Hamilton: 'F1 auto will be as heavy as a bus next year'

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

"The fact that these days we've got 100 kilograms, the vehicle is going to be a bus next year, it's going to be so heavy it's going to be like a bleeding NASCAR next year, so heavy", Hamilton said.

Racers have been allowed to go through four engines this year without incurring any grid penalties. In F1, the general rule of thumb is that every 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of weight cost you three-tenths of a second per lap.

"This is the first time I've pushed an engine like that", said Hamilton after he was handed a fresh engine for the race having started from the pitlane.

"We should be able to push more, sprinting is what we're missing in F1".

Hamilton argues the changes that will be made will make racing unappealing and make the cars significantly heavier, making them slower and making racing less interesting.

"The fact that these days we've got 100kg, the auto is going to be a bus next year, it's going to be so heavy it's going to be like a bleeding NASCAR next year".

The 32-year-old, who clinched his fourth world title in Mexico at the end of October, offered a glimpse of his personal determination to retain his champion's crown in his dazzling drive from the pit lane to fourth position. "The braking distances get longer, the brakes are always on fire, on the limit", he lamented.

Hamilton finished the race in fourth place and just 5.4 seconds adrift of the victorious Vettel after scything through the field in a repaired auto fitted with a new power unit following his opening lap crash in Q1.

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.

But I guess that's just your fear of pushing it a little bit too much, like the engine blowing up in Malaysia past year, so those kind of things make me look after it even more.

"I know it sounds negative, but just as a racer who wants a fast, nimble auto, that I can attack always, every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".

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

"I'm not sure cutting down engines is helping it in that direction".

So far this season, McLaren-Honda have accumulated almost 400 places in grid penalties this season, with more expected by the time the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix begins next weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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