Motor racing: Concerned Formula One drivers put on united front

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Formula One drivers, including Britain's four times world champion Lewis Hamilton, have shown rare unanimity by all signing up for their union amid concern for the sport's future direction.

Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz told the BBC on Wednesday that the Monaco-based organization now had 100 percent membership "for maybe the first time in history".

Hamilton, who clinched his fourth title with Mercedes this year, has not been a member in recent seasons while others who had been outside the body had included Ferrari's 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Wurz said Formula One, whose ownership changed in January with U.S.-based Liberty Media taking over, was entering ”a period of evolution, change and perhaps even a degree of turmoil.

“They (the drivers) recognize they must be united and represented to face that challenge.”

The contracts between teams and commercial rights holder mostly expire at the end of 2020, as does agreement on what kind of engine the sport should use.

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