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Hamilton finished fourth in Brazil.

Lewis Hamilton not a fan of new rule change for 2018 season

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Newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton has bemoaned the decision to cut the number of engines drivers are allowed to three, saying it "sucks". 

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

The number is being cut to three in 2018 in an effort to reduce costs.

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. That sucks. Sprinting is what we are missing in F1," Hamilton said.

Hamilton argues the changes that will be made will make racing unappealing and make the cars significantly heavier, making them slower and making racing less interesting.

"The car is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a Nascar (stock car)."

Hamilton was speaking about the rule change after the Brazilian Grand Prix, in which he was able to push his engine hard because a new one was fitted to aid his fight back from a pit-lane start.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

"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 always every single lap."

Hamilton is not alone in wanting the new rules not to be implemented.


Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has suggested that the ideal number of engines should be five, and that attempts to block the change to three have been unsuccessful. 

There is a lot of concern that the punishment for excessive engine changes is turning F1 into a joke.

So far this season, McLaren-Honda have accumulated nearly 400 places in grid penalties this season, with more expected by the time the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix begins next weekend.

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