Russell thinks FIA’s ‘anti-porpoising’ directive is “good for everyone”

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George Russell says Mercedes didn’t want a regulation change mid-season, but he thinks it’s “promising to see” that the FIA has “taken action on this straight away”.

Yesterday the FIA has announced it is taking steps to reduce ‘porpoising’ on safety grounds.

While reactions from drivers and teams are pouring still in, and Max Verstappen is already blaming Mercedes for this development, George Russell says it was not in Mercedes’ interest for this to happen.

“I think this is something that everybody thinks Mercedes is sort of pushing for,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“But from a pure performance side of things, we don’t really want change because if there’s change, you never know if it’s going in your favour or against you.

“It doesn’t matter what boat you’re in, you’re either porpoising and you’re hitting the ground, or you have no porpoising so you’re running the car really close to the ground and you’re bottoming.

“So either way you look at it, it’s not great.”

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However, when it comes to drivers’ health and safety, George thinks the FIA is doing the right thing.

“I think it’s promising to see that they’ve taken action on this straight away and it’s not taken them weeks and months and political decisions to change something like this.

“I think it’s something that we as drivers have spoken about globally, that we want change moving forward because what we went through last weekend just wasn’t sustainable.

“When it comes to safety, things need to be resolved as soon as possible, so I’m not surprised to see it come in so quickly, but I think it’s good for everyone,” the Briton concluded.

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