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Formula 2 championship chief and Mercedes protege George Russell believes Formula 1 is missing “at least two teams” after his prospects of securing a 2019 drive have pale.

Russell turned down a primary Free Practice outing of the yr forward of the Italian Grand Prix as he focuses on his battle with 2019 McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris for the F2 title.

While Norris’s future is safe the fast adjustments in F1’s driver market in current weeks has put Russell’s commencement doubtful as Mercedes struggles to discover a place for him and sure Force India exile Esteban Ocon.

Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff instructed F1 ought to make third vehicles out there to groups with younger drivers, and Russell instructed Autosport: “I really feel like Formula 1 is at present missing at the least two groups.

“We solely have 20 vehicles on the grid, as a younger driver attempting to interrupt into that 20 is extraordinarily troublesome.

“I feel the concept of a 3rd automobile, or one thing alongside these traces, is an excellent thought.

“You typically see the pay drivers entering into Formula 1, and probably they might are available for his or her dwelling race: an Asian driver is available in for the Asian races, the American drivers are available for the American races and so forth.

“It gives the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull the chance to throw their young drivers in without any major issues.”

Rival F1 groups are reluctant to rent drivers who’ve ties to their competitors.

Wolff admitted this drawback, and the consequence of Mercedes struggling to get its drivers into F1 means he’ll think about the way forward for his firm’s junior programme.

Some of Mercedes’ rivals have reacted negatively to Wolff’s suggestion of a 3rd automobile, questioning the price and practicality of such a measure.

But Russell believes third vehicles could be a worthwhile expense for those who might afford it.

“Formula 1 is an extremely expensive sport because of the development, not because of the actual cost of the building the front wings or whatever,” he mentioned.

“The cash is spent within the windtunnels, on the designers’ salaries, the effort and time to design the vehicles.

“To make three wings as an alternative of two just isn’t going to be an enormous extra value. [Or] a 3rd chassis in comparison with two.

“Obviously it’s an increased cost, but it’s not much for the spectacle it could give Formula 1.”


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