Standalone Australian GP is "too tough" on F1 teams

Mercedes driver George Russell believes having the Australian Grand Prix as a standalone event is "too tough" on Formula 1 teams amid a 23-race season.

F1 has returned to Melbourne two years after the grand prix was cancelled hours before practice was due to begin for the 2020 season-opener following the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the paddock.

The standalone nature of the race means most team members only got a few days at home before travelling to Australia early in order to adjust to the time difference.

"Having Melbourne in-between races, especially as a standalone, is too tough for the teams and everybody," Russell said.