Lewis Hamilton was unhappy with Formula One’s radio rules after his team were unable to help him correct an engine problem during the European Grand Prix.
Rules introduced this year place limits on how much assistance teams can give their drivers on the radio, which prevented Mercedes from telling Hamilton how to solve his problem.
Asked if he felt the restrictions on radio communications were correct Hamilton told reporters: “I don’t see the benefit.”
“The FIA have made Formula One so technical as it is today. We probably have at least a hundred, two hundred switch positions it could have been. And there’s no way to know, no matter how much I study that, I don’t know what the problem was.”
He added he was disappointed the problem kept him from pushing to catch the drivers in front of him. “It was a shame that I couldn’t race,” he said.
“It’s a race. If I had been able to resolve the power situation I might have been able to at least be part of the show and maybe catch the guys ahead. But it wasn’t to be and that’s the way it is.”
Hamilton said he had “no idea” how to fix the fault. “There’s like 16 different engine positions and in those engine positions there’s like 20 positions, so I had no idea what problem I had, just low power.”
The problem eventually went away of its own accord. “I didn’t do anything,” Hamilton confirmed, “it just fixed itself.”
Despite that he decided to back off in the final laps anyway. “I turned the engine down,” said Hamilton.
“I was 14 seconds behind the guys in front with eight laps to go, so I just saved the engine. Remembering that I don’t have as many engines as the guys in front for the rest of the year.”
Lewis Hamilton’s radio messages about his power unit fault
|From: Hamilton||De-rates everywhere. I’m sure that’s not helping. Is there no solution for this?|
|To: Hamilton||We are working on it, Lewis.|
|From: Hamilton||You guys need to pick up the pace.|
|From: Hamilton||Can I not reset this thing?|
|To: Hamilton||OK Lewis so the problem appears to be with the current mode you’re in.|
|From: Hamilton||Ah, I don’t know what you mean but I don’t know what’s wrong.|
|Copy that Lewis, hard to say what it is.|
|From: Hamilton||This is ridiculous guys, I don’t know, looking at my fricking dash every five seconds trying to find a switch that’s in the wrong position. I haven’t changed anything or done something wrong as far as I’m aware.|
|To: Hamilton||Yeah Lewis it’s nothing that you’re doing wrong, just got a setting that’s icorrect.|
|From: Hamilton||Is it HPB?|
|To: Hamilton||I’m afraid I can’t say, Lewis.|
|From: Hamilton||I may not finish this race because I’m going to try to change everything.|
|To: Hamilton||Don’t advise that, Lewis.|
|From: Hamilton||Can I make a suggestion and you say if it’s OK or not?|
|To: Hamilton||No that’s not allowed. Let’s just get our head down and focus on the job.|
|To: Hamilton||OK Lewis you’re the fastest car on the track.|
|From: Hamilton||Thanks man. Got power back.|