The Mercedes driver Hamilton has been concerns of the weight that will be added to the 2018 F1 cars through the mandatory HALO safety cockpit device — an addition which he has earlier labelled as “the worst looking mod in F1 history.”
“The fact that these days we’ve got 100 kilograms, the car is going to be a bus next year, it’s going to be so heavy it’s going to be like a bleeding NASCAR next year, so heavy,” Hamilton said.
“The braking distances get longer and it sounds negative, but as a racer who wants a fast, nimble car that I can attack every single lap, unfortunately that’s not what we generally have.”
The Four-time world champion also believes the alteration to restrict drivers to just three engines for 2018 season “sucks”, adding F1 should be centered on flat-out racing.
“Next year we’re going to have three engines but I don’t like the idea of going to three. That sucks,” Hamilton said.
“Sprinting is what we are missing in F1. We should be able to push more. This is the first time I’ve pushed an engine like that. It was nice, normally you’re managing it.
“I always look after it more than I need to. I often turn the engine down and they keep telling me to turn it up and I’m like ‘No, no, I prefer it down and I’ll figure out a way to catch up in another way’. But I guess that’s just your fear of pushing it a little bit too much, like the engine blowing up in Malaysia last year, so those kind of things make me look after it even more.
“I just have to implement the same thing I have done this year. I should generally be able to make those three engines last. I think the team has done great, and to be able to push the engine like it was today, it makes me think I don’t like the idea of going to three engines.”
McLaren-Honda F1 team receiving 400 positional penalties for 2017 the season. Drivers are currently allowed to use four power units before acquiring penalties, but that number is set to be reduced to three next season in a bid to lower costs, many already believe that four units per driver is too low.
“It was fun because I had that but I was coming from a different place,” the Brit added.
“But if you look at the front guys they were managing and that is generally what we are doing at the front, so I don’t think that’s too exciting for people to watch. That’s why people look at the most exciting races, particularly when it rains because you don’t have those limitations.
“Races where Max [Verstappen] has been coming through from the back of some sort — or a driver has been — those have been the most exciting ones. So how do we provide that for the future? I’m not sure cutting down the engines is helping it in that direction.”
The FIA and Liberty Media have already denied one attempt to reverse the decision. Many suggest that five units would be a realistic number to last the season as fans grow ever tired with the large number of engine penalties being dished out on a weekly basis.