Saturday, March 21, 2009

Now Hamilton has a go at the FIA

Friday 20th March 2009

Lewis Hamilton has criticised the FIA's controversial decisions this week.

Motor sport's world governing body announced on Tuesday that from this year the Formula One Champion will be the driver with the most race wins, turning 59 years of history on its head.

A voluntary budget cap is also to come into force for next year as the FIA seek to further slash costs and attract new teams.

Teams will then have a choice between freedom to spend, but forced to adhere to the current technical regulations, or enjoy a freedom of innovation, but within the £30million cap.

There is the threat of a two-tier Formula One that will surely only confuse fans as some teams next year will be running under one set of rules, and other teams racing via a different system.

Hamilton pulled no punches as he said: "I think it's a shame what's happening to Formula One.

"It's hard to believe these recent decisions will improve things for the trackside spectators and TV viewers, who should always be our number-one priority, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

"Whatever the points system, I know all Formula One drivers will always race our hearts out.

"For the first time in recent years we have the teams, drivers, sponsors and fans all working together for the good of our sport - now we just need the governing bodies to listen to us and help us.

"Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport and that's what we all love about it. We should all be working together to maintain that."

Source : Planet F1

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