Lewis Hamilton hopes he is wrong about F1 2017 rules

Lewis Hamilton does not think the changes to the 2017 regulations will be good for Formula 1 but hopes he is proved wrong

Lewis Hamilton hopes he is wrong about F1 2017 rules

The rules for 2017, featuring cars sporting different aero packages and with wider front and rear tyres, were signed off last month.

Hamilton is concerned that this change could be as unfortunate as the tweak to the qualifying format that lasted just two races earlier this year before F1 bosses reverted to the old system.

When asked for his thoughts on the rules, Hamilton said: "I want to be careful with what I say but it's not great.

"We'll do the best we can and I know my guys will do an exceptional job.

"When you change something and you know it's not going to make a difference...

"I hope I'm wrong and this isn't another case of a bad change, like the qualifying rules.

"I want to be proven wrong because if we aren't, then we're stuck for three years and it won't get better for us or the fans."

Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg said last month the new rules will not produce good battles between drivers on track.

The German believes the push for faster cars with more downforce will make overtaking tougher and is therefore sending F1 in the wrong direction.

Their team boss Toto Wolff is in agreement and previously questioned the wisdom of changing the regulations when he feels the racing is improving.

The new rules for 2017 were formally ratified by the World Motor Sport Council last month, with the regulations adjusted accordingly.

shares
comments
The pain and glory of running McLaren
Previous article

The pain and glory of running McLaren

Next article

Silverstone expands British GP crowd capacity, aims for 150,000

Silverstone expands British GP crowd capacity, aims for 150,000
Load comments
The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move Plus

The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move

OPINION: Uncertainty over Lewis Hamilton's future has persisted since the race direction call that denied him an eighth world title in Abu Dhabi last month. But while walking away would be understandable, Hamilton has time and again responded well in the face of adversity and possesses all the tools needed to bounce back stronger than ever

What the FIA must do to restore F1’s credibility Plus

What the FIA must do to restore F1’s credibility

OPINION: The first stage of the 2022 Formula 1 pre-season is just over a month away, but the championship is still reeling from the controversial results of last year’s finale. The FIA acknowledges F1 has had its reputation dented as a result, so here’s how it could go about putting things right

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2022
The six F1 subplots to watch in 2022 as a new era begins Plus

The six F1 subplots to watch in 2022 as a new era begins

As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, Autosport picks out six other key elements to follow this season

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2022
Why newly-retired Raikkonen won't miss F1 Plus

Why newly-retired Raikkonen won't miss F1

After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Autosport on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2022
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022