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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.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.