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George Russell

Russell disagrees with Alonso F1 issue claims

The Mercedes driver believes the size of the current generation of F1 cars is not a factor in improving the racing spectacle.

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George Russell disagrees with Fernando Alonso's claim that Formula 1 cars have become too big, which in turn has made the racing "more difficult" recently.

The Spaniard called on the FIA and F1 to make an effort to reduce the weight and size to improve the excitement in the racing, however leading designers fear such changes will be difficult to implement without compromises on safety.

When asked if he agrees with Alonso's comments, Russell claimed the size is only a problem when they visit narrow circuits on the calendar.

"I don't find the size of the cars such an issue, it's only when you go to Singapore and Monaco that you really feel the size of them," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"They look cool when I compare with the smaller hybrid-era cars. I still think the machines from the 2004-era or the 2007/08 were the best looking cars."

"Perhaps they are a little too big [now], but I don't feel too strongly."

Russell: FIA must find compromise

The current generation of F1 cars are the heaviest in the history of the championship, weighing in at 798kg.

Many of the safety innovations are responsible for the weight increase, along with the increased usage of hybrid systems.

Russell believes the FIA must "find a compromise" along with F1 is they want to reduce the weight limit for future cars.

"There's two factors: one is performance, you want the lightest car possible just in for pure enjoyment of driving the cars," he explained.

"I mentioned it before about the safety aspect, we're making these cars safer but heavier as well.

"If you're doing 100 miles an hour and you've got a car that's the same weight as a bus and you crash into something versus a Smart Car, the bus is going to do more damage.

"This is where the engineers within F1 and the FIA need to find the perfect compromise."

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