Next-generation car has right formula for Hamilton
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.