APRIL 1, 1996
The drivers challenge Mosley
THE Grand Prix Drivers Association tried to re-establish its bruised reputation in Brazil, issuing a statement announcing its incorporation in London with a formal constitution, elected officers and permanent offices in Monaco. The GPDA claims to be able to speak as "a single voice for its members on vital issues concerning the sport" and says it represents all the current drivers except Jacques Villeneuve, who has so far refused to join.
There are currently three elected representatives: Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle.
The GPDA outlined its immediate aims to introduce rear wheel protection to prevent wheel over wheel accidents such as Brundle's Melbourne shunt; improved barriers and cockpit designs with a more scientific approach. This work is being done by the FIA Advisory Expert Group.
The GPDA release also outlined its aim to develop "a balanced relationship" between its members, the FIA, the teams and the GP organizers. The statement added that in the future the GPDA "will no longer accept the very unfair superlicence application form".
This is not likely to please FIA President Max Mosley who says he is happy to work with drivers on safety issues but has refused to deal with the GPDA because of what he sees as external interference in the organization. Mosley knows that while the drivers may put out press releases claiming to be a united group when there are issues to be resolved, they are usually unable to agree to take any united action against the FIA.
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