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Lewis Hamilton names the flaw with Formula 1 cars this season

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Lewis Hamilton recently won his fourth world championship title – usurping Jackie Steward to become the most decorated British driver on the F1 grid.

The 32-year-old has now turned his hand to the issues surrounding F1 as a whole, namely the difficulty in overtaking.

Let’s face it – this hasn’t been the most exciting F1 season, overtaking has been at a premium and when it has been attempted, well let’s just say that it wasn’t pretty.

Speaking to Motorsport the newly minted world champion said that F1 has a lot to learn from GP2.

"When I was in GP2 that was good fun. It was easier in GP2 to overtake," Hamilton said.

"The way their floors are it was easier to be close. So to come back through the field [was easier].

"This actually is a race track where it is difficult to get past here, but the delta is slightly smaller than it is in other places.

"But if you look at most of the circuits we go to, the delta to be able to overtake the car in front is usually a second and a half, or something like that.

F1 Grand Prix of Japan

"You've got to be a second and a half faster, that's a whole tyre compound and a bit.

"So that just shows there's obviously a flaw in the cars' design, and whilst the cars are fantastic this year, that's an area we can improve on for the future.”

But is there more F1 can do to make races more exciting?

When asked about the possibility of reversing the grid the 32-year-old isn't sure it would change results that much.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

"Reversing the grid, I mean, you didn't see the top four move around, did you?

"So reversing the grid, you'll just reverse that role, and it'll be the same." The 32-year-old concluded.

Interesting concept to be sure – it’s unlikely to happen though.

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