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Button becomes GPDA director

Mar 31, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Jenson Button AP

Jenson Button has become a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association following the organisation’s latest meeting.

The GPDA has been the main driver body in Formula One since 1961, working to improve standards of safety, as well as ensuring the sport maintains the interest of the drivers. Maintained and run by the drivers, the GPDA does have significant power within the sport.

There are multiple directors within the GPDA, and Button will join Sebastian Vettel in the role, whilst Felipe Massa, who persuaded Michael Schumacher to rejoin the organisation in 2010, steps down.

Pedro de la Rosa remains chairman, continuing his second term. de la Rosa took up the role in 2008 before stepping down in 2010. However, after the retirement of Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari test driver de la Rosa took up the position once again last season.

Having spent 13 years in Formula One, Button brings a great deal of experience to the role, and he could be in line to become chairman at the end of de la Rosa’s tenure.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Button is a good choice, though his car in the wet isn’t too stable so I hope Whiting keeps that in mind when Button starts complaining that it’s too wet to race.

    Still it will be nice to have continuity for the future.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Agreed Button is a good choice. As far as the McLaren cars I suspect they will be making significant gains over the next few races. They seem to understand the issues and have already made some improvements. If they continue to improve and I think they will, they may be at the front of the grid before long.

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