'It sucks': Lewis Hamilton unhappy about three-engine rule in Formula 1

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

Newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton has bemoaned the decision to cut the number of engines drivers are allowed to three, saying it "sucks".

Drivers who use more than the allotted number of engines face grid penalties, such as those imposed on Daniel Ricciardo in Brazil, which has resulted in drivers taking a conservative approach.

Hamilton said reducing the number of engines would mean drivers were able to push hard in races less often.

"We should be able to push more, sprinting is what we're missing in F1", he added.

From next season cars will be heavier because of the introduction of the "halo" driver cockpit head protection system.

Hamilton argues the changes that will be made will make racing unappealing and make the cars significantly heavier, making them slower and making racing less interesting.

"The vehicle is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a Nascar (stock car)", Hamilton added.

"The braking distances get longer, the brakes are always on fire, on the limit".

"I know it sounds negative, but just as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle, that I can attack always, every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".

"Unfortunately that is not what we generally have".

Hamilton came from the back of the field in the recent Brazilian Grand Prix to finish fourth, but said performances like that won't be possible if drivers are more anxious about conserving engines. "But if you look at the front guys they were managing and that is generally what we are doing at the front, so I don't think that's too exciting for people to watch".

"I don't think Sebastian Vettel will have a better chance next year", said Rosberg after watching the four-time champion make the most of Hamilton's rare blunder in Saturday's qualifying to claim his fifth win of the season ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes. "I'm not sure cutting down the engines is helping it in that direction".

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