Hamilton: Teams should have no say in F1's rules

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes mechanics have saved the team

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes mechanics have saved the team

Lewis Hamilton can understand why people think his dominance of Formula One is boring, but he says it is wrong to blame him or any other driver for the on-track product.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race at the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet June 23, 2019.

Speaking to journalists after the race, Hamilton said: "When you write the story and you say "it's boring". if you do, I totally understand it, I remember growing up watching it".

F1's new owner, the USA group Liberty Media, which ousted Ecclestone when it took over in 2017, has plans to remedy the situation with a new financial structure, including a budget cap, and changes to technical and sporting rules from 2021.

"We have nothing to do with the money and all that kind of stuff". It's because the way Bernie (Ecclestone) had it set up and the decisions they made then.

The Finn won no races a year ago, as Hamilton romped to the title, and took most of the winter getting himself back into the right state of mind before returning re-energised in Melbourne as "Bottas 2.0".

"I think what's really important for people to realise is it's not the drivers' fault".

"I don't believe there's a better manager [than Wolff] within whole of F1. Until that management structure changes it will continue to be the same, in my opinion, and that's not my job to do that, it's my job to do the best I can as a driver".

"That's not my job to do that".

"I do feel strong, but each weekend I come in and feel I'm starting on the right foot, Valtteri (Bottas) goes and puts in bloody good laps every time".

Though Hamilton will not do anything artificially enhance the spectacle on-track, he said he is hoping to make a difference away from races.

The five-time world champion has recently taken an active role in helping F1 shape its future, attending a 2021 rules summit in Paris earlier this month, where all 10 teams were present along with F1 chiefs and the FIA, racing's governing body. "I have faith it's going to get better", he said.

"I definitely didn't expect to have six wins at this point and it doesn't feel real", he admitted after his pole-to-flag win, his second in succession at Le Castellet.

As Hamilton and Mercedes continue their relentless destruction of the records, it is unreasonable to ask his team to slow down, as the president of the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) Jean Todt, once the boss of the all-conquering team that powered Michael Schumacher to five of his seven titles, has pointed out.

"I have nothing to gain by being there but if there's anything I can help..."

"They've extended the decision of making the rules", he said of the rules package, which has been delayed until October.

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