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Hamilton: "Next year's cars will be like driving a bus"

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017 11:42
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Lewis Hamilton says next year's cars will be like driving "a bus". The quadruple world champion is referring to the rule change from four engines per driver to just three next year, and the mandatory addition of heavy 'Halo' devices.

Already, Hamilton's Mercedes boss Niki Lauda told La Gazzetta dello Sport this week that Halo is akin to "protecting the drivers as though they are babies". And Hamilton said he is ruing the rule change that will require drivers to be even more careful with engine mileage in 2018.

"It will definitely be worse," he is quoted as saying by Tuttosport. "We will be forced to drive like endurance drivers. Already we have all of this fuel, then with the arrival of Halo it will be like driving a bus. The cars will be as heavy as a Nascar, the braking distances will be longer, it's certainly not what we want as drivers. That's not how to make the most of our potential," Hamilton added. (GMM)

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  • Well said Lewis!

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    • Nov 15 2017 - 15:23
  • RogerF1

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    For once (for me), spot on Lewis. Bad move. 2018 has every likelihood of being decided by the least grid penalties. I cannot think of another motorsport series with such a stupid rule to limit engines, etc. Think of the list: PU, transmission, Fuel, MGH & K, Tyres. What next, why not brake linings so drivers have to slow down with the gears and go soft pedal. There isn't much else. Oh I forgot, why not limit the amount of air they can suck up as well!

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    • Nov 16 2017 - 19:35

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