Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he would like to see the F1 field close up under the new regulations to be introduced in 2017.
While rivals have generally suggested the same thing, the words seem to carry a little more weight coming from a driver on his way to a third world title in a car that is frequently a cut above the rest of the pack, but Hamilton was adamant that things needed to change.
“I've not really looked at the changes in the proposal to be honest but, whatever changes they make, I want to see closer racing,” the Mercedes driver, who can clinch the 2015 crown in Austin this weekend, insisted, “It needs to be like go-karting was, wheel-to-wheel, guys following in a train and overtaking – we need to make F1 more like that somehow. I don't know how we're going to do that, but it needs to be a lot different to what it's been for the last 20 years.”
Hamilton, who is clearly not a fan of driver aids having said that the current DRS overtaking assistance does not feel 'organic', also dismissed suggestions that playing with the aero configuration of the cars was a viable alternative to tweaking the power units in a bid to make the sport more exciting.
“It does seem ideal, but I don't think it's possible,” he noted, “You get turbulence behind a 'plane and it's the same thing here, you get turbulence behind a car… With all these vortices bouncing off the car, it doesn't matter which rule they change to keep downforce, it's always going to be like that. The cars always have to have the same amount of downforce, no matter how close you get, so I don't know how you're going to achieve that although it would be kinda neat.”