Sport Hamilton: F1 engine mode ban won't "get the result that they want"
Ban on F1 qualifying engine modes "only a positive" for Ferrari
The FIA's upcoming ban on teams running higher engine modes in Formula 1 qualifying is "only a positive" for Ferrari given its straight-line speed struggles, reckons Charles Leclerc .It emerged on Thursday ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix that the FIA is set to clamp down on changeable power modes between qualifying and the race, removing the possibility for teams to use so-called 'party mode' settings for hot laps.The move is set to be clarified in a technical directive that should be issued to teams ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month.
Lewis Hamilton says the impending move to ban powerful Formula 1 qualifying engine modes will not "get the result that they want" in terms of its impact on Mercedes' performance.
F1 squads have been informed that the FIA will issue a new technical directive ahead of this month's Belgian Grand Prix, which will mean the cars will have to
This has been interpreted as a move to reduce the impact of the significant gains the Mercedes-powered teams are able to make in qualifying.
F1 British GP: Hamilton holds on after last lap tyre failure for Silverstone win
Lewis Hamilton survived a dramatic final lap puncture to win Formula 1's 2020 British Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, as the same tyre problem dropped Valtteri Bottas to P11 . The Mercedes drivers had looked completely at ease for the majority of the race at Silverstone, which was disrupted twice early on after separate heavy crashes for Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat, but their fortunes were turned around sensationally with just over two laps to go.
When asked if Mercedes had more to lose compared to other engine suppliers with the move in the pre-event press conference for this weekend's Spanish GP - the last race before the event at Spa - Hamilton replied: "No.
"And just going back to the fact that at the end of the day, the guys on our team have done such a great job with the engine.
"It's obviously to slow us down but I don't think it's going to get the result that they want, so that's totally fine if they do."
Hamilton also said "it's not a surprise to us, they're always trying to slow us down".
He added: "But it doesn't really change a huge amount for us so it's not a problem."
Speaking alongside Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas said Mercedes was unconcerned by the move, but voiced his thoughts on how it could lead to a reduction in overtaking during races.
Hamilton unfazed by impending engine mode ban
Lewis Hamilton says he is not concerned by Formula 1’s move to ban qualifying engine modes, insisting it won’t have a major impact on Mercedes’ current performance edge. It is understood the ban will come into force at the Belgian Grand Prix later this month, with the FIA issuing a technical directive to inform teams of the change. This will result in teams now having to run the same engine modes for both qualifying and the race, in what has been interpreted as a move to clampdown on Mercedes-powered teams being able to make significant gains over one lap.
"It's impossible to know with other engine manufacturers how much they can actually gain when they do it all-out in qualifying and if we're gaining more or not," Bottas explained.
"We are not panicking about it, if that regulation comes it's the same for everyone.
"But when I heard about the possibility for the first time, actually this morning, the first thing [that] came to my mind is the effect it will have in races.
"Because every team obviously has different modes in terms of how much they want to risk in terms of wearing the engine and sometimes when they can [change the performance mode].
"[It's] also the same for us, we can save the engine if we have margin, and also in terms of strategic things in the race, for drivers many times we are using different modes whether we are defending, attacking.
"So from my side it feels like if it could be the same engine mode for everyone all through the race, I think there could be less overtaking because everyone is just running the same modes instead of playing with them and trying to maximise every situation with sometimes using more power, sometimes less.
"But in the end it would be less things for us to do while driving. Obviously it's not up to us but we'll take it if it comes."
Hamilton: Not the right time for Mercedes F1 contract talks .
Lewis Hamilton says it is "doesn't feel like the right time" to hold talks over a new Mercedes Formula 1 contract, but remains relaxed about his future with the team .Mercedes announced on Thursday that Valtteri Bottas would be remaining with the team for the 2021 season after a smooth completion of talks over a new contract.Six-time world champion Hamilton is yet to finalise a new deal with Mercedes beyond the end of this season, but both parties are widely expected to agree terms for a new contract.