Lewis Hamilton believes having bigger and heavier cars from 2022 is the wrong approach to F1’s impending rule changes.
The seven-time world champion has stated that when he started in the sport, he enjoyed driving lighter cars and that any move to bigger, slower machinery is a step backwards for Formula One as a whole.
Hamilton thinks the move is even more surprising in light of F1’s efforts to increase sustainability. The Briton is a major voice in the fight against climate change and owns X44 Racing, which competes in the new Extreme E series, which McLaren has declared it will enter from next season.
The minimum weight of F1 cars in 2022 will be increased to 790kg, more than 100kg more than at the start of the turbo hybrid era in 2014. At the start of a race, the total weight of the car, including the full tank of fuel , it will be approximately 900 kg. The additional energy required to move through the car’s parts, according to the Mercedes driver, will only add to the carbon impact of the sport.
“I don’t understand why we are going heavier, particularly when there is so much talk about being more sustainable and the sport is going in that direction,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by MotorsportWeek.
“By going heavier and heavier, you are using more and more energy. So that’s not really going in the right direction or the right thought process.”
Hamilton made his debut during the refueling era in Formula 1, in which cars weighed around a third less than what will hit the track in 2022.
“The lighter cars were more agile and not as big, so running and maneuvering the car was better,” he added.
“On the roads we are going to they are widening, as [Baku]but like in Monaco, it was always relatively impossible to overtake, but now the car is so big that it’s too big for the track.
“Like I said, as we get heavier and heavier, we have to dissipate more power, bigger brakes, more brake dust and more fuel to get to the spot and so on, so I don’t fully get it. ”