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‘Life is unfair’: Verstappen rejects Hamilton’s call for rule change to end dominance

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Lewis Hamilton has called for Formula 1 to impose a cut-off point on car development to prevent one team dominating the championship.

However Max Verstappen, whose team have won all bar one of the last 19 races, has rejected his rival’s suggestion.

Hamilton said his proposal was “not aimed at any one particular person or anything.” He won six world championships in a seven-year spell from 2014 to 2020, during which time Mercedes was consistently the team to beat. Over the first three of those years they won 51 out of 59 races.

That kind of sustained success could be disrupted if F1 introduced a rule which prevented teams from beginning development on their cars before a certain point in the year, said Hamilton.

“In my 17 years of being here, before even I got here, you see a period, a time of dominance and it continues to happen,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “I was really fortunate to have one of those periods, Max is having that now – but with the way it’s going, it will continue to happen over and over again. And I don’t think that we need that in the sport.”

When one team starts a season in a strong position they are able to begin development of their next car earlier in the year and carry their advantage from championship to championship, said Hamilton.

“In my personal experience when you are so far ahead, if you’re 100 points ahead, you don’t really need to do a lot more development in your car so you can start earlier on your next car. With the budget cap, that means spending that year’s money on the next year’s car.

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“But if everyone had a time [limit], if everyone knew that we can start on whatever date it is – October is way too late, probably, but [say] August 1st – then no one has a head start and then it’s a real race in that short space of time for the future car.

Verstappen dismissed Hamilton’s call for a change in the rules
“Maybe that would help everyone be more closer in the following year. But I might be wrong.”

Hamilton believes “something’s got to change” to prevent individual teams dominating F1 as others have before Red Bull in recent years.

“When we were winning world championships we could start earlier than everybody else. And then there are teams that weren’t competitive, so then they just didn’t bother working on that current car.

“If you look at Brawn, they just focused fully on the next year’s car from the beginning and then they turned up next year and blitzed everybody. And that shouldn’t be possible, in my opinion. That’s for you to judge.

“But it’d be cool to see in the next 20 years that we don’t have huge bands of time where one team lead too far ahead, because we want to see better racing.”

However Verstappen had little time for Hamilton’s suggestion of imposing a cut-off date on teams’ car development. “Life is unfair as well so it’s not only in Formula 1,” he said. “A lot of things in life are unfair so we just have to deal with it.”

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106 comments on “‘Life is unfair’: Verstappen rejects Hamilton’s call for rule change to end dominance”

  1. Lewis Hamilton has called for Formula 1 to impose a cut-off point on car development to prevent one team dominating the championship.

    If only Hamilton (and preferably his boss, too) had called for that back in 2015.
    Perhaps something meaningful might have been done about it by now…. (Yeah, right).

    1. I have seen his interview and was baffled. Where were his smart solutions and remarks during 2014-2021? I hope this is PR talk briefed to him otherwise I fear there is not much perspective to be found in his mind. Any Mercedes employee should be the last to make these remarks. Understandable from any other team, but not from Mercedes.

  2. What a spoiled diva that Hamilton is. To be honest, Verstappen is growing into one as well.

    1. “Verstappen is growing into one as well”

      Already fully grown, IMO…

    2. 100 million dollars is what Redbull earns every just for showing up! Ferrari gets even more. How did Redbull afford take 20 something engeneers from Mercedes while doubling their pay. Doesn’t that change your perspective!?!?!? What is williams total budget again?

      And the next person who says!” but the costcap” Costcap my bum!

      1. Picking out Brawn is an odd example, given that the team nearly didn’t happen, were under funded, had minimal development and were nearly caught.

        1. Sorry, dunno why that was a response to you!

    3. I concur 100%. Does Hamilton have a clue how openly shallow and self-centered he can be? Disgusting.

    4. True this. Of all drivers he is the last who can say this…

      As for the diva behavior, do you think for both it is caused by the fact they are knighted? Sir diva lewis and Sir diva max?

  3. Hamilton is a total hypocrite. It was fine that Mercedes won for seven years in a row, but now he’s going to start crying like a little kid when his toy gets smashed?

    1. He’s actually saying it wasn’t fine when he was doing. He’s saying, it’s never good for the sport, whatever team it is.

      1. Depends upon whose ox is being gored ….

      2. Hamilton’s dominance was very very very good for the sport because it helped build a legend… and Goliath….. and then we had 2021 when the king was dethroned! This is all awesome narrative.

        It’s a fundamental misunderstanding about how engagement works in sport when people think we need new winners all the time, we don’t. People don’t want lots of winners, they want meaning.

        Be careful what you wish for.

        1. This. Formula 1 has already gone down the more of everything route too much with more races and more passing. And it’s been meaningless.

      3. But he didn’t push for changes then.. only after racking up 7 titles and 8 constructors titles does he feel it’s something that needs to change. Sure, first you profit from it and then try to screw others out of the same..
        Definition of hypocrisy.

    2. He actually said throughout Mercedes’ dominance that it wasn’t a good thing. Nothing hypocritical about saying the same thing in both situations.

      1. It’s not the same if you say it only after winning 7 and 8 championships, this is the very definition of hypocrisy, profiting from something and then claiming is wrong only when you’re losing to another doing the very same thing you did.

        If you fail to understand this very basic stuff, you need to read some more.

        1. If he was only just saying it now, then tyres, it would be hypocritical. But he isn’t, he said this while he was in a dominant car, too. That’s the opposite of hypocrisy.

          1. Sorry but he didn’t say that during 2014-2021. Remember clearly he stated it was not the car but his driving.

          2. When you arrive and you are competing against other teams who are bringing their A game and you have another two drivers and that puts a spanner in the mix.
            When that is not there it is definitely a lot less exciting from a competition point of view, racing within a team…it is not how F1 should be, but it is what it is right now and it has been like that in the past.

            https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/37164/lewis-hamilton-on-mercedes-dominance-it-s-not-our-fault-we-re-good-at-our-job-.html

            If you say it’s boring, I totally understand it. Don’t blame the drivers. We don’t write the rules. Put the pressure on the people at the top, who should be doing their jobs.

            https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/37164/lewis-hamilton-on-mercedes-dominance-it-s-not-our-fault-we-re-good-at-our-job-.html

            First two examples I could find, there are more out there if anyone cares to look. Both are saying dominance is bad for the sport, and the second one is even saying the rules should be changed to prevent it.

          3. He only said it after everybody had been saying it for years.

          4. So, I get told that he didn’t make any such comment between 2014 and 2021, so give two examples, yet that’s not good enough for you?

            And RBR/Max only started saying “that’s how F1 is” and that the rules shouldn’t be changed after they got in a dominant position, after spending years (from the start of the hybrid era, in RBR’s case) calling for rule changes to hinder Mercedes and threatening to quit if it didn’t happen.

            Yet Hamilton is the hypocrite, even though he did call for changes while he was in a dominant car, and Max/RBR are fine in changing their opinion based on how well it is sitting them right now? 🤔

  4. Well this is just unfair. Hamilton had many years of dominance and didn’t ask for rule change. Verstappen has somewhat similar level of dominance (but not quite) for a few months and this happens. I think it’s unfair in general to ask for rules that suit you (but teams do it all the time), but in this case Lewis is the last one to talk. Not because his dominance was unfair or bad, but because he can’t complain about the game only when he’s on the losing side. Besides, I think RB wouldn’t be dominant at all without Max, possibly not even the top team. And Verstappen did win races even with third best car from time to time, for start, Hamilton should at least try to do the same before making calls like this. I’m no fan of either driver (nor the opposite of that), but at the moment I rank Verstappen above Hamilton either way, until Lewis does something with second best car he has now. He doesn’t enjoy a challenge at all it seems, which is disappointing. He already proved to be better than Russel, now he can try to prove that he doesn’t need a 2019 Mercedes to win races, at least occasionally.

    1. Aaron Becker
      29th June 2023, 17:59

      Hamilton hasn’t proven to be better than Russel yet. Russell finished higher in the championship than Hamilton last season and have given Mercedes their only win in over a season. He ahead so far this season, but losing to a first year team mate it embarrassing

    2. 100 million dollars is what Redbull earns every just for showing up! Ferrari gets even more. How did Redbull afford take 20 something engeneers from Mercedes while doubling their pay. Doesn’t that change your perspective!?!?!? What is williams total budget again?

      And the next person who says!” but the costcap” Costcap my bum!

      1. ILoveConspiracyTheories
        30th June 2023, 14:19

        You do know that RBPT doesn’t fall under the budget cap? Red Bull hired a lot of engineers from the engine department of Mercedes to work for RBPT for the 2026 engine. And the next person who says! “Can you you prove this” prove my B…. ah heck, just read more articles about that then you would have known ;-) . Have a nice day.

  5. Adam (@rocketpanda)
    29th June 2023, 16:42

    The amusing thing is that he’s completely right. One team shouldn’t be allowed to dominate while the other teams are financially or technologically hamstrung preventing them from catching up – it allows a team that starts with a strong advantage to maintain it for several years and arguably stagnates competition.

    It’s just funny it’s coming from him, considering as the article points out this was exactly what he and Mercedes did. So it does rather come across that it was absolutely fine when he did it, but it’s not fine when someone else does it.

    1. It’s just funny it’s coming from him, considering as the article points out this was exactly what he and Mercedes did. So it does rather come across that it was absolutely fine when he did it, but it’s not fine when someone else does it.

      Strange viewpoint, because Lewis specifically points at what Mercedes did and says it gave/gives an unfair advantage.

      1. After the fact yes. Way more easy. It is not about the calling out, but about his call to action now. Something he didnt do back then. That is a large inconsistency which easily gets translated into hypocrisy.

        1. Something he didnt do back then

          A glance down the comments says various other people recall that he did.

          1. ILoveConspiracyTheories
            30th June 2023, 14:27

            He/Mercedes said that dominance wasn’t good for the sport but the proposed solution wasn’t mentioned at that time. That is the big difference. Other teams just should catch up during 2014-2020, just like Mercedes should do now.

          2. the proposed solution wasn’t mentioned at that time

            The specific solution, no. And frankly, the proposed solution is not a good one.

            However, Lewis did suggest that the rules should be changed to prevent dominance.

        2. Something he didnt do back then

          Yes, he did. See my post above.

    2. You do realise he decried his own team’s dominance during that period, don’t you?

  6. Complete lack of self-awareness.

    1. Shocking indeed. There is one escape. If he has been instructed to say this. But whatever it is, it is consistent behavior. In 2021 (after continuously stating during 2014-2020 ‘I wish there was more competition’) the slightest hint of competition made Mercedes throw everything at it but the kitchen sink. From 0 to 100 overnight: full on PR trash and shady back room politics. It seems it is happening again. And let’s not get fooled by him. We are only 1,5 season in, into the RB dominance. Not like 6 or 7 years.

      1. @Mayrton
        You could even argue it’s less than 1,5 since at the start of last season it was actually Ferrari who was ahead

      2. In the second season of Mercedes’ dominance, at least, RBR were asking for rule changes to peg them back. We’re now in the second season of RBR dominance: even if they weren’t quite dominant at the start of 2022, by the end it was clear that their car was significantly ahead of all the competition, and nobody is close to challenging them this season.

        All that’s happened is that the dominant team has changed, and so the positions of the previously-dominant team and the newly-dominant team have reversed. This is the same old story, with one major difference: Lewis himself has been consistent in saying he thinks that dominance is bad for the sport and that the rules should be changed to prevent it, even when he was benefiting from a dominant car.

  7. Lewis Hamilton should have said that 7 or 8 years ago if he wanted to be taken seriously.

    1. He did many times…

      1. When? I truly can’t recall such a statement until after Max’s first WDC.

        1. then you haven’t been paying attention, google it you will find it

          1. Itsmeagain (@)
            30th June 2023, 12:01

            @lucifer I did,…. And found out he didn’t never told such a thing. Google it,..and you will find it.

          2. There are two quotes in my comment above, both saying that dominance is bad for the sport, and one suggesting the rules should be changed to prevent it. They were just the first two I found from a very quick search, there are more.

      2. Nonsense, where between 2014 and 2020 did he ever propose that no team should be allowed to start working in next years car before august? Exactly.

        1. He didn’t suggest this specific rule, no. I don’t think anybody has, and it’s a pretty bad suggestion.

          However, he did suggest many times that dominance was bad for the sport, and that the rules should be changed to prevent it.

      3. Slowmo – back up your claim, link a article where he asked for this while dominating. Chances are you speaking rubbish.

      4. Itsmeagain (@)
        29th June 2023, 19:22

        Of course he said everything…… that suits the opinion of his fans. When?,… facts please

        1. W (@vishnusxdx)
          29th June 2023, 20:33

          The facts should come from the person who states “he should have said that … years ago if he wanted to be taken seriously”

          First check if your statement makes any sence, besides a very uninformed and biased take. You can’t just blab things and then call for facts from the other parties.

          1. Itsmeagain (@)
            29th June 2023, 22:27

            @vishnusxdx, ever heard of cynicism?

          2. It seems people have gotten quite used to making any claim they want without any evidence to support it. Welcome to the post-truth world where everyone is an expert except for the experts. Everything is true and nothing is true.

      5. The general opinion and what I remember as well is he didn’t, he did make those “would be nice if the others were up there too” comments, verstappen does too, but didn’t propose rule changes harmful to merc dominance.

        1. He didn’t propose rule changes, but he did suggest the rules should be changed:

          Don’t blame the drivers. We don’t write the rules. Put the pressure on the people at the top, who should be doing their jobs.

  8. This must be wrong:

    “He won six world championships in a seven-year spell from 2014 to 2020, during which time Mercedes was consistently the team to beat. Over the first three of those years they won 51 out of 59 races.”

    So Rosberg & Ricciardo only won 8 times between them from 2014 to 2016?

    1. RandomMallard
      29th June 2023, 17:00

      @palagyi I believe that stat is referring to Mercedes winning 51 out of 59 races

      1. Oh, okay. I was tricked by the pronoun, my bad.

        1. Yes, couldn’t be because I remember in the title season rosberg won 1 less race than hamilton but still already more than 8 just that year.

  9. “But if everyone had a time [limit], if everyone knew that we can start on whatever date it is – October is way too late, probably, but [say] August 1st – then no one has a head start and then it’s a real race in that short space of time for the future car.

    Perhaps, a handicapping system akin to the aero restrictions?
    The higher you are in the WCC at a date (August 1st??) the later you have to delay development spend for the following year.
    But how would you police it? How much would the RBR catering budget rise ;) ?

    1. The Dolphins
      30th June 2023, 3:59

      That’s an interesting suggestion. On the one hand I’m open to the sport trying new ideas and levelling the playing field. On the other hand Lewis himself said that some teams effectively sacrifice a season just to get a head start on the next, taking that into account it seems like we have a system of balance in place already.

  10. Ah poor baby is throwing his toys out of the pram.

    1. actually his not

  11. It’s all politics. Max can go and throw them a bone saying he hopes the competition is closer, but he obviously doesn’t want that. And Hamilton doesn’t either, he wants do dominate again.

    I do like the visual of these current cars, they look much better than the ones from the previous reg, but i don’t think the racing they generate is very good. I would like lighter and more agile, smaller cars, but maybe that’s not possible with these complex engines and no refueling. And these crappy tyres.

    1. Jeffrey Powell
      29th June 2023, 18:17

      I’m with you mate bring back the Lotus 49.

      1. Save it.

  12. “When we were winning world championships we could start earlier than everybody else. And then there are teams that weren’t competitive, so then they just didn’t bother working on that current car.

    This is where that reasoning becomes tricky. If a certain team is dominating, the other teams are by definition not competitive. With the leveling off of commercial rights payouts and the budget cap – whether a team finishes a season 2nd or 3rd isn’t that big of a deal anymore either. In theory, all teams can start working on their new car early. But that’s just the problem with this whole era of F1; if a team doesn’t get it right on day one – the rest of the season might as well just be testing for next year. There’s very little room to improve during the season.

    1. Coventry Climax
      29th June 2023, 22:53

      That’s indeed the flaw in Hamilton’s reasoning, and what you say makes perfect sense, I would say.
      But apparently not to the team that makes no mistakes, yet comes up for the second year in a row with a concept that already proved didn’t work in the first year. They’ve probably now spend a lot of their budget on changing to another concept, leaving them short to start on next year’s car early.
      Maybe Hamilton should aim his grievance at his own team, instead of at the ones that did do a good job.

      1. Vowles who worked for Mercedes, mentioned that Mercedes has $300,000,000 worth of equipment that Williams does not have. See article on RaceFans 6/27/23 Also Mercedes is said to be making roughly $70,000,000 in renovations, to their Formula 1 factory in Brackley. I admire LH and Toto, but they are complaining a lot more now, compared to when Mercedes was the front runner for years and years. My 2 cents

  13. I think for me they just need to get rid of the engine freeze then ensure the budget cap is being applied correctly to the big 3 who are likely all doing some creative accounting to spend more than the rest still. There is no need to rewrite the regulations to try and stop a dominant team, the big rule changes do some of that periodically.

    If they did want to however cut into some of the Red Bull speed advantage then I’d guess removing DRS for next year would be a pretty popular move for many as they seem to get more benefit from that than any other team.

    1. As well as for the fans.

    2. I think for me they just need to get rid of the engine freeze then ensure the budget cap is being applied correctly to the big 3 who are likely all doing some creative accounting to spend more than the rest still. There is no need to rewrite the regulations to try and stop a dominant team

      Reasonable idea about the engines, but do you realise you’re contradicting yourself?

      they just need to get rid of the engine freeze and here is no need to rewrite the regulations

      1. Ooops, missing letter in the second highlight – here have a spare “T” and insert it :)

  14. Or, stop changing the freakin’ aero rules on an annual basis.

  15. Stable technical regulations and the law of diminishing returns take of everything. Having ahead syart of development makes a huge difference when you build a new car or new engine. But when next year’s car isn’t really new just an evolution of the current car due to stable regs, then the gains made are minor.
    Meanwhile a team like Mercedes or Ferrari or Maclaren are fixing major flaws on their design and continue taking large steps. They might not make a car better than Red Bull’s but at least get the gap within a tenth of second, then the skill of a driver such Lewis can take care of the rest.

  16. Stable technical regulations and the law of diminishing returns should take care of everything.
    Having a head start of development makes a huge difference when you build a new car or new engine. But when next year’s car isn’t really new just an evolution of the current car due to stable regs, then the gains made are minor.

    Meanwhile a team like Mercedes or Ferrari or McLaren are fixing major flaws on their design and continue taking large steps. They might not make a car better than Red Bull’s but at least get the gap within a tenth of second, then the skill of a driver such Lewis can take care of the rest.

  17. Hypocrisy has a new name, and its name is Lewis.

    1. guess you never heard of Red Bull

  18. I think the chance to make this point and not be a labelled a hypocrite has sadly already passed. I guess he couldn’t make it before as Mercedes always pretended they weren’t dominant but thats just the way it goes….

    1. I really wish people would get their facts straight. He said on multiple occasions during Mercedes’ dominance that said dominance was a bad thing for the sport, and even suggested that the rules should be changed to prevent it.

      I guess if you don’t know that, if you didn’t hear him or can’t remember him saying so previously, then it would come across as hypocritical. But he’s been fairly consistent in saying that this is not how he wants F1 to be, even when he was benefiting from it.

      We get these comments every time Lewis makes a comment regarding the dominance of RBR. Yet we see few comments about the hypocrisy of RBR and Max… They were asking for rule changes from early on in the hybrid era to stop Mercedes’ dominance, but now are firmly against any such action.

  19. Good points, but made at the wrong time. Lewis should have complained about Mercedes being dominant when he drove the dominant car. To talk about it now seems more an attempt to preserve his records than anything else.

  20. Imagine Aston Martin building a rocketship and Alonso winning next years championship and then gifting the next let’s say 5 to Stroll. It might get boring after Stroll will win 20 races in a row but still in the last 10 years we only have had back-to-back champions from the same team and I’m afraid we are on a course to continue on this path.

    1. I hope he gets paid enough to become a billionaire to do that…

      1. The Dolphins
        30th June 2023, 4:04

        No kidding, Alonso has changed from 15 years ago but I think he might need a head scan if he gifts anyone a championship.

    2. I seriously doubt Stroll could win a championship even with a car as dominant as the Mercedes at their peak and Alonso helping him.

  21. Nothing hypocritical in what he is saying. During the time of Merc and other teams dominance there were no controls to stop teams literally throwing the kitchen sink in terms of cash to increase development (assuming of course you had the money) now with the present financial controls those said teams can’t do that anymore so the team with the advantage have it probably for a lot longer.

    Ham did admit in the article to being a benefactor of a dominance period but not under these circumstances as being part of a team that is behind.

    Moving on to the suggestion if it’s a reasonable one, it could work but I don’t know how you would police it?

    1. There was the token system, which limited development.

    2. It wasn’t as bad as now*, but there was the token system which stopped them throwing money at the engines to catch up. That had a massive impact on the first couple of seasons.

      * I know some will disagree on this because of the scale and visibility of the impact of the token system. However, only development of one aspect of the car was limited by the town system. The teams could do whatever they want with aero, suspension, etc. Now, everything is limited by the cost cap, and the engines are frozen.

  22. Hamilton’s point is sound: a dominant team can stop developing the current car earlier in the season and focus on the next, which has a rolling effect. Mercedes – as he points out – benefitted from that in the past. The difference being now that it’s much harder for other teams to catch up by spending more on development. But it doesn’t mean he’s right that teams should be stopped from switching development earlier.
    Some other teams will eventually catch up. The issue for me is more that FIA seem to change the regulations again just as they do and we get good competition for a year or so (2021 > 2022 being a classic example). The fact is too that Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren all messed up their designs in 2022. Not Red Bull’s fault.
    What’s bad for Formula 1 is the leading team having a number one driver + assistant. But it survived the Schumacher era I guess.

    1. Schumacher era is overrated, they had 2,5 dominant seasons (2001 I count half, wasn’t that dominant a car, coulthard beat barrichello), 2000 and 2003 were fully competitive seasons, mercedes had 5 dominant years in their era and verstappen is at risk of having a lot too (since perez isn’t even able to get on the podium or in q3!).

  23. All these years I must have been mislead. Here I always thought that if you build the best machine and have a driver to compliment that car you should under normal circumstances win.
    But know Sir whine/whinge wants that changed.
    BTW, people saying that he mentioned that that also should have happened years ago when they were on top of the heap forget that of course he will say that because it will not change anything. It’s after the fact. That’s cheap politics.

    1. Yes, it’s really a bad look, it’s a good idea, but should’ve been proposed AT LEAST in 2016, you had a couple dominant seasons, make a proposal to increase competition, not after your dominance ended and another took its place.

      If you didn’t like dominance before you shouldn’t like dominance now, unless you are the dominant driver.

    2. So, of he didn’t say anything before, he’s a hypocrite. If he did say something before, he was just playing politics and didn’t really want anything changed, so he’s still a hypocrite.

      That’s some reasoning there. He just can’t win. If he rescued your mother from a burning building, I suspect you’d still react negatively… Just doing it for the publicity or something, eh?

  24. The letter “k” accidently slipped in there!!!!! (But now Sir whine/whinge wants that changed.)

  25. Fred Fedurch
    29th June 2023, 23:50

    That kid never ceases to amaze me with the crap that he spews.

    1. you confusing him with the other kid

  26. Geez Ham just retire already.. life isn’t fair. You of all people should realize that

  27. We never saw Alonso or Vettel cry like this after 2014.

  28. Can’t wait until we make an in season change again at Silverstone to please Mercedes. Mercedes PR in full swing. I bet Mercedes will benefit the most from the new tires. Or will they shoot themselves in the foot again like in Spa with their floor saga? Or their flexwings before? It seems their focus is too much outside focused while they should focus on the task at hand: build a better car. Mercedes seems to believe winning is easier achieved through lobbying than actual development of their car.

  29. Ironically, history has shown that rule change tend to cause more dominance rather than a level playing field. I have no doubts that with stable rules, other teams will catch up with Red Bull within a few years, also since Red Bull will have the least time in the wind tunnel.

    1. I have no doubts that with stable rules, other teams will catch up with Red Bull within a few years

      I have no idea where you get this confidence from. Stable rules have never resulted in performance convergence, and are especially unlikely to under a budget cap.

      The time when the teams will catch up to Red Bull the most is when a new set of rules will be introduced the following year. Teams stop developing and focus on the future car.
      It’s the imminent change that tightens the competition, not the period of stability.

  30. If you want to limit designing next year’s car to early, just postpone the regulation changes until the last minute. You may publicly set possible regulations for the next year, each with different objective (e.g. cars should target for max fuel economy vs max downforce in different plans). Or declare that the dimensions of the rear wing will clean change but the dimensions will be announced or even decided after the last race only.

    Teams could still try to start designing the next year car before getting final regulations but that would get pretty expensive really fast.

    This kind of solution would make start of the season more random but teams that could keep up good work during the session would flourish at the end.

  31. Suppose when Hamilton or Verstappen say something that has a valid point it shows up the people that can’t process an impartial view. At the end of the day Hamilton is right in this regard. Should he have said it during the Mercedes dominance, yes. Is he wrong for saying it now, no.

    1. @rob8k
      While we do see what you described in the first part of your comment and we see it happen in here too…. I totally disagree with the second part. Focus on what he actually said and think about that. First of all, yes a team far ahead can stop developing the current car and focus of next year. But that goes both ways. A team far behind can also just stop with the current car and focus on the next. Secondly, how would an august 1 cut-off date change anything? The team that is far ahead can just test new parts and concepts for next year on the current car and assess them. Either way what Hamilton proposes will not change anything except making himself and Mercedes sound really really salty.

      1. It’s fine to disagree with me, I’m all for it. I just don’t believe a team that is far ahead would test new parts on a current car as the data most likely won’t be accurate for the following season car. Also I don’t think Hamilton case should be set in stone, I just believe it’s a scenario that should be looked into. I just think shutting this kind of discussion down because you dislike a driver is stupid and doesn’t progress the sport in anyway.

        1. You forget that, with stable regulations, the next car will be an evolution of the current one. Most teams will already be testing parts for next year, because next year’s cars will be very similar to this year’s.

        2. @rob8k
          What @drmouse said, next years car is just an evolution anyway. I think they can. And my guess is they will want to try parts to check if CFD matches the real world. It will be of benefit for next year. Still though, while I disagree with the actual proposal he did, it’s more important to look at what he aimed for. And that is just a rule change to hamper whatever team is ahead. But I feel we have seen too many knee jerk changes. There is now for the first time some BOP introduced with the reduced aero testing capacity. You could argue these need to be upped for more effect but I think it is a little bit too early for that conclusion. It is only 1 year for RBR to be clearly ahead. We might still see the effect.
          I fully agree with you closing statement though

  32. Electroball76
    1st July 2023, 8:25

    Each driver, engineer, designer etc should leave the sport immediately if they win a world championship. Call it the Rosberg Rule.
    It’s the only way to avoid repetition and enforce ‘fairness’.
    Everyone gets a medal.

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