Hamilton welcomes traction control ban

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to racing without traction control when it's banned in F1 from the start of next season

Hamilton welcomes traction control ban

"I think it will be cool. I'm looking forward to trying it out," Hamilton told autosport.com. "I've not been in the car with traction control off, apart from the warm-up laps before the race. I think it will be interesting.

"It's a good challenge, and I love challenges. I enjoyed driving the GP2 car without TC, and the F3 car. It's a new technique, it's a different technique, to drive without it, so it will be interesting."

Traction control has been allowed in Formula One since 2001, after years of suspicion that some teams were running engine management systems to get around its ban.

The FIA, however, has banned it again from 2008.

Hamilton admits the ban will make life more difficult for drivers, but he is not sure yet if it will also mean better racing.

"I honestly have no clue. I've only driven one season of F1. I've not driven the car without TC, I don't know if it's going to make it more exciting, if it's going to make it harder for us, easier, whether it will be harder on the tyres.

"I can only assume it's going to be tougher for all of us. Perhaps more mistakes, but only little mistakes, like going wide. We are the best drivers in the world so we should be able to deal with it."

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