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Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has expressed concern over the sport’s wholesale regulation changes for 2022. The Mercedes star has called on F1 to reduce its environmental impact on several previous occasions.
F1 has announced plans to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, but it seems as though next year’s rules could have a detrimental effect on their goal.
“I don’t understand why we’re going heavier,” Hamilton told Motorsport.com. “I don’t understand particularly why we go heavier when there’s all this talk about being more sustainable, just as the sport is going in that direction.
“By going heavier and heavier and heavier, you’re using more and more energy. So that feels that’s not necessarily in the right direction or in the thought process. The lighter cars were more nimble, were nowhere near as big, naturally, and so racing, manoeuvring the car, was better.
“On the tracks we’re going to, they’re getting wider. In Baku it’s quite wide in places and of course it’s narrow in other places. Monaco was always relatively impossible to pass, but now the cars are so big that it’s too big for the track. And, as I said, as we get heavier and heavier, that’s more energy we’ve got to dissipate.
“Bigger brakes, more brake dust, more fuel to get you to the locations. So, I don’t fully understand it.”