The 2019 French Grand Prix was quite honestly, a dull race, save for the start and the closing laps. However, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes that drivers are blameless for the “boring” F1 races. The five-time Formula One champion warned that “serious changes” will be necessary in order to overhaul its rules in 2021.
The British driver had spoken after Mercedes’ winning streak continued unabated in a processional French Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton urged the media to not pin the blame on the drivers because “we don’t write the rules.”
He said, “We have nothing to do with the money and all that kind of stuff. You should put the pressure on the people at the head who should be doing their job. I think they are trying to but for many, many years they have made bad decisions.”
Both Lewis Hamilton and Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg were in attendance at a meeting between the Formula One Management, the FIA and the teams last week. The agenda was the plans to overhaul the 2021 rules and introduce new cars.
Lewis Hamilton continued, “I had nothing to gain by being there but if there’s anything I can help… They’ve been making all these decisions and never once had a driver’s input in that room. So if that can be the decisive point that can help the fans to get better racing then I would be proud to be a part of that.
“Do I have confidence that it’s going to shift massively?” he added. “I have faith that it’s going to get better. I really hope so.”
The world champion also applauded the the move to involve drivers into the decision-making process. However, he still believes that the Formula 1 plans for 2021 needs a drastic rethink.
He concluded, “It was encouraging that they allow us to be there, and they’re really welcoming. I hope they will continue to have us there, a couple of us drivers each time.
“I think they’ve extended their decision on making the rules. I think they need to because they are nowhere near where it should be, in my opinion. They’ve got to make some serious changes to the decision they have already made of how 2021 should be.
“What I’m encouraged by is that Ross [Brawn, Formula 1 sporting director] and his team are working on for the first time a real aero package that hopefully will have an impact on following [other cars], for example.”