Former F1 driver Derek Warwick has been elected as the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s news president in the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Warwick takes over the role from former World Champion Damon Hill.
Warwick’s extensive motor racing career spanned three decades, including eleven years of F1 competition, wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Sportscar Championships and three years in the British Touring Car Championship. He recently gave Richard’s F1 one of most widely-read interviews.
“First and foremost I would like to thank Damon for the loyalty and commitment he has shown to the BRDC during his time as President,” Warwick said after the announcement.
“He steered us through some difficult, but ultimately successful times and my aim is to continue where Damon left off. The BRDC and Silverstone face an exciting future. We now have a 21st century race circuit with 21st century facilities; over the next 5-10 years we have the opportunity to continue developing Silverstone into the best motor sport venue in the world.
“The immediate focus is on securing third party investment in Silverstone, to realise the full potential of the 760 acre Estate. While the President is a non-voting member of the BRDC Board, I will continue to work closely with the Board as we seek and consider opportunities with suitable third parties.
“I am also passionate about supporting our young British drivers. It is important to me that the Club is a place that young drivers want to come to. Us older members are the heart and soul of the BRDC, but the younger drivers are our future.
“The success of the British motor sport industry, including the British Grand Prix, is intrinsically linked to the success of British drivers, competing at the pinnacle of their sport. These are tough economic times for everyone, especially our young drivers, and the motor sport industry needs to pull together to support up-and-coming talent.”