Russell “really enjoyed” working as GPDA director

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Qatar Grand Prix, Saturday 20th November 2021. Doha, Qatar. Credits: Williams Racing.

George Russell has reflected on his first year in the position of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association director.

Russell became the new GPDA director in March, replacing Romain Grosjean. The Briton admitted that he had learned a lot of new things in the new role.

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

“I’ve learned that you always live and learn from situations and the sport is constantly evolving. It’s never enough, if that makes sense. You’re always striving for more.

“The safety aspect is the key one, and I think things in recent events, especially [in Saudi Arabia], have been big talking points, but also ways to try and improve the Sporting Regulations to make the racing better.”

Russell also revealed that he enjoyed the process: “Sometimes there’s a very busy period, sometimes there’s nothing going on at all, but it all depends on the situation and what is happening in the world of motorsport at the time, and how we can try and improve certain situations.

“But on a personal level, I’ve really enjoyed the involvement. It’s opened my eyes to things outside of just trying to go as fast as possible around a race track and trying to have a greater good and impact for everybody in motorsport.”

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