Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says F1 is choosing tracks for the dough, not the show07/16/2019
Lewis Hamilton believes drivers should have more say about which circuits host F1 races.
After back-to-back solid races for F1 at Austria and Silverstone, Hamilton says those tracks — and not the cars or rules — are the reason for the improved racing of late.
“We know better than anybody which tracks we can overtake on and which tracks we can’t,” the Mercedes megastar said after his win at Silverstone. “I don’t know who does the selection, but there are ones that they are selecting for the future that we’re going to have not such great racing.”
It is believed Hamilton may be referring to Zandvoort in the Netherlands, a legendary circuit that F1 will revisit next year. Hamilton thinks the actual race there will be like watching a “train.”
“So, what would you prefer? Having a race in those countries just for the sake of having a race? Or do you want a great race like this?” Hamilton asked.
Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, agrees that the problem is that Liberty Media is not always prioritizing the actual wheel-to-wheel racing when it is negotiating with F1 hosts.
“I’m sure that many of the track selections for the calendar is just purely for political reasons and money rather than actually focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not,” he said.
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