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GP Week : Issue 2
" , "" .... - æ F1 NEWS '- '\ '- --- - - Pedro, Webber call for youngsters NEWLY-appointed Grand Prix Drivers' Association President Pedro de la Rosa has told GPWeek of his vision for the future of the group, and that he will do all that he can to make sure that more of the sport's younger generation see the importance of its work. "I think it's very important to get everyone, not only the young ones but the experienced ones;' said the McLaren reserve driver. "All the drivers that are involved in Formula One should be a part of the GPDA because we have to understand that we are helping. We are working with the FIA in terms of safety and whatever we do it's not only for our own benefit but it's also going to be applied in the futu re with the other categories of motorsport. We have to understand that the more we are, the stronger we are as a racing community:' Mark Webber, a GPDA director, agreed with his new President. "I hope they [the younger drivers] will get involved, because everyone is benefiting from our work. We are not working 10 hours a week, we're working a few hours a week to constantly work with the FIA and Charlie [Whiting, FIA Race Director] and Max [Mosley, FIA President] to make sure that we keep evolving:' Their comments came about as Lewis Hamilton claimed Nico's, Head's Start WILLIAMS' double points finish and Nico Rosberg's podium at the Australian Grand Prix has been hailed by Williams F1 Director of Engineering Patrick Head as the perfect start to the season for the team. Rosberg's podium was Williams' first since the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, and the team's first in the season- opening race since 2003. "Obviously I'm very pleased that we've started the season with two car finishes and obviously because there were so few finishers it meant that even the second car was in the points;' Head summarised. "Nico had really a very, very good race, particularly considering we didn't really have a very good Friday and didn't do much useful running:' In typical Williams style however, Head refused to get overexcited about the result, stating that the team was looking for far grander results that he could not spare the free time to make a useful contribution to the Association and would therefore not be joining its number. Former GPDA President and ardent safety campaigner Sir Jackie Stewart, however, told GPWeek that Hamilton's involvement is crucial. "I think that's an error. He needs to be in the GPDA;' he stressed. "They need him and he needs them because the best cure for problems within the driver community is to have good communication. It is also important for safety and he is a growing experience within the sport:' The triple world champion also questioned Hamilton's reasoning for not putting his name to the Association. "It is not a question of time;' he urged. "Everything in life has its priority. This is his profession. His number one profession is driving racing cars and racing tracks, and that is the reason he should be a member of the GPDA. "It will help motorsport in general and the fact that the driver who will perhaps become its leader is not on that [the GPDA], is an oversight. I myself will have a chat to him about it because I think it's important. I was president of it through some of its most traumatic years and the drivers who did not attend were the ones who lost:' '. '\, "" :-- J"' " . ...... .. " , ,'" ' : i .. : h ' '!v,." "': ' 'T"; >'''; "I' ..- " ' "=.). . :' '..." .... j .; S :.:'1.; '.: ';' ' Z::,,'.ù'-M '" .:,'. ><: , jj; ;K"" :(, ,,., .i , , "::, <:'Ì'" f i/'\ " .. , , - .. ..7 ) r;:... \ '. ;'& ri' ,!,"Þ, ',':..: .;?' } , , . :;' /' ':-.. \.r;rr . ,(t}/ 'J '.' 1;." ":r " , . e :( t> , :1 J' : , ' . "'::' . " i " . ' ,'; I I' L' ð... w .&. .,...,..... ..." I . than simple podiums. "We aspire to greater things. Still, it's not a bad start. "Nico wants to be World Champion and in order to do that, he's got to wi n races. '1 : , " \ . We've got to provide him with a good car, so we certainly won't sit back and say how wonderfully we're doing. "The objective is to always do better:' 7