Rus­sell crit­i­cises Euro­pean F3 team or­ders

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Euro­pean F3 star Ge­orge Rus­sell has crit­i­cised the al­leged team or­ders at Prema Pow­erteam that favour Lance Stroll.

Stroll won the opener at Paul Ri­card last week­end af­ter mak­ing an easy pass on team-mate Nick Cas­sidy. Cas­sidy claimed he grabbed first gear by ac­ci­dent but Rus­sell – who was third – said: “I feel sorry for Nick – to have to give his po­si­tion up to Lance on the first lap of the first race is bad for the cham­pi­onship.

“Nick can talk about mis­takes, but it’s rub­bish. He was on the back of Lance through­out the race. Hitech don’t have a way of pro­tect­ing me like Prema do with Lance.”

Stroll was taken out at the start of race two in a pile-up. Cas­sidy took the lead but made a mis­take, al­low­ing Bri­ton Cal­lum Ilott to win. Cas­sidy failed to win the third race ei­ther as a last-cor­ner lunge on team-mate Max­i­m­il­ian Gun­ther was un­suc­cess­ful.

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