SLAMS NEW 2017 TECH REG­U­LA­TIONS THE VOICE OF NA­TIONAL RAC­ING “Fac­tions will pull in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions”

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Lewis Hamil­ton has slammed For­mula 1’s rule­mak­ers for mak­ing the wrong de­ci­sions af­ter the lat­est tech­ni­cal regulation changes were un­veiled.

Teams agreed new rules will be in­tro­duced for 2017 re­sult­ing in cars be­ing three sec­onds per lap faster, af­ter a meet­ing of the F1 Com­mis­sion last week.

Red Bull had sug­gested mak­ing cars five to six sec­onds a lap quicker but in the end a com­pro­mise was reached.

But three-time cham­pion Hamil­ton has said the wrong de­ci­sions have been made for a num­ber of years.

“I don’t agree with the changes that are made, and have been made for many, many years,” he said. “We just live with it.

“I think the driv­ers should be con­sulted, and I’m sure they’ve been in­volved more in re­cent de­ci­sions – not the ones that have just been made.

“But we do have a feel­ing in the car, some ideas of what could be bet­ter. We do know what is not good.

“For those who have been driv­ing 10 to 15 years and have been through all the dif­fer­ent rule changes, they know which ones worked and which ones didn’t.”

Af­ter months of dis­cus­sions, draft reg­u­la­tions have been pro­duced for next sea­son, with cars be­ing made wider gen­er­ally to de­liver a re­duc­tion in lap times.

Front wings and the floor be­tween the front and rear tyres will both be­come 200mm wider, while the rear wing will be 150mm wider. The rear wing will also be low­ered, re­sult­ing in reg­u­la­tions that are very sim­i­lar to those used in F1 be­fore 2009.

Barge­boards will also in­crease in size, while the dif­fuser and tyres will be­come wider. Front tyres will be 60mm wider than the cur­rent size, while the in­crease will be 80mm at the rear.

All of the ex­act de­tails will be fi­nalised by April 30 but the lengthy de­bate over the new rules will leave teams with only nine months to pre­pare new de­signs.

“I think it’s re­ally, re­ally dif­fi­cult bear­ing in mind there have al­ready been a few fun­da­men­tal changes since early De­cem­ber,” said Wil­liams’s tech­ni­cal chief Pat Sy­monds.

“In two-and-a-half months, we’ve seen three quite dis­tinct sets of reg­u­la­tions.

“We think we know where we are now, but if we don’t know where we are un­til May, that’s tough for the smaller teams.

“It [the de­lay] has a much big­ger im­pact on smaller and less well-fi­nanced teams. If you have a big team with a lot of peo­ple and good man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties, you can re­act to late changes quicker.

“It’s much more dif­fi­cult for Wil­liams than it is for Fer­rari and Mercedes.”

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