Historic first for GPDA in uncertain times

Date published: December 14 2017

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman, Alex Wurz, has revealed that there has been a 100 per cent sign-up for the first time since the association's inception.

Wurz believes the increase in sign-ups is due to a pressing need for the drivers to stick together during the gradual process of Formula 1 becoming more in line with the vision of new owners Liberty.

The blueprint for the sport post-2020 is at the first draft stage and the drivers feel a collective voice will help ensure that they have some input and protection with regards to the on-track changes.

"F1 is entering a period of evolution, change and perhaps even a degree of turmoil," said Wurz.

"They recognise they must be united and represented to face that challenge and prevent any politics or power fights from ultimately compromising on-track performance. The drivers believe unity is fundamental for the sport's success."

Wurz reitered that the GPDA are not there to rebel against the future changes and only want what is best for the sport.

"The GPDA demands only that the sport remains the centre of attention and we want to hold everyone in the decision-making process accountable for their actions and decisions," he added.

"All adjustments to the sport should only be done and conducted in the best interest of the sport and not of any one individual. This is what unites the drivers; the sheer will to keep F1 as the pinnacle of motor racing."

Wurz also stated that the drivers are overwhelmingly in favour of the new regulations that were introduced ahead of the 2017 season, which led to increased speeds and lap records tumbling.

"We are all particularly proud that the new cars, with their faster cornering speeds, had such great effect," he said. "The drivers love them and we have seen an instant increase in viewership and followers.

"The GPDA pushed for this rule direction for the last three years. Happy drivers are F1's best sales tool," he added.