George Russell has been announced as the newest director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, replacing Romain Grosjean.
The Williams Racing driver and Mercedes-Benz protégé has stepped up to the role in the wake of Grosjean’s departure from Formula 1, with the Frenchman having joined the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2021 season. However, Grosjean will remain as an advisor to the GPDA for the current season.
Russell will work alongside Sebastian Vettel and Chairman Alexander Wurz on the GPDA, with the aim of the association to represent the thoughts and interests of all drivers on the Formula 1 grid when it comes to regulatory matters.
“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 recognize the responsibility it entails,” said Russell. “In its six decades of existence, the GPDA has been an integral part of supporting and shaping F1 safety, for the sport and our fans.
“I am looking forward to tackling the new challenges and opportunities alongside Anastasia, Sebastian and Alex.”
The GPDA has also elected a fourth, non-driver appointment in Anastasia Fowle, who will support its businesses and activities. She has been working alongside Grosjean, Vettel and Wurz in recent years as a Legal Advisor, but now finds herself on the board in a different role.
“After several years working alongside Alex, Sebastian and Romain, I am proud they and their fellow drivers have nominated me for the first non-F1 driver Board position,” said Fowle. “I am passionate about the sport and the industry and am honoured to be able to support the GPDA in its endeavours.”