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Hamilton welcomes new plans for F1 race starts

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Hamilton welcomes new plans for F1 race starts
The governing body FIA has informed the F1 teams of its new procedures with regard to starts from the Belgian GP onwards – as permitted by the latest Strategy Group meeting.

Following last week’s Strategy Group meeting at Biggin Hill, FIA has says it wants to ensure that Article 20.1 of the F1 Sporting Regulations, which says that “the driver must drive the car alone and unaided,” is respected. That rule will enforced more rigorously with “the aim of ensuring that drivers will be solely responsible for preparing for race starts.”

The FIA’s new technical directive TD/017-15, titled “Start Practice and Start Procedures,” reveals that the FIA will address the matter of the adjustment of bite points from both a technical perspective, and via the expected clampdown on radio traffic.

Recently, defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton has supports policy to cut the amount of help drivers get ahead of the start of a grand prix.

“I guess it depends how they go about doing it,” said Hamilton at Silverstone.

“I’m happy – the more control we get the better.

“At the moment we release the clutch but the performance is dictated from the team.

“They will tell you whether to go up or down on torque modes or all those sorts of things.
“Sometimes they calculate it right and sometimes they don’t.”

“For me the best starts were when I was in Formula 3 and you had a normal clutch,” he said.

“They were more fun because I had the control, so if they do it right [in F1] it could be good.”

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