George Russell demands F1 officials show more common sense after hitting drivers for penalties that are ‘too extreme’ with Fernando Alonso pulled up twice in Saudi Arabia

Formula One needs to apply common sense in handing out penalties for infringements where visibility is a real problem for drivers, according to Mercedes driver George Russell. ‘I feel like some of these penalties have been a little bit too extreme,’ Russell told reporters in Jeddah. ‘I think a little bit of common sense needs to be shown,’ added the Briton who was briefly promoted to third place before Alonso, Formula One’s most experienced driver with a record 357 starts, was reinstated for his 100th career podium. ‘I think he (Alonso) was a bit to the left (at the start) … he gained nothing from this. It’s really, really tough so that’s why I think in this regard we need to show a little bit more common sense.’.

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