Drivers want bigger role in decision making

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rubens Barrichello and the GPDA want their voices to be heard © Sutton Images
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The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) is pushing to gain greater influence in the sport's decision-making processes.

According to the German magazine Speed Week, the GPDA - now headed by president Rubens Barrichello - met at the Yeongam circuit with FIA president Jean Todt.

"We want a permanent dialogue with the governing body," Barrichello, accompanied to the meeting by fellow GPDA directors Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa, is quoted as saying.

According to motorline.cc, Barrichello and his colleagues believe some of the problems in Korea - like troublesome kerbs and the dangerous pit entry - would not have been encountered if the drivers were more seriously canvassed.

"It was ok," Barrichello said after the meeting with Todt. "We discussed three or four things and he was very open. All we want is for the GPDA to be able to contribute more to the future of the sport."