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George Russell has replaced the IndyCar-bound Romain Grosjean as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.

The Williams driver will work alongside Sebastian Vettel, who is also a director, and former F1 racer Alexander Wurz, who sits as the chairman of the GPDA.

Russell, who is still just 23, said: “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.

“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 was founded in 1961 and looks to serve the interests of the drivers on the F1 grid, all of whom are now members. It is headquartered in Monaco.

In addition to Russell taking on the role of director, legal advisor Anastasia Fowle became the first non-driver to become a director of the association.

“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,” she said.

“I am passionate about the sport and the industry and am honoured to be able to support the GPDA in its endeavours.”

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