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FIA set up new Drivers’ Commission

Mar 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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The FIA has confirmed the creation of a new body, the Drivers’ Commission.

At the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva today, the decision was made to set up the body which will represent the rights and interests of drivers in many different disciplines including single seater racing, touring cars and rallying.

The single seater panel includes drivers all with Formula One experience.

Nigel Mansell won the 1992 world championship with Williams, and he is widely regarded as being one of the greatest British drivers to have raced in Formula One. He is also the most recent Briton to drive for Ferrari, where he received the nickname Il leone.

Karun Chandhok spent just one season in Formula One in 2010 with the now-defunct HRT F1 Team. Despite not scoring any points, he instantly became one of the most likable members of the paddock, and Chandhok was a great advocate of his home race, the Indian Grand Prix. Most recently, he has been racing in endurance series.

Maria de Villota tested for Marussia last season, but an accident in a straight line test resulted in the loss of her right eye, ending her career.

Besides the members of the panel, two time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi has been named President of the Drivers’ Commission.

The new body will help drivers in all forms of motorsport to be more vocal, and it will be interesting to see what the Drivers’ Commission achieves over the coming season.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Good article and I’m glad to see it here on NBCSports as other F1 news outlets haven’t picked up this story yet.

    NBC NEEDS to show ALL Sessions LIVE for every race. I’ve seen the broadcast schedule and I’m disappointed. I expect F1 on NBC to be bigger and better than previous broadcaster attempts. That’s how F1 will get the “lion’s share” commercial success it deserves!

  2. patellis15 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    In fairness, NBC is broadcasting both P1 and P2, along with qualifying and the race. That’s more than Speed did….

  3. racingmatt - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Not sure what you mean, of course the season hasn’t really started yet. I just set my DVR. Was happy to see both free practice one & two, qualifying along with the race on the program guide. The “countdown” show yesterday was encouraging.

    • racingmatt - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      I was trying to reply to patellis15, seems I just made a comment instead. Sure, practice three would be good. But we didn’t get that and only highlites of practice one before.

      • racingmatt - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        OK, sorry patellis15. Your comment jumped in there. Was trying to respond to ape…
        Darn laptop & small screen!

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