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Hamilton: New engine ruling sucks

Drivers are now permitted to use four power units before incurring penalties, but that number is set to be reduced to three next season in a bid to lower costs, while certain elements of the engine will be restricted to just two for the 21-race campaign.

Hamilton said reducing the number of engines would mean drivers were able to push hard in races less often.

"I don't like the idea of going to three", Hamilton said, according to the BBC, referring to the decreased number of engines allowed in 2018. "Sprinting is what we are missing in F1".

Despite starting from the pit lane after crashing in qualifying, Hamilton battled to a fourth place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday (12 November) and insisted his was the kind of performance that might soon be a thing of the past given the emphasis on preserving engines. "It was nice, normally you're managing it [all the time]". "He was the quickest guy out there, but you must remember that Sebastian was managing the pace of the race, apart from the last laps".

"Ultimately they test these engines to a certain limit, and then they set a limit below it as the limit, and they tell you this is how much mileage you have in the race, but I always come in way, way under".

Drivers are now allowed four engines before incurring a grid penalty for any subsequent changes after that.

"The auto is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a Nascar [US stock car]", he said.

"This year the opportunity for him to win the World Championship was huge, but Mercedes as a whole team is just a power - so I think the gap between them and Ferrari could even get bigger in the coming season".

The outspoken Brit is also unimpressed with the prospect of driving a heavier auto next year with new "halo" cockpits being fitted. "The braking distances get longer and it sounds negative, but as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle that I can attack every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".

"I'm not sure cutting down engines is helping it in that direction".

"I know it sounds negative, but just as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle, that I can attack always, every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".



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