George Russell pushing FIA for rule change

Last Sunday's Miami Grand Prix featured 60 overtakes, whereas the 2022 edition of the race saw 45.

George Russell has urged the FIA to make rule changes in an attempt to make Formula 1 “more exciting”, with the racing currently being labelled as ‘boring’ by the vast majority of the community.

The 2023 F1 season certainly hasn’t been a classic so far, with Red Bull having dominated every round this year.

Red Bull are currently the only team to have won a race this season, with the Austrians having actually claimed four 1-2 finishes from the five completed races.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have been untouchable, with Verstappen having won last Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix with ease despite having started the race in ninth.

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One of the biggest issues this season has been the lack of variety in tyre strategy, with Pirelli’s 2023 tyres having been able to last almost an entire race.

As a result, one-stop strategies have been the preferred option by all the teams, meaning little overtaking has taken place in an attempt to make the rubber last as long as possible.

At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon completed every single lap bar one on the same compound of tyre, something many drivers believe shouldn’t be possible.

Russell believes tyres that degrade more is an easy way for the FIA to make the racing more exciting, given that it’d throw up a wider variety of strategies.

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“Simple things like more tyre degradation can make racing more exciting. At the end of the day we all want to have the best, exciting, races possible,” Russell said during the Miami GP.

Another big issue this season has been the FIA shortening several DRS zones, something which has made overtaking incredibly difficult.

This is because the drivers have struggled to follow one another again this season, with Red Bull having been the only team who’ve been able to capitalise on the DRS zones.

Russell is convinced that the governing body have “taken the wrong path” in regard to DRS, with it being a topic that the drivers want to talk about.

“As far as DRS is concerned, we have taken the wrong path,” Russell added.

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“We are going to discuss this with the FIA because we want to be able to race like we fought each other in go-karting, when aerodynamics were not an issue. That is the ultimate dream.”

Russell does still think, though, that the new aerodynamic regulations have been good for the sport; however, the 25-year-old has admitted that “it’s time” for another change.

“It’s a good step, but now it’s time to take the next one,” Russell said.