Even if he finds himself bruised, Lewis Hamilton loves the way his new and demanding Mercedes behaves on the track.
If a little more pain is the price to pay for more speed, then Hamilton and the other Formula 1 drivers are more than happy to contribute. “I find the car much more physically demanding to drive than in the past,” Hamitlon said during the winter test in Barcelona last week.
The drivers will have a second test period to tame the new power of their cars on the same track, from Tuesday to Friday. “I think the car has a look of hell. I love the wider tires, the wider chassis, “added Hamilton. Let’s hope the fans appreciate it. ”
Wider means faster, as the width added to the tires and fins increases the vehicle’s grip on the runway and allows drivers to reach higher speeds, especially when cornering. These faster turns mean greater G-power absorbed by the drivers, laps after laps.
“The strength you feel on your body and neck is greater,” Hamilton said. I have bruises in places I’ve never had before. This is the most difficult car to drive, he said in another interview at F1.com. I believe that in the coming months we will see transformations on the neck of the pilots. They will have a new physical profile. ”
Hamilton is not the only one to celebrate the results of the biggest change to the rules since 2014 to reinvigorate F1. And possibly to challenge the Mercedes, who have dominated the plateau for three years.
For Fernando Alonso, no matter what problems the McLaren are experiencing, there is no doubt that the cars of the last few years were not fast enough.
“I apologize to amateurs for the past five or six years: they have seen horrible cars,” Alonso said, adding that the new cars “allow you to express your driving style” without stopping to save the tires .
Valtteri Bottas, who replaces Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, was the fastest of four days of testing last week, setting even record tracks in Barcelona. He said that the pilots underwent a more intense training in order to prepare for this more difficult driving.
“I changed my training to meet the new G-Force standards that these new cars will produce,” he said. It worked: I felt good in the car from the start. ”
We will have to wait, however, to see if this contribution in speed will mean more interesting races for the spectators on the spot or at home. Larger cars could mean fewer passes and see the F1 turn into a qualifying circuit. “Certainly there is less space than in recent years,” said driver Nico Hulkenberg. So, yes, I think racing will be more difficult. “