Lewis Hamilton has urged Formula 1 to change its rules on the number of permitted sets of wet tyres over a race weekend to prevent future washout sessions with limited track running.

After the Japanese Grand Prix FP2 session was run in heavy rain, a number of teams opted not to go out in order to preserve its allocation of wet and intermediate tyres for qualifying and the race in case it was also rain-affected.

Each driver is permitted four sets of intermediate tyres and three sets of wet tyres, as indicated by the sporting regulations, but Hamilton wants the rules changed to give teams more sets of wet tyres in order to increase running after the Suzuka FP2 session was badly effected.

Hamilton completed the joint-most laps with Lance Stroll of any F1 driver in the session but still notched up just four laps in the 90-minute session – which was delayed by 45 minutes to conditions.

The Mercedes driver wants access to more wet tyres in order to encourage teams to run more to keep fans entertained.

“The issue is that it’s a silly rule because there are fans that sit out in the rain all day and because they restrict us with these stupid tyres, we can’t go out,” Hamilton said on Friday at Suzuka. “It’s silly.

“It’s better not to go out because we might need this in the race. But if they just make it a lot more relaxed and free then we can go out and give some entertainment because that’s the most important thing.

“The guys were sitting out for the whole of P2 in the rain and they saw like three cars. I think that’s unfair. Of course the teams don’t want us to go out because it’s risky but if we just had more tyres we could run more. I think that’s my strong feeling about it. It’s a silly, silly rule and I feel like we rob them. They should get their money back.”


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