Tag Archive: Grand Prix Drivers’ Association

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 »

Oct 13

Marussia crash led to de Villota death – family

Investigations into the incident at Duxford airfield last July are still taking place

Maria de Villota 2013-03-08Maria de Villota’s family have confirmed the testing crash at the wheel of a Marussia last July led to her death on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 04

Heavy drivers push for F1 rule change

“It needs to change now.  To be fair, we (drivers) should have pushed harder.”

2013-06-05-0146F1’s heavier drivers are pushing hard for an increase in the mandatory minimum weight of the cars next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06

Boycott could cost drivers F1 licenses – Ecclestone

“I can understand their position”

2013-06-06_0008F1 drivers risk losing their mandatory FIA super licenses if a boycott of this weekend’s German grand prix goes ahead. 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 »

Jun 08

F1 penalties await Mercedes at June 20 tribunal

Rumours a fine in the order of EUR 5 to 10 million will be imposed against Mercedes

2013-06-07_0978There is a growing consensus in the paddock that Mercedes will be penalised when the FIA’s brand-new international tribunal meets to discuss the secret Barcelona test on June 20. 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 »

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 26

Glock upset about driver backdown over DRS

The F1 drivers’ union has missed an opportunity to demonstrate its power, according to Timo Glock.

2011-05-21 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain - Timo Glock 42011-05-21 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain - Timo Glock 3The 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. 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 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 »

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 10

Rear wing rule changes possible after meetings

F1 drivers have raised concerns during a meeting with FIA officials at the Barcelona test.

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - RB7 car presentation 0001Flagworld - FIAThe Grand Prix Drivers’ Association is now headed by Rubens Barrichello, but former president Nick Heidfeld said this week that he is concerned the drivers “don’t have the most powerful lobby”. 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 »

Oct 07

Koreans begin to lay top asphalt on Thursday

Alan Jones to be F1 steward in Korea

Korean Grand Prix1981_01AlanJonesWilliams-Cosworth1Work 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. 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 »

May 08

‘Q1′ session split unlikely for Monaco

GPDA chief Heidfeld admits Monaco Q1 split unlikely

Flagworld - F1Charlie Whiting seems to have put a lid on a plan by some drivers to have the ‘Q1′ qualifying session split in Monaco next weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 07

Schumacher to be ‘silent’ GPDA member – spokeswoman

“He reconsidered this initial decision and will now be a silent member”

2010-04-03 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Michael Schumacher 03Michael Schumacher will be a “silent member” of the F1 drivers’ union GPDA, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. From his Swiss office on Tuesday, the 41-year-old’s day-to-day manager Sabine Kehm confirmed that the seven time world champion had reconsidered his earlier decision not to rejoin the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Schumacher has rejoined GPDA – spokeswoman Kehm

Sabine Kehm confirmed on Tuesday that Schumacher is once again a member of the GPDA

Michael Schumacher’s spokeswoman and day-to-day manager confirmed on Tuesday that the seven time world champion has rejoined the F1 drivers’ union GPDA. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Schumacher believed to have rejoined GPDA

Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm was not immediately available for comment.

2010-04-03 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Michael Schumacher 04Michael Schumacher is believed to have rejoined the F1 drivers’ union GPDA during the course of the Malaysian GP weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Alonso happy with other teams’ disputes

Alonso does not back Todt ‘protocols’ rumours

2010-02-27 - Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 10Fernando Alonso has admitted he would have no problem if rival teams like McLaren and Red Bull continue to have disputes. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Heidfeld takes over as GPDA chairman

Ecclestone predicts long second career for Schu
Rain at start of second Friday practice

Nick Heidfeld is the new chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA). With Pedro de la Rosa wanting to step back now that he has rejoined the grid after several years as a test driver, the safety-oriented body met in the Albert Park paddock and voted in Heidfeld. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Schu apologised to Heidfeld after Merc seat clash

“The negotiations were very close to a conclusion”

2010-02-13 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher - Andrew Shovlin 02Michael Schumacher apologised for taking the race seat he was hoping to occupy in 2010, Nick Heidfeld has revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

Points system will not increase will to win – de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa has played down the likely effectiveness of F1’s new points scoring system.

2010-01-31 - BMW Sauber C29 - Pedro de la Rosa 03The F1 Commission last week confirmed that extending the gap between first and second places in 2010 to 7 points is to “further encourage the race to win”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Hamilton takes new chassis to fastest time

Hamilton hits out at state of Singapore track

2009-07-25 - McLaren - Lewis Hamilton - 5833With a brand new chassis, Lewis Hamilton put Friday’s problems in the past as he powered to the quickest time in the final practice session before qualifying on Saturday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

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