Tag Archive: Grand Prix Drivers’ Association

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.

Jun 25

Button: We need circuits good for racing

“We need people challenging, not just one team, but many teams, challenging for wins”
2016-06-12_1073 Jenson Button believes that F1 isn’t doing a bad job with its core product, but admits that there is always room for improvement when it comes to providing the best conditions for racing. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Apr 06

Vettel wants cheaper engine despite Ferrari stance

“I personally think the current power unit regulations are too expensive”
Vettel wants cheaper engine despite Ferrari stanceSebastian Vettel has called for F1 to reduce the cost of the power units and adopt more ‘normally aspirated’ engines in an effort to improve the racing, even though his team Ferrari vetoed such a move to have them introduced last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Ecclestone dismisses drivers as having no voice

“They can say what they like can’t they? They can’t do anything”

Ecclestone dismisses drivers as having no voiceBernie Ecclestone says it is not worth the drivers grouping together to voice their concerns of the way Formula 1 is run as they ‘have no strength’ and ‘no voice’.
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Jan 26

Drivers pushing for ‘maximum’ speed Pirelli tyres

“If we get sticky tyres, we will have happy drivers, and happy drivers means authentic and honest performance…”

2015-06-03_14672 Formula 1 drivers have prepared a proposal that it hopes will prompt Pirelli could produce tyres capable of being driven ‘to the maximum’ rather than follow the high degradation blueprint favoured by FOM. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 28

FIA forging ahead with Mercedes’ ‘halo’ canopy evaluation

“We are trying to first find something that does the job”

FIA cockpit fermé The FIA reveals it will continue evaluation on a series of cockpit safety solutions with a view to introducing elements from 2017. 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 »

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 »

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