Russell answers Christian Horner’s accusations regarding bouncing

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has accused Mercedes of exaggerating bouncing to make the FIA step in. George Russell dismisses such claims.

After the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that Mercedes and Ferrari have told their drivers to “b*tch as much as they could on the radio” regarding bouncing.

Horner thinks the drivers’ complaints are a deliberate attempt at forcing the FIA to change the rules so that bouncing can be prevented, without them having to sacrifice performance.

When asked about this, George Russell completely dismissed this notion.

“No one is saying this to try and gain any advantage,” the Briton said.

“You’ve got the Ferrari drivers, and even Max [Verstappen] saying how tough it is.

“You’ve either got porpoising and the car is hitting the ground or you have to run the car millimetres, perhaps one centimetre above the ground and you’re smashing the bumps.

“So whichever way you’ve got it, it’s not great for anyone. Something will happen. There’s no doubt about it.

“But I don’t know what the solution is, to be honest. At the end of the day, the majority of us are in the same boat.”


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Russell then explained the bouncing has been even worse in Monaco and Azerbaijan.

“It does feel worse. At the start of the season we had this porpoising and it was a slower, sort of wavey effect.

“Since Barcelona, we’ve got a different kind of issue. They’re not straightforward these cars, no doubt.

“I was pretty pleased to see the race come to a close because I was smashing the ground every single corner, every single lap out there for an hour and a half [and it was] pretty brutal.

“It’s what we’ve got to deal with and live with at the moment, and we as drivers have to expect.

“There are not going to be any short-term changes but there are conversations ongoing about what the long-term future of these regulations hold.

“Let’s see. We’ve got a lot of brilliant engineers and intelligent people in the sport and I’m sure they’ll find a solution,” the Briton concluded.

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