George Russell concerned about “less effective” slipstream effect

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George Russell says the 2022 cars are able to follow each other more closely, but “the slipstream effect is definitely less effective”.

Formula 1 introduced completely new aero regulations in 2022, with the aim of making it easier for cars to follow and ultimately overtake each other.

After completing the first pre-season test in Barcelona, George Russell says the following does seem to be easier, but he is concerned by a significantly reduced slipstream effect.

“I think the following has been improved but the slipstream effect has been reduced quite substantially,” the Briton said.

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“You obviously need that delta in the straights to overtake because you can only overtake at the end of a straight and into a corner.

“We can follow closer but from what we have seen, the slipstream effect is definitely less effective. We will have to wait and see.

“I got right up behind Lando, I was a car-length or two behind him and didn’t catch the straight, so that was slightly concerning so let’s see,” Russell concluded.

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