‘New’ GPDA scores win for test safety

Mon, 16 October 2006, 12:43

F1’s ‘new’ Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, headed now by three new directors, has scored its first victory for safety.

Ralf Schumacher, having replaced David Coulthard as chairman, recently slammed the Spanish test circuit at Jerez for lagging behind formula one standards.

The Toyota driver said at tests there were too few marshals, inadequate fire vehicles, and insufficient medical facilities.

“These are things that are easy and fairly inexpensive to fix,” Ralf said.

At the recent Japanese grand prix, it is understood that the GPDA – with Schumacher joined on the board of directors by Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber – earned the support of the teams in helping to implement the changes necessary to bring some test circuits up to scratch.


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