“Should Be a Sport for Real Men”: Lewis Hamilton Bashes Directions Taken by F1

Published 06/12/2021, 9:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


With F1 switching to an all-new car concept from next year, the 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton is not a huge fan of driving heavier and wider cars in 2022.

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The Briton points out that the cars these days are far too heavy, and it doesn’t get any better as it is neither sustainable nor spectacular.

The new F1 car regulations will see a minimum weight increased to 790 kg which will be almost 100 kg heavier than at the start of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014.

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Lewis Hamilton prefers to drive a light-weighted car as he used to drive when he made his debut back in 2007 during the refueling era when the cars weigh around a third less.

Meanwhile, after the Azerbaijan GP, the reigning champion believes having wider, heavier cars from 2022 is not a good idea for F1.

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What did Hamilton say?

The 7-time world champion claims that as F1 enters the new generation, the cars should be lighters and smaller, thus decreasing the intake of power and promote sustainability.

“I just don’t get it. Why will our cars become so significantly heavier when we move on to the new generation of racing cars in 2022? It’s neither sustainable nor spectacular,” said Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“The heavier the cars, the more energy they need – brakes, fuel. For me, that is not in line with the idea of ​​sustainability. The cars used to be much faster and smaller, maneuvering those racers was easier. (Quotes translated from German via Google translate)

Lewis Hamilton proposes his idea for next year’s F1 car

Lewis Hamilton about his ideals in Formula One, “If it were up to me, we would have V12 naturally aspirated engines, manual transmissions, and no more power steering.

“I want racing cars that I get out of completely exhausted after a race, as if I had completed a marathon. Formula 1 should be a sport for real men.”

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Mercedes driver on rookies finding it easy to adjust at an elite level: “Today these young guys are coming and they find it easy to find the limit.

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“It shouldn’t be like that. Rather, it should be insanely difficult, so difficult that only the best can do it. And that also means significantly lighter cars. That would be my Formula 1. “

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