Williams Formula 1 Team driver George Russell has replaced Romain Grosjean as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.

Russell takes up the new role as director following Romain Grosjean’s exit from the sport and subsequent switch to IndyCar.

The Frenchman will still remain as an advisor in 2021 as he looks to support its efforts in improving safety standards following his dramatic 'fireball' crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year.

He will work alongside fellow director Sebastian Vettel, chairman Alexander Wurz, and Anastasia Fowle.

Fowle is the only non-driver on the GPDA and acts as the group's lawyer, dealing with its business-related activities.

The GPDA was originally founded to improve safety standards in F1, but now acts as a more general voice for the current crop of drivers.

The GPDA was involved in F1's anti-racism efforts, gave feedback about the new 2022 regulations and raised concerns about certain FIA rulings such as Safety Car procedures following the multi-car crash at Mugello last year.

Speaking of the announcement, Russell 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 [Fowle] Sebastian and Alex.”

The 2021 Formula 1 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain.