George Russell calls on Method 1 to have a grid penalty ‘rethink’ : PlanetF1

George Russell described the grid penalty system for energy unit modifications as a “double-edged sword”, given the sustainability features concerned in its introduction.

Method 1 groups are actually strictly restricted on the variety of energy unit parts they’re allowed to make use of per season, in an try from the game to restrict prices and improve groups’ sustainability credentials by recycling engines from race to race, reducing down on the variety of components used.

However the groups have often overused components this season, with seven drivers getting penalised at Spa and 9 taking penalties in Italy, the groups believing the high-speed layouts supply overtaking alternatives which may assist them make up the locations they lose in race trim.


This has led to grids being considerably jumbled up at these occasions, with no driver beginning the race within the slot during which they’d certified in Belgium.

Whereas the concept behind the ability unit limits is predicated on sustainability and prices, efficiency drop-offs and reliability points have induced groups to behave pre-emptively and introduce new parts to take them by the season, notably with the calendar increasing 12 months on 12 months.

“I imply, it’s a double-edged sword,” Russell advised reporters when discussing the grid penalty system, quoted by MotorsportWeek.

“We’re making an attempt to be extra sustainable in F1, reducing down the components and engines we use throughout a season.

“With increasingly races, we’ve three engines to take us by 23 races, operating flat-out on a single engine.

“It’s an enormous quantity. It’s regular there are going to be failures alongside the best way. I’m certain F1 can have a rethink alongside the best way.”

Russell will begin the Italian Grand Prix from the entrance row on Sunday after being bumped up from sixth by the grid penalties accrued by others.

With the numerous hole to Ferrari and Purple Bull on present from Mercedes all through qualifying, the Briton is stunned to see himself in that place heading into the race.

He hopes to struggle with Leclerc throughout the race although, even when Max Verstappen, whose penalty drops him right down to P7 on the grid, is just too far out of attain.

“We don’t should be beginning P2 after at this time’s efficiency,” Russell stated.

“It was once more a irritating session as a result of we are able to’t appear to get the automotive in that candy spot.

“FP1 the automotive felt nice, in FP2, FP3 considerably worse. In Q1, the automotive felt nice, a number of tenths off Ferrari.

“Q2 was worse, Q3 was worse. However finally that’s been a theme this season. Lining up P2 we’ll have a quicker race automotive, in all probability not quick sufficient to battle with Max, doubtlessly Charles.”

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