Schu could face GPDA axe

(GMM) Michael Schumacher could face a struggle to maintain his spot in the 'Grand Prix Drivers' Association', according to speculation.

After stewards effectively disqualified the seven time world champion from Monaco qualifying, a majority of his driving colleagues are thought to want Schumacher to be stripped of his directorship of the body.

It was rumored on Saturday evening that the GPDA had already taken a straw poll on their reaction to the Rascasse incident, with the majority supposedly wanting him to stand down.

Reportedly, involving McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa and his manager, a petition was circulated in pit lane, with as many as 17 drivers wanting to show the German the big boot.

But David Coulthard, a fellow GPDA director who was spotted in deep conversation with Schumacher on the Monaco drivers' parade on Sunday, denied that the matter was officially on the radar.

The Scot said: ''It is rumors rather than fact.

''The main role of the GPDA is for driver and track safety and not to be involved in political issues.

''Michael is one of the most active members on track safety (in the GPDA) so you have to separate the two things.''

BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld commented: ''The incident will be discussed at our next meeting, at Silverstone.''

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