Jenson Button has become a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association following the organisation’s latest meeting.
The GPDA has been the main driver body in Formula One since 1961, working to improve standards of safety, as well as ensuring the sport maintains the interest of the drivers. Maintained and run by the drivers, the GPDA does have significant power within the sport.
There are multiple directors within the GPDA, and Button will join Sebastian Vettel in the role, whilst Felipe Massa, who persuaded Michael Schumacher to rejoin the organisation in 2010, steps down.
Pedro de la Rosa remains chairman, continuing his second term. de la Rosa took up the role in 2008 before stepping down in 2010. However, after the retirement of Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari test driver de la Rosa took up the position once again last season.
Having spent 13 years in Formula One, Button brings a great deal of experience to the role, and he could be in line to become chairman at the end of de la Rosa’s tenure.
British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.
In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.
Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.
Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.
Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.
Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.
Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.