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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
Schumacher retains GPDA position
Michael Schumacher (left) and Mark Webber
Schumacher has been on the defensive with his fellow drivers
Michael Schumacher has kept his role as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after members met ahead of the British GP at Silverstone.

The Ferrari star had to explain his "error" at the Monaco GP which stopped his rivals from completing fast laps.

Fellow GPDA director David Coulthard said: "I think it was a good meeting, and we are still represented by the three main directors.

"There was a bit of tension to start with, but it has all been cleared up."

Before the half-hour meeting, there were suggestions that seven-times world champion Schumacher would be ousted from his GPDA position.

Many of his fellow drivers were critical of his actions at Monaco, where stewards relegated the German to the back of the grid over his conduct.

Coulthard said: "Everyone has their opinion of what happened in Monaco and it was good to clear the air after the last two weeks.

"Everyone is unanimous in that we are together and that we want to move forward, and Michael is a major player in that."

Schumacher could still lose his GPDA role when members makes their annual decision on the directorships later this year.

Coulthard said: "As per last year, Turkey will be a point where we nominate whether the three directors continue or whether we change.

"Personally, I think it is good to see change because then the reactive role of the GPDA keeps getting moved along."

Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Heikki Kovalainen, Franck Montagny and Anthony Davidson did not attend the Silverstone meeting.

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