George Russell replaces Grosjean at Grand Prix Drivers' Association

23 March 2021 - 19:46
By Reuters
George Russell looks on from the grid during day one of F1 testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12 2021.
Image: Joe Portlock/Getty Images George Russell looks on from the grid during day one of F1 testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12 2021.

Britain's George Russell has replaced departed Frenchman Romain Grosjean as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA).

The Williams driver joins four times world champion Sebastian Vettel and Anastasia Fowle, a long-time legal adviser who becomes the first non-driver appointment, as directors with chair Alex Wurz.

Grosjean, who had an astonishing escape from a fiery crash in Bahrain last December, has left Formula One for IndyCar after losing his seat at Haas but will remain on the board as an adviser this year.

Russell, who has a long-term contract with Mercedes, is about to start his third season at Williams.

The GPDA was founded in 1961 to represent drivers' interests, particularly in the area of safety.

“It is an honour and privilege to be nominated director of the GPDA, I appreciate the support of my fellow drivers in entrusting this role to me and recognise the responsibility it entails,” said the 23-year-old in a statement.