George Russell advocates for rules to make crew members not work on ‘every single race’ in next year’s 24-events calendar

George Russell is concerned about the well being of the team members ahead of an unforgiving 2024 F1 season.


George Russell advocates for rules to make crew members not work on ‘every single race’ in next year’s 24-events calendar

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell (Via IMAGO)

The 2023 F1 season had 23 events slated to take place in the year. But because Monza dropped out for uncontrollable reasons, the season saw a total of 22 races taking place. While the teams had to do one race less, it still took a hefty toll on the members of all participating teams and George Russell sees this as a major concern.

George Russell is the director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association and thus feels, that he must bring the attention of the decision-makers toward the well-being of the F1 team members. 2024 has 24 races on the calendar and Russell believes that it would just not be right for the various team crews to do all 24 races.

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He believes that the members of the teams should be regulated carefully next year and while talking about it in detail, he said, as reported by RaceFans;

I’ve got so many mechanics who are ill, people in the engineers’ office just really struggling with the constant timezone shifts, the body not knowing where you are, eating at different times, staying in different hotels, different environments, different climates.

Looking at the reaction of the Brit, it is quite clear that he wants F1 to come up with a solid workaround so that the team members don’t suffer next year.

I think there are talks for next year about personnel being regulated that they can’t do every single race. I think that would be a good thing. I don’t think it’s sustainable to 4,000 people, I think to do 24 races a season.

George Russell did not have the best of F1 campaigns in 2023

While George Russell is trying to push the hierarchy of the pinnacle of motor racing to take action in favor of the team members for 2024, on a personal note, he did not have the best of F1 seasons this year. Russell was pretty much second best at Mercedes in comparison to his former 7-time world champion teammate, Lewis Hamilton.

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George Russell (Credits: Planet F1)
George Russell (Credits: Planet F1)

During the 2023 F1 season, Russell was only able to manage 175 points whereas Hamilton, on the other hand, did an exceptional job for the most part and ended his campaign with an impressive 234 points. Moreover, in the process of doing so, the latter was also able to amass six podium finishes.

The 2024 F1 season will be the most grueling/challenging campaign yet in the history of the sport, and considering this, all the teams will be pushed to their absolute brink in various ways. It is going to be fascinating to see what the sport would do to look after the well-being of the various teams next year.

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