Six drivers – Pedro de la Rosa, Robert Doornbos, Sebastian Vettel, Christijan Albers, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg – were drugs-tested by the governing body at Istanbul on Friday.
But the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association still met in the evening to discuss the issue of even tighter anti-doping controls. Key pilots aired opposing views.
”I don’t see why we need to make an issue of it,” said David Coulthard, a director of the drivers’ body.
His 2007 Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber, argued: ”I am not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but why not more testing?”
De la Rosa doubted that any driver used performance-enhancing drugs, such as EPO, but said using state-of-the-art detection techniques will allow F1 to ‘better demonstrate that we are clean’.
Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, amusingly commented: ”In this sport the cars are drugged, not the drivers.”