Canadian Jacques Villeneuve has finally joined the Grand Prix Drivers Association after becoming increasingly frustrated this season that his views were not being listened to.

The BAR driver said: "I've found that proposals are better made from within than outside. I would like to find out what is going on in the discussions and for my ideas to have a influence."

Villeneuve declined to join the GPDA in 1996 when he arrived in F1 as he felt it would cater only for the drivers interests and not for Formula One.