De la Rosa elected GPDA president

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Mar.6 (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa has returned to the head of the F1 drivers’ trade union, the GPDA.

The Spanish veteran was the president of the safety-oriented Grand Prix Drivers’ Association between 2008 and 2010, stepping down when he returned to the grid with Sauber after years as McLaren’s reserve.

Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello were the next to lead the Monaco-based body, but the latter has now left F1 to race in Indycar this year.

Spanish news agency EFE, said de la Rosa – who will race this year with the back-of-the-grid HRT team – is indeed now returning to the GPDA role.

The report said the GPDA decided last year that in the event of a vacancy, the 41-year-old would once again lead the body.

EFE also said the driver confirmed the news personally.

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