williams - Rubens Barrichello 02The union of formula one drivers, the GPDA, revealed in Korea last weekend their push for more influence in the sport’s decision-making processes. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Barrichello replaces Heidfeld as GPDA president

Rubens Barrichello is the new president of the formula one drivers’ union, the GPDA.

The existing president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, Nick Heidfeld, has had to vacate the role now that he is Pirelli’s full time tyre development tester. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 11

F1 wants same safety car rules for ‘uncertainty’ – Gene

Marc Gene thinks it is mainly the drivers who want better safety car rules.

In an interview with El Mundo newspaper, Ferrari’s Spanish test driver was asked about the controversial incidents sparked by the safety car period in Valencia two weeks ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Rear wing idea ‘highly dangerous’ – Glock

“From the viewpoint of safety, I think it’s a wrong decision.”

2010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 6Timo Glock has joined a group of F1 drivers who think the ‘proximity’ wing idea is a bad one. FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that the proposal, with chasing drivers able to press a button and boost straightline speed next season, might not see the light of day. Read the rest of this entry »

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