Hamilton doubts proposed F1 car changes will improve racing

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Lewis Hamilton doubts that the proposed technical changes in Formula 1 for 2017 to make cars five seconds per lap quicker will do much to improve the quality of racing.

Plans to radically overhaul the current cars by adding extra downforce and more durable tires will be decided on by the end of April for implementation in 2017.

In recent weeks, many of the F1 drivers have spoken out about the lack of influence they have when it comes to deciding the future of the sport, with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association issuing a statement calling for change earlier this month.

Ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton criticized the proposed changes, saying that F1 cars needed more mechanical grip to improve the on-track racing.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the rules and whether the drivers should be more involved in decision making. It’s not our job to come up with ideas and we all have different opinions anyway,” Hamilton said.

“But personally, I think we need more mechanical grip and less aero wake coming off the back of the cars so we can get close and overtake.

“Give us five seconds’ worth of lap time from aero and nothing will change – we’ll just be driving faster.

“I speak as somebody who loves this sport and loves racing. I don’t have all the answers – but I know that the changes we’re making won’t deliver better racing.”

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