Belgian GP: George Russell says Red Bull and Ferrari ‘pushed the rules’ as attention shifts to new F1 board

Taking over from Mercedes and Red Bull, and explaining the new F1 regulations; there will be a new technical directive for the Belgian GP this weekend as the FIA ​​looks to crack down on porpoises, while there could be a performance hit at the front…

Last update: 08/23/22 15:49


George Russell thinks there is plenty to be proud of after Mercedes secured another double podium finish in Hungary.

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George Russell thinks there is plenty to be proud of after Mercedes secured another double podium finish in Hungary.

George Russell thinks there is plenty to be proud of after Mercedes secured another double podium finish in Hungary.

George Russell says there is “no question” that Red Bull and Ferrari “push the regulations forward” during the first half of the season and hopes the new technical directive for the Belgian GP will curb Mercedes’ F1 rivals.

After months of wrangling over concerns about the 2022 cars, a change is coming this weekend at Spa with a new rule that focuses on driver safety and rebound control, but at the same time limits the use of ‘flexi-floors’, an area that the fastest 2022 teams Red Bull and Ferrari are thought to have been exploiting in place of Mercedes.

The world champions have been surprisingly off the pace so far this season, but insist they have been less adventurous in utilizing the floor of their car, which can have a significant impact on performance.

“The spa is going to be interesting,” Russell said. sky sports. “There are changes in some small regulations that may attract other teams to us.”

Mercedes has previously been tentative about referring to Red Bull and Ferrari by name and blaming their rivals, but Russell said: “There is no question that Ferrari and Red Bull have pushed the regulations in that regard, and we have respected them as it was. regulation”. intended.”

As Formula One prepares to return after the summer break, we take a look at how Max Verstappen built an 80-point lead over title rival Charles Leclerc.

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As Formula One prepares to return after the summer break, we take a look at how Max Verstappen built an 80-point lead over title rival Charles Leclerc.

As Formula One prepares to return after the summer break, we take a look at how Max Verstappen built an 80-point lead over title rival Charles Leclerc.

The Belgian GP, ​​the first race after the summer break, is all live on Sky Sports F1 and the new technical directive adds another layer of intrigue, though whether it actually hampers Red Bull and Ferrari remains to be seen.

“There’s no guarantee that it will bring them closer to us,” Russell admitted. “We know if it was in our car it would slow us down. Every car is different, but it won’t help them, that’s for sure.”

While Red Bull and Ferrari have expressed their displeasure at the arrival of the TD, both have insisted that the floor changes will not affect their performance.

Take a look at the most riveting battles between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

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Take a look at the most riveting battles between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

Take a look at the most riveting battles between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen so far this season in their quest to become world champion.

“We just have to be careful not to overdo it here and create a big regulation change at this time of year,” said Christian Horner ahead of the summer break.

“I’m not worried about the technical directive. I don’t think that will have any consequences for us.”

‘The new rule could be worth 0.3s of lap time’ | Explaining the technical directive of the Belgian GP

Sky Sports F1’s Mark Hughes in his latest column, published on Wednesday

“With a quite different upper body aerodynamic concept to that of Red Bull and Ferrari, Mercedes’ larger exposed floor area was effectively an overhang, making it much more difficult to control. Later, limitations in the mechanical aspects of the suspension became apparent when controlling the drive

“Then it became clear that Ferrari and Red Bull had interpreted the rules regarding mounting the plate under the floor differently and allowed the plate to sink deeper into the ground when it hit the ground, giving a damping effect to the drive.

Martin Brundle joins Christian Horner at his country house to discuss all things Red Bull.

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Martin Brundle joins Christian Horner at his country house to discuss all things Red Bull.

Martin Brundle joins Christian Horner at his country house to discuss all things Red Bull.

“From Spa this weekend that interpretation will no longer be considered valid.

“If, as other teams believe, that mounting method would make a 5-6mm lower rear ride height feasible, it would potentially be worth around 0.2-0.3 seconds of lap time.”

“The Mercedes, despite taking pole position in Hungary due to a favorable set of circumstances (no healthy Red Bulls in Q3, Ferrari outside the tire temperature window), was still around 0.5sec away. of the final beat.

“So the Spa TD could well help Mercedes reduce their deficit up front, but taking on Ferrari and Red Bull on equal terms will probably require further development.”

Sky Sports F1 Belgian GP Live Schedule

Thursday, August 25
14:00: Drivers’ press conference

Friday, August 26
9.25am: F3 practice
10.35 a.m.: F2 practice
12:30pm: Practice One for the Belgian GP (session starts at 1pm)
14:25: Qualifying F3
15:45: Belgian GP Practice 2 (session starts at 16:00)
17:25: Qualifying F2
18:15: F1 show

Saturday, August 27
9.30am: F3 speed race
23:45: Belgian GP Practice 3 (session starts at 12:00 pm)
14:00: preparation for the Belgian GP qualifying
15:00: CLASSIFICATION OF THE BELGIAN GP
16:55: F2 Sprint Race

Sunday, August 28
7.45am: F2 main race
9.15am: F2 main race
12.30pm: Sunday Grand Prix: Preparation for the Belgian GP
14:00: THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
16:00: Checkered flag: Belgian GP reaction
17:30: Highlights of the Belgian GP

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