2018 F1 season shaping up like NASCAR - Hamilton

Monday, 13 november 2017, 08:26 , by Matthew Scott

World champion Lewis Hamilton has issued his concern at the new regulations coming in ahead of the 2018 F1 season, stressing that the sport could end up 'like NASCAR'.

As part of a number of budget measures, the number of engines at a team's disposal across a campaign will drop from four to three, while the introduction of the Halo device has divided fans and pundits alike.

Hamilton feels that the new rules are in danger of adding additional weight to the car as well as reducing the ability to regularly reach high speeds.

He told the BBC: "I don't like the idea of going to three, that sucks. Sprinting is what we are missing in F1.

"The car is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a NASCAR."

He continued: "The braking distances get longer, the brakes are always on fire, on the limit. I know it sounds negative but as a racer we want fast, nimble cars where we can attack every single lap. Unfortunately that is not what we generally have. I had that today but I was coming from a different place. If you look at the front guys, they were managing and that is what we are normally doing.

The 32-year-old also warned that the new systems are in danger of ruining the sport as a spectacle, and fans could find themselves turning off. 

He concluded: "I don't think that is too exciting for people to watch.

"If you look at the most exciting races, particularly when it rains, we don't have those limitations. I'm not sure cutting down engines is helping it in that direction."

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