Former Grand Prix driver Alexander Wurz has been appointed as the new chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, taking over from Pedro de la Rosa.
The Austrian, who currently races in the World Endurance Championship for Toyota, contested almost 70 Grands Prix between 1997-2007 for Benetton, McLaren and Williams, earning a trio of third-placed finishes. He’s also a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner.
The GPDA was re-formed in 1994 following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna, and has principally served as a voice for the drivers’ concerns over safety and regulatory changes.
“I am very proud to have this responsibility and opportunity to build the GPDA into a more united voice for our sport,” Wurz said of his promotion.
“With the support of [FIA President] Jean [Todt] and Bernie [Ecclestone], the teams, the media and most importantly with the backing of our fans, the GPDA will now aim to become a more dynamic and positive influence for the future of our sport.”
Wurz has indicated his plans to tackle a number of issues in his new role, including greater fan interaction, improved co-operation with rulemakers to improve racing, as well as developing safety improvements in Formula 1 and its feeder categories.
Wurz will be assisted by Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, who were re-elected as Directors.
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