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George Russell

Russell makes bold claim about drivers and using DRS

The DRS has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, with George Russell suggesting drivers would like to see a change in approach.

Russell Miami
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GPDA director George Russell says Formula 1 drivers would rather have DRS zones that make overtaking "slightly too easy" after recent concerns about its use.

In both Azerbaijan and Miami, the DRS zones were shortened, based on data and feedback from the 2022 races, although this led to some criticism from drivers given how difficult it is to overtake in the midfield.

Red Bull driver advisor Helmut Marko has even suggested the shorter zones are a tactic being used to clip the wings of the RB19 given the way they use their rear wing slot to increase straight line speed when it is open.

And Russell has revealed that all 20 drivers have come to the same conclusion over the use of DRS.

Russell explains DRS stance

"I appreciate the FIAs viewpoint that perhaps it's not quite as simple as just changing something overnight, and there's other elements to take into consideration," Russell explained to media, including RacingNews365, of discussions being held around DRS.

"I think the reduction by over 75 meters [in Miami] is three or four meters which is one car length and that can be the difference of overtaking or not.

"All 20 drivers sort of came to the conclusion that we'd prefer it to be slightly too easy, than slightly too difficult [to overtake with the DRS.]

"Having slightly too easy will create a bit more of an exciting race, slightly too difficult and it will be a very boring race, so you'd better be on the safe side in that regard."

			© Mercedes F1
	© Mercedes F1

Relationship with bosses

When asked by RacingNews365 of his working relationship with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Russell confirmed it was good - but also pointed to two other key high profile figures in Nikolas Tombazis and Steve Nielsen, the single seater and sporting directors of the FIA, respectively.

"I do speak with Mohammed, but not really about sporting things and obviously the decisions come from Nikolas and Steve," Russell said.

"The relationship is growing with those two, and hopefully in the coming months, it can continue to grow and we all agree that we're in this together and only want the best for the sport."

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