Mar 31, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT
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.
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