Lack of passing 'an obvious flaw' in current F1 cars - Hamilton

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Lack of passing 'an obvious flaw' in current F1 cars - Hamilton
Adam Cooper
By: Adam Cooper
Nov 19, 2017, 12:37 PM

Lewis Hamilton says that the difficulty in overtaking other Formula 1 cars reflects a "flaw" in the current rules, and he hopes that it will be addressed by future changes.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36, Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08

Hamilton started from the pit lane and finished fourth in Brazil, making 10 passing moves along the way.

However, he admitted that it would have been harder to repeat his charge at other venues, because the laptime advantage required to overtake cars ahead would have been greater than it is at Interlagos.

"When I was in GP2 that was good fun. It was easier in GP2 to overtake," Hamilton said. "The way their floors are it was easier to be close. So to come back through the field [was easier].

"This actually is a race track where it is difficult to get past here, but the delta is slightly smaller than it is in other places.

"But if you look at most of the circuits we go to, the delta to be able to overtake the car in front is usually a second and a half, or something like that.

"You've got to be a second and a half faster, that's a whole tyre compound and a bit.

"So that just shows there's obviously a flaw in the cars' design, and whilst the cars are fantastic this year, that's an area we can improve on for the future."

Asked if his Brazil charge suggested that reverse grids would make F1 more entertaining, he said: "Reversing the grid, I mean, you didn't see the top four move around, did you?

"So reversing the grid, you'll just reverse that role, and it'll be the same."

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