F1 drivers can have a lot of power to influence decisions - Massa

Felipe Massa feels Formula 1 drivers need to continue to present a united front because together they have a lot of power

F1 drivers can have a lot of power to influence decisions - Massa

Felipe Massa feels Formula 1 drivers need to continue to present a united front because together they have a lot of power.

Eighteen drivers had dinner on the Wednesday before the Chinese Grand Prix with many posting a picture of the occasion on Twitter with the hashtag #racingunited.

It followed a letter, signed by Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and GPDA president Alex Wurz, which called for F1's governance structure to change.

Drivers meet at each race on a Friday at the FIA drivers briefing but rarely do so away from the track.

"We need to repeat this [dinner] more, we need to be united because we have a lot of power," he said.

"Drivers together, united, we can push for a better show and a better sport. We can help.

"We want to be here to drive and be positive about F1.

"It was the dream for all the drivers that were together to be in F1.

"It is still the dream so we need to talk good about F1.

"We need to try to help F1 and I think we can do a lot to help and I think maybe F1 needs help."

Aside from the influence drivers can have by sticking together, Massa said they should get together more often just because it's enjoyable.

"It was a very nice dinner we had so we need to try to do other dinners like that," he said.

"We need to try to be close between the drivers.

"Maybe we can change a bit the mentality that is negative in F1 that nobody sees each other in the paddock.

"Everyone is stuck inside their room or in meetings and everything.

"We race together, but not, just on the track.

"We had a lot of fun and you also see things that maybe you don't know because you don't know the other drivers.

"You're talking, having fun and you have a different feeling about people you don't really know."

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