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

14:56  14 november  2017
14:56  14 november  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Formula 1 will cut the maximum engines per driver from four to three from next season in a bid to reduce costs.

Recently-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton believes the move to restrict drivers to just three engines for 2018 " sucks ", adding Formula One should be centred on flat-out racing.

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Lewis Hamilton has hit out at plans to limit drivers to just three engines over the course of a season from next year.

Drivers are currently allowed four engines per year before incurring grid penalties, but the number will be cut down to three in 2018, as part of Formula 1's cost saving efforts.

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However, the Briton, who last month claimed his fourth world title, was distinctly unhappy about the move, claiming that it would force drivers to adopt a more conservative style of driving.

Hamilton open to helping Bottas in final races

  Hamilton open to helping Bottas in final races Having already sealed the 2017 Formula 1 world championship, Lewis Hamilton has suggested that he is open to supporting team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final two rounds of the season. Bottas, who currently sits third in the standings, has an opportunity to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to second place in the championship. Bottas currently trails Vettel by 15 points. If Vettel finished the season second, it would mark the first time in the hybrid era that Mercedes’ drivers have not placed first and second in the final standings. Hamilton, who clinched his fourth world championship title at the last race in Mexico, suggested that he would be willing to help his team-mate if requested. “If the team asks me, then for sure,” he said. “But I don’t think they are going to ask. Valtteri wants to get it on merit. He has been working hard throughout the year and is focused more than ever, so I know he wants to do it on his own. “My mentality for the last two races is to win – and I have not been told otherwise.” Leading up to the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mercedes has hinted that they will experiment with concepts looking ahead to next season. The team has pledged to “become a little bolder” with both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles confirmed. “To be honest I have not spoken with the team about that so far,” Hamilton admitted. “But I doubt that there is going to be much new on the car. “During the year you put new things on the car permanently, so I guess it will not be significantly more in the last two races. “If it’s good for next year, why shouldn’t it be good for now? Whatever makes the car faster is appreciated.

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"I don't like the idea of going to three," Hamilton said.

"That sucks. Sprinting is what we are missing in F1."

From next season cars will be heavier because of the introduction of the 'halo' driver cockpit head protection system. Coupled with the need to manage engines more carefully, heavier cars could make the sport unappealing, according to Hamilton.

"The car is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a Nascar [US stock car]," he said.

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

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has previously voiced doubts over the new engine regulations, suggesting five engines per driver would be the ideal number to have available throughout the season.

Hamilton open to helping Bottas in final races

  Hamilton open to helping Bottas in final races Having already sealed the 2017 Formula 1 world championship, Lewis Hamilton has suggested that he is open to supporting team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final two rounds of the season. Bottas, who currently sits third in the standings, has an opportunity to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to second place in the championship. Bottas currently trails Vettel by 15 points. If Vettel finished the season second, it would mark the first time in the hybrid era that Mercedes’ drivers have not placed first and second in the final standings. Hamilton, who clinched his fourth world championship title at the last race in Mexico, suggested that he would be willing to help his team-mate if requested. “If the team asks me, then for sure,” he said. “But I don’t think they are going to ask. Valtteri wants to get it on merit. He has been working hard throughout the year and is focused more than ever, so I know he wants to do it on his own. “My mentality for the last two races is to win – and I have not been told otherwise.” Leading up to the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mercedes has hinted that they will experiment with concepts looking ahead to next season. The team has pledged to “become a little bolder” with both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles confirmed. “To be honest I have not spoken with the team about that so far,” Hamilton admitted. “But I doubt that there is going to be much new on the car. “During the year you put new things on the car permanently, so I guess it will not be significantly more in the last two races. “If it’s good for next year, why shouldn’t it be good for now? Whatever makes the car faster is appreciated.

Oops Lewis Hamilton 's radio chat and his derating engine .

Formula 1 switching to three engines per season in 2018 " sucks ", says world champion Lewis Hamilton . Hamilton said he has spent much of 2017 protecting his engine and fears the rule change will force an even more conservative style.

Despite starting from the pit lane after crashing in qualifying, Hamilton battled to a fourth place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday (12 November) and insisted his was the kind of performance that might soon be a thing of the past given the emphasis on preserving engines.

"As a racer we want fast, nimble cars where we can attack always every single lap," he explained.

"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."

Meanwhile, Formula 1 teams have also expressed concerns at the number of grid penalties handed out when a team uses more than the permitted number of engine parts. Fernando Alonso and his McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandorne have been hit with a combined 355 penalty grid places so far this season, while Renault-powered cars have racked up 330 penalty grid places.

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