Russell reflects on lessons learned as GPDA director

Henry Valantine
George Russell in the garage. Abu Dhabi December 2021.

George Russell says he has learned much more about other aspects of motorsport since he was made a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association this year.

The now-Mercedes driver replaced Romain Grosjean as a driver representative on the committee earlier in the year, and he serves alongside Sebastian Vettel as a director with chairman Alex Wurz and legal expert Anastasia Fowle – and they all promote the interests of the drivers on the grid, effectively acting as their trade union.

With separate issues arising on different subjects throughout the year, Russell said the amount of aspects he now has to think about in his role has given him a more rounded knowledge of the inner workings of motorsport – saying safety is a key priority in his remit.

George Russell walks through the paddock. Abu Dhabi December 2021.

“I’d say I’ve learned there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye,” said Russell, quoted by Motorsport Week.

“I’ve learned you always live and learn from situations and the sport is constantly evolving and it’s never enough, if that makes sense?

“You’re always striving for more. The safety aspect is the key one which I think things in recent events have been big talking points. Also, ways to try and improve the sporting regulations to make the racing better.”

As with any job, Russell said the group’s workload changes dependent on what is happening in the motorsport world at the time.

However, he added he has enjoyed being able to make a positive difference in the sport in his first season as a director, and will continue into the future as he makes the move to Mercedes.

“Sometimes there’s a very busy period, sometimes there’s nothing going on at all,” he elaborated.


“It all depends on the situation and what’s happening in the world of motorsport at the time and how we can try to improve certain situations.

“On a personal level, I’ve really enjoyed the involvement and it’s opened my eyes to things from just trying to go as fast as possible around a racetrack and trying to have a greater good and impact for everyone in motorsport.”


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