De la Rosa elected new GPDA chairman

According to Autosport, McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa has been voted in as the new chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA). De la Rosa takes over from Ralf Schumacher who left F1 at the end of the 2007 season.

The vote was held after Friday s meeting at Albert Park and the result was unanimous. The result comes as little surprise as de la Rosa was the preferred candidate for both GPDA directors Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso.

De la Rosa has stated that he is not planning to make any changes to the philosophy of the GPDA, and he wanted to concentrate on working with the FIA on safety issues. However, he is hoping to bring some of the younger drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen on-board as he feels that all drivers should be aware of the safety issues in the sport.