Massa and Sutil therefore joined reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton as this month’s newest GPDA entries, with the British driver announcing his decision to be part of the drivers’ body just before the Australian Grand Prix. The other still active F1 champion in the sport, Kimi Raikkonen, now remains the only driver who is yet to submit his application for the GPDA.
Massa was part of the GPDA in the past, but decided to renounce his position within the association because he felt it didn’t have any use inside the sport. However, with the latest superlicense-fee related conflict between the F1 drivers and FIA president Max Mosley, the GPDA proved its worthiness.
“It is important we are all there. It is great news that Lewis, Felipe and Adrian have come on board, but also that test drivers like Christian Klien are there too, and new drivers like Buemi. It's quite reassuring. I admit we were weak last year, especially when Felipe left. But he has come back, and I'm glad he has. I'm really delighted about Lewis being there too,” said De la Rosa for the aforementioned source.
“We wish Kimi was there, as he is one of the top guys, so hopefully he will agree soon too. The GPDA is an important organisation. Although the drivers fight each other on the track, we must be able to work together off it to solve problems. I believe the GPDA today is stronger than ever,” added the Spaniard.