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George Russell

Russell: F3 should 'not be allowed' to have 30 cars

The Mercedes driver and GPDA chairman feels there is unnecessary risk, even in dry conditions.

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George Russell has spoken of his "fear" about FIA Formula 3 and that the series "should not be allowed" 30 cars.

10 teams in the F1 support category all run three cars apiece with some juniors such as Paul Aron of Mercedes taking part.

Over the recent Belgian Grand Prix weekend, there was specific questions around safety of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with heavy rain predicted throughout the weekend, just weeks after the death of Dilano van' t Hoff in a Formula Regional European Championship race.

Van' t Hoff's death came four years after Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert was killed at the top of Raidillon in another multi-car collision.

The Spa F1 weekend would pass without incident as the heavy rain forecast did not materialise as was feared, but Russell was still uncomfortable about 30 cars being on the F3 grid.

Russell on F3

"The way the FIA is going about things now is better than it has been in the recent past," GPDA director Russell told media including RacingNews365.

"It all seems a bit more organised with Nikolas [Tombazis, FIA single-seater director] at the helm and Steve Nielsen [FIA Sporting Director] has been a really great addition.

"Niels [Wittich, Race Director] was thrown into the role and it is just having that open dialogue and good communication between us. It is better than it has ever been.

"The fact is, we are not going to find a solution for poor visibility for years to come, it is challenging and not easy.

"I fear a little bit for the junior categories with F3 out on track. I actually think F3 should not be allowed to have 30 cars on track at any point, even in dry conditions.

"I feel like it is a matter of time before a big accident happens there."

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