Tag Archive: GPDA

Aug 12

FIA more open to opinion since GPDA letter – Button

“We feel that we do have a say anyway and since our comments earlier in the year, the FIA have been more open to our opinions”

2016-06-10_0086 Jenson Button says the FIA has allowed drivers more input into the direction of Formula 1 since the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote an open letter declaring the sport ‘obsolete and ill-structured’ earlier this year.


Apr 09

Hamilton united, just not in the union

Hamilton has long spoken about his desire for a return to more pure racing in F1

Hamilton united, just not in the unionLewis Hamilton insists that his focus on securing a fourth F1 world championship title won’t prevent him from standing shoulder to shoulder with his rivals when it comes to the betterment of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 24

The GPDA is finding more than its voice

F1 has a relatively short memory
2016-03-17 - 2016 F1 drivers So it appears F1’s qualifying shambles isn’t quite destined to be consigned to an awkward footnote in the history of the sport’s misguided attempts to try something new. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Ricciardo: Closed cockpits last piece of puzzle

Closed cockpit discussions are back in the spotlight following the tragic death of Justin Wilson

2015-06-07_1997 Daniel Ricciardo says he believes the time has come for Formula 1 to ‘ignore tradition’ and adopt closed cockpit technology, rather than wait for another serious accident to occur. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 20

GPDA: We must never relent on improving safety

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association says it must “never relent on improving safety” following the death of Jules Bianchi

GPDA: We must never relent on improving safetyGPDA: Twenty-one years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules [Bianchi], who has died as a direct consequence of an on track accident. It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains…. Read the rest of this entry »


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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