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SPORT NEWS – PU mode change clearly aimed toward us, Hamilton says

PU mode change clearly aimed toward us, Hamilton says



Lewis Hamilton says it’s clear any Formulation 1 rule change regarding the usage of energy unit modes is aimed toward slowing down Mercedes however warns it received’t obtain that focus on.

The FIA has knowledgeable groups it’s wanting right into a regulation change that will drive groups have to alter the best way they use energy unit modes, particularly peak modes in qualifying. Mercedes specifically makes a transparent step ahead when working sure modes in Q2 and Q3, however not often is ready to make the most of the modes in race trim. Hamilton says it’s not a shock {that a} rule change that seems to be focused at his workforce is being mentioned, given Mercedes’ vital championship lead.

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“I imply it’s not a shock — they’re all the time making an attempt to gradual us down,” Hamilton stated. “But it surely doesn’t actually change an enormous quantity for us, so it’s not an issue.

“On the finish of the day, the blokes at our workforce have simply accomplished such an excellent job with the engine. It’s clearly to gradual us down however I don’t assume it’s going to get the consequence that they need. However that’s completely fantastic in the event that they do.”

Hamilton additionally insists Mercedes doesn’t have extra to lose than some other producers, and teammate Valtteri Bottas additionally suggests there are knock-on results that would make it tougher for rivals to problem in races.

“It’s unimaginable to know what the opposite producers can truly acquire once they exit in qualifying and if we’re truly gaining extra or not,” Bottas stated. “We aren’t panicking about it and if that change within the rules come, then it’s the identical for everybody.

“Solely this morning I heard of the potential for that occuring and the very first thing that got here to my thoughts was that, within the races, everybody has completely different modes, so how a lot will they need to danger by way of engine life? Like us, they will save the engine at some phases but in addition, by way of strategic choices within the race, many instances you run completely different modes relying on if you’re defending, attacking and so forth.

“From my aspect, if it’s going to be the identical engine mode for everybody all by the race there can be much less overtaking, as a result of everybody can be working the identical modes as a substitute of taking part in with them and making an attempt to maximise each state of affairs. Typically you utilize extra energy, generally much less, however, ultimately there can be fewer issues for us drivers to do. Clearly, it’s less than us if the change comes…”

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SPORT NEWS – PU mode change clearly aimed toward us, Hamilton says
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