F1 happy to meet Lewis Hamilton in light of recent criticism

Ruben Hill
June 28, 2019

"I had a pretty lonely race, apart from a bit of confusion at the start, given that the timing of the lights going out caught us a bit by surprise", Vettel said.

He was also critical of the current decision-making process. "So, if that can be decisive and help the fans to get better racing, then I would be proud". "I think what they did is wrong, because I stuck to the rules".

"Particularly as I felt I really struggled in the first few races trying to get on top of the auto. But for many, many years, they make the wrong decisions!"

"It's the same in football; If all the football teams sat in a room and said the sport should be like this, they would push and pull for their own benefit", he said. But if you get central group of people telling us, like the FIA for example, that their sole job is to make the sport great again, hiring individuals or whatever, they should have the power.

Hamilton said those running the sport should come from outside because of the risk of bias.

"You've got [FIA boss] Jean Todt, I know Jean's level, but the fact is he's been with the red team [Ferrari] for so long, surely when he wakes up, if there's a red T-shirt and a silver T-shirt, surely he goes for the red one".

Still, he would not be drawn to say he had confidence that the initiative would result in the necessary dramatic changes to transform the racing and eliminate tiresome processions.

A glimmer of hope for a more exciting race the new rules are effective from 2021.

All of the key stakeholders - ourselves, the FIA and the teams - agree on the objectives and there is broad agreement on the major principles, such as the introduction of the budget cap and a fairer distribution of the revenue.

That victory has given him a commanding 36-point championship lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas before the half-way point in the season.

He has repeatedly stated that F1 wants to create more variety at the front of the grid because it is unhappy at the lack of podium finishes outside the big three teams. Hamilton felt he had been listened to at the meeting and described it as "really constructive".

"We still need to understand why Friday was so complicated with some of the parts we brought here not working as we had hoped".

As a keen follower of other racing series, including IndyCar in the United States, Hamilton has often said Formula One needs to change its technical rulebook to encourage much closer racing.

"I'd love to be able to look back and say I was a part of helping that positive change for the fans that are watching Formula One. not just a driver and the titles, but someone who actually cared about the sport".

Hamilton says the best driver in the best auto, however: "I went to Paris to get involved".

'It'll be great to have an input directly from the drivers.

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