Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 is ‘broken’ and lacks direction

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Lewis Hamilton has become the latest driver to speak out and criticize the current state of Formula 1, agreeing with the assertion that the series is “broken” and lacks direction.

Thanks to an ongoing saga surrounding a proposed new qualifying format for 2016, many within the paddock have spoken about the current lack of direction and ability to fix issues F1 is currently facing.

The F1 Commission agreed last week to change qualifying – something few thought needed an overhaul – but failed to agree on changes to the technical regulations for 2017.

Fernando Alonso said earlier this week that he was saddened by the current complexity of F1, and Hamilton echoed his former teammate’s sentiments on Thursday.

When asked in a media session if he would describe F1 as being “broken, lacking direction, or in rude health”, Hamilton said: “I would probably say the first two you suggested.”

The three-time world champion did not wish to elaborate, but said that he would like to try out a classic F1 car and get a taste of the machinery his predecessors used.

“I don’t really want to say too much about it but I do agree with those first two things,” Hamilton said.

“I do have desire, I’m dying to be able to drive one of those older cars. Maybe I’ll do some historic racing at some point.”

Hamilton also expressed an interest in trying out a MotoGP bike at one point, and said that he felt the series was more exciting to watch than F1.

“MotoGP is just so cool, much more exciting to watch, I would say, just because it’s closer racing,” Hamilton said.

“I really need to try a MotoGP bike. I’m dying to at least get on the back of one. That would be so cool. I just won’t tell my team that I’m doing it!

“I definitely want to make it to more races this year. I’ve only been to one in a season, and I want to get to some more.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.