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George Russell

Russell: Andretti has enough quality to join F1

Even though the prospective American team has faced opposition, some drivers have thrown support behind them.

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George Russell believes that Andretti has enough quality to join the Formula 1 grid, as the American outfit looks to finalise its entry to become the 11th team.

The FIA recently approved Andretti Formula Racing LLC's application, after a rigorous application process in which three other teams were rejected.

Andretti is now currently entering into "commercial talks" with Formula One Management as part of the final phase of its entry.

There has been a lot of opposition from the existing 10 teams, who fear an 11th outfit could impact their finances due to the reduced prize pot that would be on offer.

Fellow Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has voiced his support for the team, believing that it could be a great opportunity to create more jobs in F1.

Russell: Quality over quantity

While Russell is indifferent about Andretti joining the grid, he feels the team has displayed enough "quality" to earn a place in one of the FIA's premier motorsport categories.

"I think Formula 1’s the pinnacle and we want to see quality competition so I'm not for, I'm not against," Russell told media, including RacingNews365.

"But definitely if there were to be an extra team it's got to be a quality outfit, one that can add to the sport.

"We want to see competition, in an ideal world you want to see all 10 teams fighting against one another.

"So I'm sure F1 will come to the best conclusion and answer whatever it may be, but we've got to have quality over quantity. But as I said, I don’t feel strongly."

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