2017 F1

Hamilton wants to end “unfair” data share

Triple-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton would favor team-mates not to share data but instead “find it all themselves”.

Mercedes ace makes the dissimilarity between car technical data provided by engineers, and driver data such as braking points and track positioning, and says he has asked the team not to share driver data with his new 2017 season team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

The champions Silver Arrows signed up the Bottas from Williams in January as a replacement for 2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg, who announced his retirement just after secured his first F1 world crown.

“I go out, do my laps, do all my homework, [and] the other guy can see everything,” Hamilton said at an interview for Mercedes sponsor UBS.

“I have asked my team. I don’t want to see my team mate’s. I don’t feel it’s fair that he brings his A-game and I should be able to study his A-game on a computer.

“For example when we’re driving we’re picking out braking points, bumps, tyre rubber marks on the track, all these different things to help get you through the corner quickest.

“The other driver probably naturally may be able to do more or less than you are. But because of this data they can just copy you. ‘Oh he’s braking five metres later there, I’ll go out and I’ll try braking five metres later’.

“So that’s what I really dislike, because it enables them to get closer.”

The Brit says access to driver data gives new candidates to the grid too much of an advantage.

“He should have to discover that himself. You’ve got to find the limit yourself, that’s the whole challenge of being a racing driver,” Hamilton continued.

“When I get in this new car it’s seeing what the limit of it is. If I can’t do it on my own then I’m not good enough and I don’t deserve to be there. And there are some drivers that don’t.”

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