The meeting between drivers and FIA president Max Mosley is set to go ahead at the beginning of August, despite only half the grid intending to attend. Mosley cancelled a previous meeting planned for Silverstone but it's now scheduled to take...
The meeting between drivers and FIA president Max Mosley is set to go ahead at the beginning of August, despite only half the grid intending to attend. Mosley cancelled a previous meeting planned for Silverstone but it's now scheduled to take place in Cannes on August 1st, the day after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Some drivers already had plans, as the date is at the start of the three-week summer break, and Mosley expressed disappointment that more of them were not making the effort to turn up. However, as Toyota's Ralf Schumacher pointed out, it's not really necessary for everyone to be present.
"Since we are a group of drivers it doesn't need all of us to be down there," said Schumacher, who will attend the meeting, at Thursday's FIA press conference at Hockenheim. "You don't need 20 people down there that's pretty clear."
"We have agreed amongst us what we want and what we have agreed what we should talk about and that should be fine even if there are just five or six of us so it doesn't really matter."
Safety is one of the main points for discussion: "Basically safety in general and safety at testing, and just have a chat about what will happen in the future…" Schumacher explained. Safety during testing is of particular interest. "What we have as a safety standard at race tracks is not what we have at tests," Schumacher added.
"And we do more laps at tests than we ever do at a race meeting, so there are things that have to be addressed just to make sure…at tests there is the same danger of having a severe accident now, to have the same medical supply and everything."
Red Bull's David Coulthard recently mentioned the possibility that the drivers could go on strike if their safety concerns were not addressed, but just a few days later he backtracked and said strike action was unlikely.