Michael Schumacher is apparently reluctant to rejoin the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association – the body representing the race drivers’ interests – since making his return to the F1 stage.
Germany’s Bild Zeitung is claiming that the seven-time world champion is one of the sole remaining drivers on the 2010 grid who is not part of the group.
Schumacher was one of the principal instigators in the revival of the GPDA – a driver body that concentrates specifically on driver safety concerns – following the 1994 fatalities of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.
So why hasn’t he joined yet?
Other outlets are reporting that Schumacher’s past conflict with Pedro de la Rosa – the current and (the Spaniard hopes) outgoing GPDA President – who quit the GPDA in the wake of the 2006 La Rascasse-gate scandal, when Schumacher was found guilty of attempting to block the circuit during qualifying for that year’s Monaco GP.
The GPDA was to meet in Bahrain to determine its leadership makeup, but the decision was deferred until the next round at Australia.
Schumacher’s spokerperson, Sabine Kehm said: “Michael still supports the work of the GPDA, but he is not sure if he will join again.
"After all, he took the lead in this area for years. Now he really wants the others, who have taken over in the meantime, to continue,” she concluded.
Should Schumacher rejoin the GPDA?