Ex-F1 star Romain Grosjean shares why he thinks Williams driver George Russell was the best individual to take over his mantle of being the Grand Prix Driver Association's (GPDA) director.
After enduring a horrific crash at last season's Bahrain Grand Prix Grosjean was forced to end his Formula 1 career prematurely. While the Frenchman was able to continue his racing career, shifting his focus to the American Indycar championship, his departure left a hole in the GPDA, one that has now been filled by Russell.
"I think George was the right guy," Grosjean said on the Beyond the Grid podcast.
"We needed a youngster to be on board, to bring in new ideas, a new vision. It’s good to have George managing with Sebastian (Vettel) in the GPDA. Between Sebastian and George is, what, 10 or 15 years difference, which on track is not much, but in life, it’s a bit."
Grosjean also stated that he is still a part of the GPDA though not in an active capacity.
"I’m still in contact with them, still part of it as a non-member (to discuss) safety issues," Grosjean explained.
"We have a WhatsApp group so I’m still in there, still giving my feedback also from my outside window. I can watch it from outside and you see things slightly differently, which is a good asset to have."
The Frenchman also offered his opinion on the track limit issues that have plagued this season so far.
"Put some gravel or some grass outside of the track and then we won’t worry about track limits!" Grosjean commented.
"That’s something I really like about the US, that’s not a question that you ask yourself, and I feel like there’s been a bit too much talk about that."