Lewis Hamilton says he wouldn't be against changes to Formula 1 in the interest of safety as the question of closed cockpit F1 cars is raised again in the wake of Jules Bianchi's death.
The 25 year-old passed away on 17th July 2015 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix having been in a coma for nine months.
As one of the many F1 drivers to attend Jules' funeral earlier this week, Mercedes driver Hamilton laments that he wasn't close to him personally, but his loss has been felt deeply in the paddock ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“It is something you don't want to see in sport,” he said. “It is difficult to grasp the sheer magnitude of it. It is painful to see people unhappy. I couldn't say I was a friend of Jules, I didn't know him that well. I have been stood outside and every camera crew asks about him, it feels awkward to talk about it. We are here today and we are healthy, but a talented individual is not with us.”
Much discussed following Felipe Massa's accident at the Hungaroring in 2009 when he was struck by a piece of debris, the topic of closed-cockpits is once more being raised. It is a development that Hamilton is keeping a keen eye on, adding that he would support any potential changes if they are introduced for the sake of safety.
“I saw some pictures a month ago, I think maybe of the McLaren and they looked cool. Whether it would work, I don't know, but definitely we are always talking about safety. I imagine at some stage there may be a change that F1 would do. I am never against any changes, so long as they are positive for safety and racing. Also that it doesn't take away the fun factor. If it becomes couch driving, then it's not good.”
Hamilton heads into the Hungarian Grand Prix seeking a fifth win at the Hungaroring to increase his 17 point lead over Nico Rosberg.