Next-gen­er­a­tion car has right for­mula for Hamil­ton

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Lewis Hamil­ton has said he is ready to ex­tend his ca­reer be­yond 2020 af­ter giv­ing his seal of ap­proval to For­mula One’s nextgen­er­a­tion car.

On the eve of the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, F1 pro­vided a glimpse into the fu­ture af­ter a con­cept of the ma­chin­ery the sport hopes will in­spire a new breed of fans was un­veiled.

Ross Brawn, the English engi­neer­ing mas­ter­mind who over­saw Michael Schu­macher’s record seven cham­pi­onships at Benet­ton and Fer­rari, is at the helm of F1’s tech­ni­cal body, led the pre­sen­ta­tion at the Ma­rina Bay Street Cir­cuit.

The 63-year-old, who re­turned to the sport fol­low­ing Lib­erty Me­dia’s £6.4bil­lion takeover last Jan­uary, has promised to cre­ate beau­ti­ful cars, closer rac­ing and fiercer com­pe­ti­tion.

One key fea­ture of the pro­posed cars will be the in­creased di­am­e­ter of the wheels, from 13 to 18 inches, in a bid to make it eas­ier for drivers to race. The pro­to­type is in its third stage of de­vel­op­ment.

De­spite his re­cent cham­pi­onship tri­umphs Hamil­ton, 30 points clear of Se­bas­tian Vettel, has been dis­ap­pointed with the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion F1 has taken.

But the 33-year-old, us­ing typ­i­cally colour­ful lan­guage on his In­sta­gram ac­count, gave a re­sound­ing thumbs-up to the fu­tur­is­tic de­sign he be­lieves will con­vince him to keep rac­ing be­yond his next deal with Mercedes which ex­pires shortly be­fore his 36th birth­day.

He said to his 7.2 mil­lion fol­low­ers: “I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to be driv­ing if the cars look like this.”

On track, Hamil­ton trailed Kimi Raikko­nen in yes­ter­day’s fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion by just 0.011sec.

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