Button becomes GPDA director

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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.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”