Bahrain Grand Prix: Saturday News Round-Up

It has emerged that the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) has decided to delay the appointment of its new chairman until the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix.

A report by Autosport.com claims that the drivers decided to postpone the decision due to other commitments, including a scheduled meeting with FIA president Jean Todt who is in attendance at the race this weekend.

Pedro de la Rosa, the current GPDA President, has already stated that he wants to relinquish his position for 2010 and focus on his return to racing.

In other news, F1 legend Stirling Moss has thanked the well-wishers who wrote to him, following an accident at home last week which hospitalized him.

The 80-year-old, who broke both his ankles after falling down a lift shaft at his London home said, in a video blog on his official website: “I would like to thank everybody kind enough to write to me.”

“I am not feeling great, but I am feeling better. Obviously I am going to take it easy, which is a bit of a bore.

“But I should be bouncing back as soon as I possibly can. Hopefully that means I will be meeting a lot of you in the next few months.”

Meanwhile Nigel Mansell has revealed that he is considering becoming a race steward at a Grand Prix this season. The 1992 world champion admitted that he was in talks with the FIA, as a result of a new initiative introduced this season which aims to improve the policing of Grand Prix racing.

“I can honestly say that we’ve had a phone call, we’ve had a chat with the FIA,” he told the BBC. “I think it is a marvellous idea what they are doing because if they can get world champions as a fourth steward, if there is a coming together they can give their input.

“Obviously then the other stewards can interpret the rules and deem what the final penalty will be but I just think is very smart to give it more credibility.

“Past world champions are in a position to do that, and all credit to the FIA and everybody thinking about it.”

If Mansell accepts then he will follow in the footsteps of his former team-mates Alain Prost and Damon Hill, with the former fulfilling the role for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

In news tonight, ESPNF1.com has claimed that several teams will be forced to modify their double diffusers before the next round in Bahrain. This is after a rules clarification by the FIA and is reported to effect the likes of Renault and McLaren.