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Russell: "An open mind is needed to improve F1 rules"

Since Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas took over from Michael Masi earlier this year, there have been a number of controversies over the regulations and their application, causing some tension at the usual Friday driver briefings.

Faced with this situation, George Russell suggested that both officials and drivers should have a more open mind, since the problems “may lie in the regulations themselves”.

“The feeling is that they are doing a good job of sticking to exactly what the rules say in words,” he said when asked by about the race directors. “But sometimes, as we’ve said, things have to evolve.”

“And I think we need a little more open-mindedness between everyone, not just the race director, but we have to work together on this. Just because there is a regulation, it doesn’t mean it’s the right regulation.”

“For example, in my incident with Checo Pérez in Austria, if we look at the rules, I made a mistake and deserved the penalty. But until he passed me outside and turned I didn’t know that I was going to suffer understeer and I was going to go against him So there was nothing I could do.”

“And racing is a very dynamic sport. I don’t want to say they look at it on a case-by-case basis, but it’s not as simple as saying ‘this is what it says in the rules, and this is what we’re going to stick to.’

Expanding on the recurring issue of track limits, Russell suggested that on some tracks it’s difficult for drivers to judge how far they can go. “Everything has to evolve. For me, you have to go to the root cause of the problem, and the root is the circuitry.”

“You can’t allow the drivers to go wild and do whatever they want. But when you go to Austria, and you see those curbs are so flat, do you have to respect a white line when the car is loaded and launched and not the you see?”.

“So yeah, I don’t know what the future holds. It’s going to be another tough weekend this weekend in France. As long as we’re all on the same page, no problem. I think we’re working collectively.”

Asked if he would compare the approach he wants to a football referee, he said: “Well, I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to football, but every case is different. In football you can’t tell if a player attacks in this particular way. , will receive a yellow card, because everyone is different”.

“And there they try to have a guideline as such, but it is not necessarily black and white, you can approach like this or you can not approach like that. And in the end, that is what we have to carry forward in the competition. It is difficult, it is very difficult , but I’m sure in time we’ll come to a more unified point of view,” Russell concluded.

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