George Russell worries about ‘major incident’ in near future due to ‘dangerous’ new cars

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GEORGE RUSSELL has admitted his fears a few main incident.

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Mercedes driver George Russell has branded Method One’s new wave of vehicles as “harmful” and admitted that he believes there’s solely a matter of time earlier than a serious incident happens. Russell, who will begin fifth on the grid on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, was one among a number of drivers complaining concerning the porpoising that his automotive was affected by, a characteristic that has plagued Russell’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton this season.

“It’s positively harmful and it’s only a matter of time earlier than we see a serious incident,” the 24-year-old mentioned. “It’s brutal. We’re being shaken to items and I can barely see the place to brake on the finish of the straight as a result of we’re bouncing round a lot.

“I don’t assume we’re the one automotive. Half of the grid are in the identical boat, together with Ferrari.

“Quite a lot of us can barely hold the automotive in a straight line over the bumps and we’re going around the final two corners at 200mph, with concrete partitions both aspect of us, which isn’t a cushty place to be in.

George Russell worries about 'major incident' in near future due to 'dangerous' new cars

George Russell believes that the brand new period of F1 vehicles are harmful. (Picture: GETTY)

“It’s pointless, with the expertise that we’ve, that we’re operating a Method One automotive millimetres from the bottom. It’s a recipe for catastrophe. I don’t know what the long run holds however we can not maintain this for 3 extra years or nevertheless lengthy these laws are in place for.”

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admitted that their automotive was “everywhere” throughout qualifying, as Hamilton completed two locations behind Russell in P7. “The automotive is simply everywhere with porpoising and bouncing, you title it”, the Austrian instructed Sky Sports activities F1. “It’s by no means one factor… add to this we’re perhaps not essentially the most environment friendly by way of drag, we’re shedding greater than a second to Ferrari in straight-line velocity, all of that makes us simply not aggressive.”

George Russell worries about 'major incident' in near future due to 'dangerous' new cars

George Russell racing in Baku. (Picture: GETTY)

Mercedes have been instructed that in the event that they have been capable of get their porpoising below management then they might be capable to compete with Ferrari and Crimson Bull in Baku. Throughout observe, Hamilton admitted that he was struggling once more with the porpoising. “The toughest factor about at the moment was the bouncing,” Hamilton mentioned on Friday. “We’re hitting severe speeds on the finish of the straight and bottoming out. We’re dealing with the identical issues as within the final race.

“We tried one thing experimental on my automotive within the second session, it didn’t really feel nice however at the very least we tried it and we bought some helpful knowledge to undergo. We’ll in all probability revert to the unique set-up tomorrow.”

Hamilton has averted a grid penalty following an investigation into claims he drove unnecessarily throughout an incident with Lando Norris on the finish of Q2.


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