Lewis Hamilton says 2018 F1 engine rules 'suck', wants more sprints

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Drivers who use more than the allotted number of engines face grid penalties, such as those imposed on Daniel Ricciardo in Brazil, which has resulted in drivers taking a conservative approach. From 2018 they will be limited to just three engines for the 21 races.

Hamilton said reducing the number of engines would mean drivers were able to push hard in races less often. "That sucks. Sprinting is what we are missing in F1". But I guess that's just your fear of pushing it a little bit too much, like the engine blowing up in Malaysia a year ago, so those kind of things make me look after it even more. If you look at the most exciting races - particularly when it rains - we don't have those limitations. "I think the team has done great, and to be able to push the engine like it was today, it makes me think I don't like the idea of going to three engines".

From next season cars will be heavier because of the introduction of the "halo" driver cockpit head protection system.

"The vehicle is going to be a bus next year, it is going to be so heavy, like a Nascar [US stock car]", he said. "If you look at the guys in front, they were managing, and that's generally what we are doing when we are in front".

Sao Paulo: Lewis Hamilton's performance in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix was "the best fourth place I have ever seen" according to his Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff. "I'm not sure that cutting down the engines is helping it in that direction". "The braking distances get longer and it sounds negative, but as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle that I can attack every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".

"I know it sounds negative, but just as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle, that I can attack always, every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have". Fernando Alonso and his McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandorne have been hit with a combined 355 penalty grid places so far this season, while Renault-powered cars have racked up 330 penalty grid places.

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