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George Russell

Russell backs F1's strict track limits rules to stop drivers 'taking the p**s'

After drivers had numerous lap time deletions throughout the Austrian and British GP weekend, George Russell believes it is necessary to ensure drivers stick to the limits.

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George Russell has backed Formula 1's strict track limits rules, after several drivers have been caught out and penalised in the last couple of races.

At the Austrian Grand Prix a total of 12 penalties were issued post-race for track limits violations, while all drivers apart from Russell and Zhou Guanyu were issued with warnings from the stewards for exceeding the white lines.

While some circuits are stricter than others, Russell believes it is necessary when speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com: "It's so difficult because I appreciate from the millions of fans watching, if there's one rule one weekend [then] a different rule the next it's a little bit difficult to follow.

"Maybe they do need to be a little bit dynamic to a certain situation, [but] I don't think there was anything really to gain by going off at these final two corners in Austria.

"But then what's stopping you just taking the p**s? There has to be a limit somewhere."

Russell: Circuits need to do better job

The Red Bull Ring was reluctant to implement a gravel trap at Turns 9 and 10, despite recommendations to do so from FIA officials.

This is largely owing to the fact that it is not an appropriate solution for MotoGP, although it is understood that it will be considered for next year.

Russell believes more needs to be done by circuits to create deterrents for drivers, to prevent them from exceeding the track limits rules.

"Ultimately the circuits just need to do a better job to then not find ourselves in that position," he explained.

"Barcelona Turn 12, I think they put the gravel trap in and that's the limit. Turn 4 at Austria there is a gravel trap and there's no problem.

"We need to find a solution that suits both bikes and us. If we're talking purely for F1, a gravel trap is an easy solution."


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