Romain Grosjean has been voted in to replace Jenson Button as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.
Button’s decision to step down from racing full time in Formula 1 this season means the 2009 World Champion was requested to step down from his role in the GPDA, a role he has worked since being voted in back in 2013.
Following a vote by GPDA members during the recent Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, Haas F1 Team racer Grosjean has been voted in to join fellow director Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz.
“I am proud to have been elected by my peers as director of the GPDA,” admitted Grosjean. “We race drivers don’t always hold the same opinion, but as a group we are united in wanting the best for our sport.
“I believe we have an important role and duty to coordinate between each other and support the stakeholders in the evolution of the sport.”
Wurz has welcomed the Frenchman into his new role, and also had praise for what Button has done for the GPDA.
“It was a pleasure working with Jenson over the past few years as he always put the interests of the drivers and the sport first,” said Wurz. “Thanks JB for all your effort!
“Over recent years Romain has been a very active GPDA member. He has a lot of energy and thoughts about our sport and Sebastian and I welcome him as a great addition to the Grand Prix Drivers Association board.”