Hamilton: F1 makes people fall asleep

Saturday, 13 october 2018, 08:07 , by Martin Macdonald

Lewis Hamilton reckons that the current state of Formula 1 races will likely make viewers go to sleep between the excitement of the opening lap and the final laps to see who wins, and thinks the sport organisers should try some radical changes to improve the action mid-race.

Although F1 bosses are keen to make some alterations to the sport in the coming years, they have been focusing their attention on qualifying rather than the Grand Prix.

Hamilton laments the fact that every GP weekend is the same, and has proposed a "super weekend" event to shake things up, saying the current product will make fans doze off.

"I think one of the biggest changes that needs to be made is that at the moment it is the same four days, every weekend, for 21 weekends every single year pretty much," the Brit said.

"I think it needs to be dynamic. It needs to be different for certain circuits so you have a 'super weekend'. There are some tracks where the race is so boring.

"I remember growing up watching [F1] and falling asleep after the start. I am sure there are people who fall asleep after the start and wake up when they set their alarms for the end.

"I used to do it when I was younger, and there were some tracks that kept you on the edge of your seat, like I imagine Baku this year."

Hamilton wants to target the races which have been deemed to be dull in the past, as the current cars on the grid are the best ever and should be providing excitement.

"I think it is more exciting this year, being in these cars is the best it has ever been," the 2018 championship leader continued.

"But I am sure there are still dull races.

"So picking those ones out and saying, how can we make it different for that race? Whether it is reverse grid or whatever we end up doing, they should look into doing that."

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Comments (47)

  • Max LeMaire
    Lewis Hamilton makes me fall asleep. F1 does need to change a few things. - No more team orders. - Bring back the V8’s - Take a look what NASCAR did a few yrs ago to change up things and bring back viewership. The racing has been the best it’s been. Competition it closer than it ever has been. No more clinching the championship 3-4 races before the last race. You won’t know until the last lap of the last race. Makes people want to stay and watch every lap. Cause you never know what will happen.
  • Vinnie Waszkiewicz
    Give a Friday practice to young and 3rd drivers. Maybe something like a " party mode" race on sat. best lap time over 30 laps on sat give you qualification on to sun race.More tyres company's need to get in f1 again.3 cars per team will just kill constructors championship and give even more dominance to best team.
  • Eric Wookie
    every time a team/driver become super dominant 'the sport then becomes super boring it's like having the ferrari/schumacher syndrome all over again... so to prevent us all from 'falling asleep' ... why does'nt he do us all a favour & f**k off!
  • Christopher Curtis
    Give them all the same engine. Build there car around that and bring different brands of tyre and fuel back into the mix. But saying that even if they all had the same performance and cars I still think Lewis will win championship after championship
  • Floryn Diaconu
    He's kinda right.I'm not one of his fans but he's part of this boring mid race monotony. If he starts first, most likely he will end first, and if not daddy will make sure he does, using orthodox and unorthodox methods!
  • Rick Wilson
    No shit! When a car can have a shunt and for from the front to the back and then back up to 3rd or 4th, but cannot catch the leader.... then something is wrong. VERY wrong. The thrill is gone
  • Axel Beltran
    I agree, they need to do something but without losing the classy elegance and dont look like nascar, i like nascar its very fun but looks like jungle animals compared to f1
  • Pepe Cuervo
    Maybe the key to make F1 better is make all teams build their car around the exact same engine. That way it will lower the costs and more teams would be able to be competent
  • Chris Sage
    Must admit I've been recording the races and watching them later on and I have nodded off a few times.ferrari have just give up the fight making it easy 4 Lewis...a one horse race
  • Steven Miller
    Does more than any other driver to recommend improvements to the sport, Liberty have even implemented a few of his peripheral suggestions already.
  • Paul McLauchlin
    What, does he have the attention span of a two year old? The field needs to be much closer with many teams able to win races. No gimmicks please.
  • Rab Ferrier
    Then all drivers need to agree and make it like f2 with the same engine in every car, that way the drivers prove who's the best not the car
  • Henk Poolen
    If you always win and your teammate isnt even competing than its 4 him also fuckt up at least with Rosberg Lewis had to fight 4 a win
  • Eduardo Aparicio
    He is right, no fun watching the same driver winning every race. And we need more competent teams
  • Hank Siarczynski
    Like team orders where other drivers are prevented from challenging the leader of a race by a wingman?
  • Arpanzo Banny
    Says a guy whose team orders his teammate to step aside to let Your Royal Highness pass. Ironic!
  • Clive Easton
    Joker races that are full reverse grids. That's only announced after qualy
  • Greg Reading
    Senna. F1 needs a Senna personality urgently. Nigel Mansel also did an entertaining job.
  • Edwin Gill
    It's because you keep winning and your team chose against Bottas to win
  • ????? ??????
    The PR version of Hamilton wants changes... It's true though, I feel sleepy during GP.

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