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Russell: F1 drivers want to discuss 'crazy' stewards decisions

George Russell says that Formula 1 drivers are hoping to have discussions with the FIA and stewards regarding the decision-making in previous Grands Prix.

Formula 1 drivers are looking to open discussions with the FIA about the decisions made by race control during Grands Prix, according to George Russell. The decision-making came under the spotlight at the previous race in Melbourne, when a record three red flag periods occurred. One red flag stoppage affected Russell, who had made a pit stop prior to the race being red-flagged for the first time, putting him down the order. The second red flag period triggered a manic restart on Lap 57, which saw several car eliminated and race control elected to fly the red flags once again, setting up a Safety Car finish. Russell, who heads the Grand Prix Drivers Association, questioned the "inconsistent" decision-making in recent events, and hoped for issues to be "ironed out".

"For sure, there's going to be a lot of conversations with the FIA to understand their views," Russell told media, including RacingNews365.com . "It's a bit of a challenging time, no doubt for all of us in that regard, and for sure as well for the FIA. "They're not stupid, and they're trying to do the best job possible, but things do need to be ironed out to understand where their approach is going to lie. "We can't really be having weekends that are just totally dictated by what somebody in the race control office wants to do. "We've seen a few crazy or rogue decisions being made recently. If they're consistent, that's absolutely fine, but it's the inconsistency that makes it challenging for the rest of us."

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