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George Russell

Russell proposes protester meeting over 'reckless' threats

The Mercedes driver says he is willing to have an open dialogue with protesters to prevent any track invasions.

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George Russell has said he would like to have "open conversations" with protesters before they think about a "reckless" Formula 1 track invasion.

The threat of a protest has stemmed from numerous events on the British sporting calendar also being subject to disruptions in recent weeks, including Wimbledon and the Ashes cricket Test match at Lords.

Lewis Hamilton has already warned of the potential consequences, while Lando Norris branded track invasions "stupid."

"We put our trust and faith in F1 and Silverstone," Russell, who is also the director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, told media when asked by RacingNews365 about the threat of a protest and if any discussions had been held.

"I think there's 100 extra marshals around this weekend to try and stop anybody running onto the track.

"We're all open and free to cast our views, but doing it on a live F1 track is pretty irresponsible and it shouldn't be dangerous. Not only [protesters] but drivers and marshals who are potentially running after people."

Russell: Protesters should look at what F1 is doing

Russell added that he would like protesters to look at what F1 is doing from a sustainability point of view, as the series pledges to reach net zero carbon by 2030.

The FIA also recently announced that every F1 team had reached the three-star environmental accreditation, the highest level of environmental sustainability recognition from the governing body.

Russell explained: "We're going to 100% sustainable fuels in the future, we're doing a huge push on the sustainability front and I think it would only be fair for them to have a look and see what we're doing.

"Even open conversations with us before recklessly running onto a circuit when we're driving past at 200mph."

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