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George Russell

Russell looks to AI and technology to help wet weather safety

The Mercedes driver feels future technology can be used to prevent freak accidents from happening in motorsport.

Russell Belgium wet
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George Russell believes the FIA must be "bold" with its decision-making during wet weather conditions.

The Belgian Grand Prix was hit with multiple stoppages due to poor weather conditions, with drivers doing laps behind the Safety Car before the start of the Sprint race.

Research is ongoing into a 'wet weather' package that can be fitted to each car to help reduce spray and increase safety, while Pirelli is also floating around the idea of introducing a 'Super Intermediate' tyre that can be used in extreme wet weather and dry crossover.

Russell, who is director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, said drivers have a good dialogue with the governing body on safety matters.

"Being in this role now for three years or so, I think there's definitely more interaction between us collectively as drivers and the FIA," he told media, including RacingNews365.

"They're definitely wanting to hear our views, put our perspectives forwards from the cockpit, not only to try and improve F1 but motorsport as a whole."

Russell: Technology can help prevent tragic accidents

F1 visited Spa Francorchamps weeks after a tragic accident in Formula Regional European, which claimed the life of 18 year-old Dilano Van't' hoff.

Russell believes AI technology can be used to explore solutions that can help prevent freak accidents in the future.

"We've all got this incredible technology here. I'm talking about future AI technology that may help solve some of these tragic accidents that happen," he said.

"But equally, it needs to be stuff that can filter down into lower formulas, which don't have all of the technology and the CCTV cameras to make these quick reactions to terrible incidents."


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