F1 » Hamilton: Rule changes don't aid overtaking

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it was frustrating to see his Ferrari rivals pulling away while he was stuck behind Nico Rosberg.

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nFred - Unregistered

March 15, 2010 10:50 AM

Hey, Button, reigning world chump, how is that silky smooth driving style that all the Hamilton-bashers were sure would trump Lewis 'the tyre destroyer' Hamilton, going? Mmmm, thought so. Myth no. 2,067 re. Lewis Hamilton put to bed.

alex - Unregistered

March 15, 2010 11:05 AM

Funny how days ago we were looking forward to the most exciting season in ages, and how we all suddenly realised we are in for the most boring season ever.

Yes it will be "Interesting" seeing how the tyre conservation and associated strategies pan out, in the same was as it might be interesting to collect Aeroplane or Train numbers, or just seeing if Dulux Gloss white does dry faster than Valspar.

Possibly the worst move F1 has made I can remember, seeing how many cars were running with such little sponsorship, you have to be really worried.

Paul - Unregistered

March 15, 2010 11:50 AM

I'm no ingeneer, but even from my arm chair i could tell that Passing was already hard enough when the cars were light and nimble, explain to me why they tought that adding weight and reducing traction would help the situation...
Honestly, i watched the race with hopes that the passing would come at least in the final stages when the cars got lighter... never happened...
All i can say is thank good for mechanical failure aside from the rosberg hamilton movement the top ten would have remained the same as qualifying...
Sad really...
The FIA Would've had a fine time explaining a race with no passes lol
Bring back the 1999 2000 rules at least the cars were fast and sounded and looked good...

Alan D - Unregistered

March 15, 2010 12:22 PM

Paul: aside from the rosberg hamilton movement the top ten would have remained the same as qualifying...

Paul, I think that also illustrates how poor the coverage was. The commentators themselves didn't seem to realise that Rosberg had passed Hamilton for position somewhere on the opening lap. Nor did we see much about how Webber lost position to Schumacher. Barichello and Liuzzi were busier at the back, as was Kubica, but they got almost no coverage. Almost all the coverage was about pointing cameras at the lead cars. Worst of all is this last lap compulsion to follow the leader home, totally ignoring Vettel/Rosberg.


March 15, 2010 12:24 PM

I'm no F1 engineer or genius by far but shouldn't the cars have more mechanical grip (wider tires not more narrow) and less aero grip?

How does making the front tires narrow in addition to carrying heavier fuel loads suppose to increase overtaking?


March 15, 2010 12:35 PM

Lewis is right.
Motor racing is all about going flat out over the race distance,not having to worry about conserving tyres,
engines etc,Lets go back to the days when teams were allowed more engines and tyres,then we might see proper racing.Not the boring procession we saw on sunday.


March 15, 2010 12:49 PM

before we go laying the blame for all this at the door of the fia lets not forget that there is an "overtaking working group" comprised of engineers, some from fota members, that was supposed to suggest regulation changes that encourage overtaking.

so what the hell have they been doing?

the fact that ross brawn is on this committee and introduced the double diffuser last year says it all. the teams only care is their own self interest, they don't give a damn about the fans and what we want.

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