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F1 Bahrain GP: Going faster won’t deliver better racing - Hamilton

World champion Lewis Hamilton says plans to simply make F1 cars lap five seconds faster in 2017 won't improve the racing.
Lewis Hamilton has urged F1 not to pursue plans to simply make Formula 1 faster with its revised 2017 regulations, saying lapping quicker 'won't deliver better racing'.

The three-time F1 world champion has often spoken of his desire to make the cars harder to drive and less reliant of aero, and has expressed his concern that the plans for the revised 2017 regulations could move further from this objective.

As it stands, the regulations – which are still in discussion – have been drafted with the intention of making the cars more aggressive and up to five seconds a lap faster with tweaks to the aero package and tyre construction, though Pirelli has expressed concerns this will be difficult to attain.

Coming in the wake of the GPDA statement bemoaning the way F1 is currently managed, Hamilton – whilst admitting it isn't up to the drivers to come up with ideas – is concerned by the sport's potential direction saying the current draft will just see drivers lapping faster and won't improve the spectacle.

“There's been a lot of talk about the rules and whether the drivers should be more involved in decision making," the Mercedes driver said.

"It's not our job to come up with ideas and we all have different opinions anyway. But personally, I think we need more mechanical grip and less aero wake coming off the back of the cars so we can get close and overtake.

“Give us five seconds' worth of lap time from aero and nothing will change - we'll just be driving faster. I speak as somebody who loves this sport and loves racing. I don't have all the answers - but I know that the changes we're making won't deliver better racing.”

Hamilton has been increasingly critical about F1's future direction, claiming he won't race with the halo cockpit protection device that could make its competitive debut as early as 2017.

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March 29, 2016 12:33 PM

I totally agree with Lewis that faster lap times are not the answer to closer racing. You do not need to be a genius to understand that speed is not communicated on television. What makes exciting racing is watching the drivers make the cars work to make best of the track. Now days we don't see the drivers at work or the cars working. What we want to see is some elbows at the wheel and some opposite lock and a bit of smoke and slide from the wheels. Less aero, more nuts.


March 29, 2016 1:58 PM

richard: what is f1 for? is it for the people who watch it on tv or is it for the drivers to try and prove that they are the best? in my opinion, as a driver, i would prefer the personal callenge of controlling a car at a higher speed where more skill is required, rather tha a slowed down car where you dont have to really try. it is not so long ago, many on here were moaning about the cars being slower and now you are agreeing with lulu that the cars dont need to be faster??? then why are you shouting for 1000+ bhp etc.?
I thought F1 was about racing. A procession is not a race. A high speed procession is pretty much the same, just faster.

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