23-year-old George Russell to replace Grosjean as GPDA director

Also appointed as a director, previous legal advisor Anastasia Fowle became the first non-driver to take the position

By Yuri Coghe
George Russell joins the GPDA as a director as Indycar-bound Romain Grosjean steps out (Photo: Williams/Twitter)

Two new directors have been introduced to the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association), as announced by the association on Tuesday.

At only 23 years of age, Williams driver George Russell has been appointed one of them, joining four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz.

“I appreciate the support of my fellow drivers in entrusting this role to me and recognize the responsibility it entails,” said Russell in a statement. “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.”

Previous legal advisor Anastasia Fowles became the first non-driver to take the position. “I am proud they and their fellow drivers have nominated me for the first non-F1 driver Board position,” she said. “I am passionate about the sport and the industry and am honoured to be able to support the GPDA in its endeavours.”

Wurz, a former driver who raced with Benneton, McLaren and Williams from 1997 to 2000 and 2005 to 2007, achieving three podiums, has been part of the GPDA since 2014.

Headed to Indycar after 10 seasons in F1, Romain Grosjean is stepping down as a director but will continue to contribute as a consultant.

“The GPDA would like to sincerely thank Romain Grosjean for his dedication and commitment over his 4 years as director and wishes him a fantastic and successful time in IndyCar,” the association said in a statement. “We are delighted that Romain will remain as Advisor to the GPDA board for the coming year to finish his ongoing work on safety and the lessons learned from his (2020 Bahrain Grand Prix) accident.”

The GPDA was founded in 1961 to serve as the F1 drivers’ trade union. They represent the interest of the drivers mainly when it comes to safety concerns.