FIA Needs to Do a Better Job of Controlling Red Bull from Bending F1 Rules: Lewis Hamilton

Published 05/19/2021, 3:12 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen FIA/Handout via REUTERS


For a very long time, a number of drivers have complained about inconsistencies in the regulations. Reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton is the latest driver to speak up on this matter. Hamilton brought up an issue surrounding the tyre blankets, where everyone had to keep their blankets on.

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The British driver observed that the Red Bull team had taken off their blankets and gotten away with it. He said, “I think we need to continue to apply pressure to the FIA. Just do a better job at controlling things, got to make sure that it is consistent for everyone.”

What else did Lewis Hamilton say?

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The 7-time World Champion also brought up the Red Bull team’s controversial ‘Flexi-wing’. Apparently, the Austrian team will have to undergo various strict tests in France.

However, they do have some amount of leeway until the race in Azerbaijan. Hamilton acknowledged that the rear wing could make a difference of at least six-tenths.

According to the Briton, the Mercedes team are not exactly the favorites at Monaco. With the amount of downforce needed at the street circuit, the track should ideally suit the Red Bulls.

However, Lewis Hamilton insisted that he will not give up the ghost but he will try his utmost to fight for a win. Hamilton knows that he needs to get a good qualifying position to stand a chance of winning.

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As long as he is in the front row, at worst in the second row, there should be no problems for him. On the other end of the scale, title rival Max Verstappen will be eager to pull one back on the British driver.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme next to Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Verstappen lost out to Hamilton in the last two races, and revenge will clearly be on his mind. The Dutchman has yet to win at Monaco and will be hunting for his first win at the Principality.

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