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Martin Brundle replaces Sir Jackie Stewart at helm of F1's benevolent fund

Sometimes people who work in F1 teams fall on hard times or suffer mental health or medical crisis after they have left, or after a team collapses.

Martin Brundle replaces Sir Jackie Stewart at helm of F1's benevolent fund

Sometimes people who work in F1 teams fall on hard times or suffer mental health or medical crisis after they have left, or after a team collapses. For that the sport has a benevolent fund, which has been around almost 30 years. It is there to help people get their lives back on track.

The GP Mechanics Trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and now the three times world champion is stepping down to focus on matters closer to home and former driver turned TV commentator Martin Brundle is taking over as chairman.

Martin Brundle, GP Trust

At the same time the scope of the Trust is widening to cover anyone who has worked for a team in any capacity as well as some other roles in the F1 paddock, recognising that the notion of a ‘mechanic’ in F1 has become outdated.

In the last 30 years F1 teams have gone from a group of a dozen mechanics to many hundreds of technicians, only 65 of whom travel to races. To reflect the wider scope it is being renamed Grand Prix Trust.

I am proud to serve as one of the seven trustees, alongside Sir Patrick Head and Red Bull Racing Sporting Director Jonathan Wheatley, who is responsible for liaison with all the current F1 teams. Other trustees come from the commercial, medical and legal side of the sport and we also have a former F1 mechanic, Michael Jakeman.

“It’s been a great trip and I’m very happy to have been part of something that hopefully has helped a lot of people," said Stewart.

Jackie Stewart

“It started with a wonderful group of people, Ken Tyrrell and Walter Hayes specifically, and right up until today we’ve had a great number of really prominent people from Formula One Grand Prix racing. To begin with it was solely for Grand Prix mechanics but now, as the motorsport world has changed, it’s only right that I change as well."

The Trust will now greatly expand the amount of people eligible for support and will need to raise more money to cope with that demand. We will keep you posted about the latest initiatives through this page.

Martin Brundle said: "Quietly it’s [the Trust] helped an enormous amount of people in a very significant way. We’re proud of that and I admire the work he’s done.

“I fully understand his reasons for stepping down from various entities to enable him to refocus. I’ve been a Trustee now for 20 years and the Chairman’s are very big shoes to step into, but I relish the challenge.

“There’s a lot more work to be done and we need to expand, communicate and inform in order to keep up the invaluable support. We have some exciting plans”

For more information on Grand Prix Trust, check out the Facebook Page

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