F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has concocted quite the conspiracy theory over Formula One’s decision-in-the-making to limit teams to what is referred to as “single engine mode” during Grand Prix weekends. Hamilton minced no words declaring Mercedes’ dominance especially during qualifying stages being, in his opinion, the motivating driving force behind the proposed plan. Formula One wants to “slow down” Mercedes, says the Brit.
Teams are currently allowed to run the power units of their cars according to different specs and settings each day of a typical GP weekend. This liberty, if anything, is behind Mercedes’ absolute dominance of the latter stages of qualifying rounds. And its performance-focused technology the brand’s competitors simply have not been able to get even close to rivalling or matching.
Hamilton did add that even though race officials are “always trying” to slow Mercedes down, decisions such as this hasn’t ever changed much for Mercedes, and it certainly won’t make a huge difference this time round either. The Englishman said he wasn’t at all surprised, and even hinted at having seen it all coming a long way off.
Fellow Mercedes champion driver Valtteri Bottas followed a much more level and reasonable approach in his response to the latest plans on the F1 table. It isn’t possible to say for sure how much engine manufacturers are gaining when using “full beans” said Bottas during an interview with Sky Sports F1. At the end of the day, concluded the Mercedes Number 2, whatever is passed as regulation is what goes.
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