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George Russell says the sweltering Qatar Grand Prix went ‘beyond the limit of what is acceptable’ — raising the question of what can be expected of modern Formula One drivers. ‘This was beyond the limit of what is acceptable,’ said Russell, a director of the safety-focused Grand Prix Drivers’ Association. You don’t want to be passing out when you are driving at 200mph, and that is how I felt at times. Russell’s comments — echoed by several of his peers — go to the heart of what is fair to ask of drivers. Qatar pays one of the largest hosting fees on the calendar — £60million a year.

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