Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016

F1 cars are too heavy already, says Hamilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton has criticised planned rules changes for 2017 which will see F1 car weights rise from 702 kilogrames to 722kg.

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Does F1 really need to change the rules to make cars faster?

I don’t understand the obsession with shaving a few seconds off of the lap times. It will hardly be noticeable to anyone watching the race. Look at Moto GP, which often has more thrilling overtaking and on track battles every two or three races than F1 has in a season: no one there is screaming for an extra few seconds a lap.

What F1 needs is more power than grip (i.e more mechanical grip and less aero/downforce grip. That’s what made the older 1000+ hp cars so much of a challenge for the drivers and more fun for the fans.
Kenny Schachat

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