Hamil­ton crit­i­cises For­mula 1’s three-en­gine limit

‘As a racer we want fast, nim­ble cars where we can at­tack al­ways ev­ery sin­gle lap’

Business Daily (Kenya) - - SPORTS -

World cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton says the move to limit driv­ers to just three en­gines next sea­son “sucks”. Driv­ers are lim­ited to four en­gines this sea­son be­fore in­cur­ring grid penalties, and the rules are cut­ting that back in 2018 to re­duce costs.

Hamil­ton said re­duc­ing the num­ber of en­gines would mean driv­ers were able to push hard in races less of­ten. “I don’t like the idea of go­ing to three. That sucks. Sprint­ing is what we are miss­ing in F1,” Hamil­ton said. He said in­creas­ing the need to man­age en­gines in races to ex­tend their life com­bined with the weight of the cars - which is go­ing up next year be­cause of the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘halo’ driver cock­pit head pro­tec­tion sys­tem - made racing more un­ap­peal­ing.

“The car is go­ing to be a bus next year, it is go­ing to be so heavy, like a Nascar (stock car),” Hamil­ton said af­ter the Brazil­ian Grand Prix, in which he was able to push his en­gine hard be­cause a new one was fit­ted to aid his fight back from a pit-lane start.

“The brak­ing dis­tances get longer, the brakes are al­ways on fire, on the limit. “I know it sounds neg­a­tive but as a racer we want fast, nim­ble cars where we can at­tack al­ways ev­ery sin­gle lap.

“Un­for­tu­nately that is not what we gen­er­ally have. I had that to­day but I was com­ing from a dif­fer­ent place.

“If you look at the front guys, they were man­ag­ing and that is what we are nor­mally do­ing. “I don’t think that is too ex­cit­ing for peo­ple to watch. If you look at the most ex­cit­ing races - par­tic­u­larly when it rains - we don’t have those lim­i­ta­tions.

“I’m not sure cut­ting down en­gines is help­ing it in that di­rec­tion.”

DRIVER World cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton . AFP

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