Russell Throws Shade At Title Rivals For ‘Pushing Regulations’ – WTF1

Russell Throws Shade At Title Rivals For ‘Pushing Regulations’

It doesn’t matter which way you shake it, Mercedes are back! But could their performance get even better in Belgium?

Back-to-back double podiums in France and Hungary have helped Mercedes claw their shitbox of a car (Toto’s words, not ours) back into race-winning contention, and unfortunately for their rivals, they’re not done yet!

With new technical regulations on the way to stop bouncy F1 cars making a return, George Russell reckons Mercedes may be able to battle it out with Red Bull and Ferrari when F1 returns after the summer break.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Brit said, “There’s no doubt we are making progress as a team. At the start of the season, we were finishing a minute behind the lead. Now it’s 10 seconds in the last couple of races. If we can continue on that path, we will definitely be in the hunt.”

“Spa is going to be interesting,” Russell added. “There are some changes to some regulations which may bring other teams towards us. I think we, as a team, have a lot of confidence and faith in ourselves that we are doing a great job, and there’s no reason why we can’t be in that mix.”

Russell also threw some shade at Ferrari and Red Bull, saying there’s “no doubt Ferrari and Red Bull have pushed the regulations”, and that “[Mercedes] have respected it as the regulation was intended”.

However, in Spa, the FIA are introducing new measures, including a clamp down on flexi-floors, to stop cars from turning back into the world’s most expensive yo-yos.

According to reports, this could affect the performance of both title leaders and bring Mercedes back into the fight.

Could the new regulations spice things up, or will Red Bull continue their dominant run of form?

7 thoughts on “Russell Throws Shade At Title Rivals For ‘Pushing Regulations’

  • christopher low says:

    maybe mercedes are jus not creative enough to bend the rules this year like they previously did in the past few years?

  • Chirstopher Bergsten says:

    Mercedes have been pushing the regulations aswell. Or did Russell really believe that it was OK in terms of driver safety to drive a car that is jumping? The amount of grip lost each time is insane. Moving into corners with numb backs etc. The fix was easy – Raise the car. They did not. They decided to go the route that can potentially hurt people. If that is not bending the rules, I don’t really know what is.

    • I think the problem was that it wasn’t against the rules, which is a problem with the rules themselves. Very disappointed in Mercedes for letting it happen, glad they’ve managed to fix it. and glad that the FIA decided to step in.

      • Chirstopher Bergsten says:

        Oh, I know. But complaining that the drivers can sustain permanent damage by continuing (And not raising the car) for me equals lawsuit by drivers. Technically, not against the rules. However, very disappointed indeed. And to be fair, I still see cars porpoising quite a bit.

  • I can’t fault Ferrari and Red bull for pushing the regs, every team does it in different ways. but the FIA has every right to clarify the regs when they find teams doing something cheeky. I’m very curious to see where this goes

  • Phillip Watters says:

    Mercedes F1 and Toto have failed their drivers by repeatedly putting them in danger they could have prevented. Shame on them and shame on Russell for not being man enough to stand up for himself and demand his team adjust/redesign the W13 to eliminate its dangerous level of porpoising.

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