After receiving a penalty during the British Grand Prix weekend, George Russell expressed his dissatisfaction to the FIA.
With the increase of penalties, George Russell hopes drivers aren’t discouraged from racing hard.
After receiving a “severe” penalty during sprint qualifying ahead of the British Grand Prix, George Russell has expressed concerns with the FIA, saying that too many could dissuade drivers from “hard racing” in the future.
After colliding with Carlos Sainz in sprint qualifying on the Saturday of the race weekend, Russell was given a three-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix.
At Brooklands, the Williams driver was on the inside of the Ferrari on the first lap of a frenetic 17-lap race to establish the grid, before the two collided, sending Sainz plummeting down the order.
Russell finished in the top ten in qualifying, but due to the three-place drop, he had to start outside the top ten.
It occurred after F1 race director Michael Masi indicated that the procedure for assessing penalties resulting from sprint qualifying would be identical to the main event.
Russell was frustrated thereafter, claiming that the team was bewildered.
When asked about his first-lap incident by Motorsport.com, he stated, “That’s what we were arguing about [the punishment].” “Rubbin’s racing,” as they say, and I believe that having close, intense racing is always beneficial for the fans and even the drivers.
“So I think when there are so many penalties handed out, it changes the drivers’ perspectives and how they approach it significantly, and nobody wants to sit there and everyone be careful, because it won’t be fun for anyone.
“It wasn’t until the last two events when penalties really started to pile up. We don’t want to see penalties handed out week after week.
“So, yeah, we need to know what their thoughts are on this. It’s always a razor-thin line between a penalty and not. And maybe the fact that there have been more than usual in the last two races is just a coincidence.”
Despite the fact that it was the first lap, Sainz was obliged to take evasive action and took a trip across the grass, dropping to the back of the group.
Russell was found to be at fault by the stewards, but the 23-year-old believed the punishment did not suit the crime.
Russell stated, “I thought [the punishment]was a little bit severe.” Brinkwire Summary News: “It was one of those first laps.”