The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) has delayed a decision on whether to appoint a new chairman until the next race in Australia, AUTOSPORT has learned.
Current GPDA chairman Pedro de la Rosa has made it clear that he does not want to continue in the role now that he has taken a race seat with BMW Sauber. He wants to ask the GPDA membership if they would like to replace him with another driver – and a vote on the decision was due to be taken in Friday night's regular drivers' meeting.
However, with the drivers having a lengthy first catch-up since the end of last year – and FIA President Jean Todt in attendance in Bahrain for a scheduled meeting, the drivers decided to postpone the decision on a new chairman until the next race in Australia.
De la Rosa said recently that he would be happy for his fellow drivers to have the final say on if they want a new chairman
"I personally would like another guy to step in in my position," he explained. "I've done it for two years, so it is healthy.
"There are guys there who will have more time, and we need dedicated guys. I've been very happy with what I've done, I think I've done a good job, and now it is time for guys with more time to take over. However, I will leave it to them. I think that they will agree with me – but let's see what they say."