George Russell and Jamie Chadwick represent F1 on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Sam Cooper
George Russell and Jamie Chadwick.

George Russell and Jamie Chadwick.

George Russell and Jamie Chadwick have been named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the sports and games category.

The list put together by the American magazine highlights 300 business people under the age of 30 who they believe are driving innovation and change in their respective fields.

The 300 candidates are broken down into 10 categories and Russell and Chadwick feature in the sports and games section.
Joining the two Brits on the list include Manchester City star Erling Haaland, current number two ranked men’s tennis player Carlos Alcaraz and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas.

Away from their racing exploits, both Russell and Chadwick have been praised for their efforts to push the sport forward. Chadwick is leading the charge for women in motorsport, having won all three of the W Series championships so far before moving to Andretti Autosport to race in Indy NXT this year.

Forbes described the Williams academy driver as someone who is “breaking the speed limit and gender barriers”

“I want to have the ultimate amount of success myself. I want to make Formula 1,” Chadwick told Forbes. “But my legacy, I want to inspire the next generation of women to get involved in the sport.”

Russell meanwhile received praise for his role as one of the directors at the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, the trade union for Formula 1 drivers.

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The Mercedes driver was named as a director in 2021 at the age of 23 and has been a vocal supporter for driver safety, notably following the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in 2022.

Russell’s role in the GPDA may soon change with the group waiting for the decision from Sebastian Vettel as to whether he will stay on as a director.

The four-time World Champion retired from the sport last year but as GPDA chairman Alex Wurz revealed to, he was being given extra time to contemplate his next steps. GPDA rules do not require a director to be a current racer and lawyer Anastasia Fowle currently holds one of the four positions.

As to whether he will take on more responsibility if Vettel does leave, Russell says discussions have already taken place.

“There are definitely discussions in place of how we’re going to go about things since Sebastian’s retirement from Formula 1,” Russell told media including at the launch of the Mercedes W14.

“I think the conversation we’ll probably have with the rest of the drivers in Bahrain, but I’d like to think my workload wouldn’t really change with Alex Wurz and Anastasia, those two are really, really on it, and a huge credit for all of us.”