Lewis Hamilton can handle Formula 1's fuel economy rules - Mercedes
|By Jonathan Noble and Matt Beer||Tuesday, February 18th 2014, 11:57 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton will not be held back by the greater importance of fuel economy during the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, insists Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe.
Hamilton has repeatedly expressed his frustration when required to drive below his car's limit for tactical reasons in recent years, with the need to preserve tyres in 2013 irking him particularly.
The new limit of 100kg of fuel per race is set to make fuel management a decisive element in 2014 grands prix.
But asked how he thought Hamilton would cope with this challenge, Lowe doubted that it would be any harder for the Briton than recent years.
"I think you may be overplaying that aspect," he said.
"Certainly it's a factor in the races but I hope we won't see it as a dominating factor.
"There were occasions where we saw that last year it was stopping a driver, and Lewis would be an example, from pushing to the limit every lap, and that's sometimes very frustrating.
"But actually that's been the case in Formula 1 over most of its many years of existence that managing fuel and tyres has been a factor.
"I hope it won't be so dominating it's putting off the spectacle."
Hamilton will be at the wheel for Mercedes when F1 testing resumes in Bahrain on Wednesday morning, and will then alternate days with team-mate Nico Rosberg.
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