Russell calls for “more aggressive” cost cap and aero testing restrictions

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George Russell says “at the moment, nobody is catching Red Bull” under the current cost cap and wind-tunnel testing restrictions.

There’s no doubt that even with Formula 1’s aero testing restrictions in place, which are supposed to help teams catch up to the dominant team, there’s little hope that Red Bull’s dominance will be stopped under current F1 regulations.

George Russell believes perhaps these mechanisms should be more strict.

“I think the changes that we’re seeing in the regulations with the cost cap, with the wind-tunnel time, it is going to bring the field closer together, but does it need to be more aggressive?” the Briton asked.

“I don’t know, because at the moment, nobody is catching Red Bull either with these things in place, but we just need to focus on ourselves, and keep doing the best job possible.

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“We need to try and bring ourselves further up the order, but also being realistic that Red Bull is a long way ahead of everybody, and it may not be until 2026 that they have a real challenge for the title.”

However, George points out that previous eras of dominance ultimately came to an end.

“When you join a team like Mercedes, we’re all here to win, and that is the same for Ferrari and McLaren as well.

“It was the same for Red Bull during the Mercedes dominance era, and unfortunately, this is Formula 1.

“You always see dominance, if you look at 30 years ago, you had Williams dominating, you had McLaren dominating, then it was Ferrari who dominated and then Red Bull, then Mercedes,” he concluded.

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