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Russell and Norris fear the F1 pass could be HIGHER this season despite major rule changes in a bid to improve the race

BRITISH F1 duo George Russell and Lando Norris have both voiced concerns that overtaking could become more difficult.

F1 The heads have made a series of New rules for the 2022 season designed to make racing more fun.

Russell and Norris test-drive new F1 cars at Barcelona test

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Russell and Norris test-drive new F1 cars at Barcelona testCredit: Getty
Norris (L) and Russell both voiced concern that overtaking may not be as easy as this year

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Norris (L) and Russell both voiced concern that overtaking may not be as easy as this yearCredit: Alamy

The shake included tweaks to allow cars to stick closer behind, resulting in more overtaking.

But New Mercedes boy Russell and the man McLaren Norris reported that while tracking was better, they didn’t have much luck getting through.

Russell reports that he struggled to get past Norris during pre-season testing in Barcelona.

He admitted to reporters: “I think the tracking has improved but the slip current effect has decreased quite a bit, so I don’t really know.

He continued: “We can track closer but from what we’ve seen, the slip current effect is definitely less effective. We’ll have to wait and see.

“I came right behind Lando, I was a car or two behind him and didn’t catch up so it was a bit unsettling. Let’s see.”

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Norris was also quick to support Russell, as he admitted that he had intentionally kept By Lewis Hamilton teammates to see if he can outrun him.

“Me and George had a perfect performance on that,” he said.

“I didn’t want to let him pass while he was gliding, so I twisted him around and held him back a bit. That’s what you do in the test.”

He added: “We can track closer but then the slipstream gets worse, so positives and negatives from it. We don’t know which is the bigger impact at the minute, so so we’ll have to watch until the first lap.”

Norris topped the timesheet after the first three days of testing in Barcelona.

Meanwhile Russell admits Mercedes ‘not completely satisfied’ with the car in Spain, with much to do before the start of the campaign.

More tests will be held in Bahrain from 10-12 March, where drivers will have a chance to get acquainted with their new vehicles once again.

The two though admitting that no one will know exactly how difficult it will be until F1 2022 season opened the scoring, also in Bahrain, on 20 March.

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