Russell disagrees with rookie driver FP1 rule in 2021

13-06-2019 09:26
by Bobby Vincent
F1 News
Russell disagrees with rookie driver FP1 rule in 2021

George Russell has insisted he disagrees with Formula 1's plan to introduce a rule in 2021 where each team would have to use a rookie driver in at least two FP1 sessions over the campaign.

Despite Russell being helped by this scheme in the past (2017), the Williams driver has admitted he is not sure it's a great way for rookie drivers to express themselves in F1.

"It's a great idea to try and give experience to young drivers," Russell said to "But personally, I don't think it's a good idea because going into an FP1 session for 20 laps, these rookie drivers are going to try and prove what they have.

"You just can't do that without experience, so if anything it's just going to damage the driver's confidence more than doing good.

"I was a reserve driver for Mercedes last year, so I knew what it's like to go to a number of races, that's probably the most fatiguing part of it."

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