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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2005, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Drivers talk safety with F1 boss
The Grand Prix drivers on the grid at the British Grand Prix
Twelve of the 20 Grand Prix drivers will attend the meeting
Motorsport boss Max Mosley described as "very constructive" a meeting with the Formula One drivers on Monday to discuss safety at private tests.

Twelve drivers - including both active world champions, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve - took part.

"The discussions covered a wide range of topics, including safety, rules for 2008, (F1) super-licences, overtaking and qualifying," Mosley said.

"The drivers want to put safety at test sessions on a par with Grands Prix."

David Coulthard, one of the representatives of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, said testing safety was his "biggest concern".

"OK, we have a helicopter, but the basic facilities at tests have not changed since Elio de Angelis was killed."

David Coulthard
Coulthard's relations with the FIA have been rocky recently
The Italian died in a crash at Le Castellet in the south of France in 1986 when his Brabham overturned and caught fire.

De Angelis was not injured in the crash but there were no marshals equipped to deal with a fire and they could not extricate him from the car.

Coulthard added: "My biggest accidents have actually come in testing as a result of mechanical failure."

The drivers have been divided by proposals for changes to qualifying next year, with some favouring a return to multiple-lap sessions and other preferring the current format with each driver on track alone for one quick lap.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has proposed two alternatives, one an aggregate system, and the other a multi-lap shoot-out.

The drivers have also expressed concern at the FIA's handling of the US Grand Prix fiasco, when seven teams withdrew because Michelin could not guarantee the safety of its tyres.

Mosley cancelled a planned meeting at the British Grand Prix last following critical remarks from Coulthard about recent rule changes.

The GPDA then released a letter saying it was "disappointed not to receive the full support of the FIA president" on safety issues.

Coulthard hinted at Silverstone that he was less than happy with the arrangements for the latest meeting.

"Clearly it's easier to get one man to a group than a group to one man, but that's what he's offered us and we will endeavour to make that meeting," said Coulthard.

"We only wanted one FIA president to come to our meeting and that was difficult to achieve, so time will tell whether we can get more than half the super licence holders (qualified Formula One drivers) there."

But the Scot added: "I don't have a particular problem with Max. Life's too short to be avoiding people.

"We all have to work together and to the best of our ability do our job, and we come from many different points of view - such is life."


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