Three time world champion Lewis Hamilton has come out and said that he would like to see team mate sharing end.
The British driver, speaking at an interview for Mercedes sponsors UBS, said he feels that drivers should ‘find it all themselves’ on the track.
Hamilton went on to explain his choice of words, explaining that there is no issue sharing car data between engineers but driver data like braking points and driving line should not be possible for a team mate to see in terms of data.
“I go out, do my laps, do all my homework, [and] the other guy can see everything,”
I have asked my team. I don’t want to see my team mate’s.
“I don’t feel it’s fair that he brings his A-game and I should be able to study his A-game on a computer.
“For example when we’re driving we’re picking out braking points, bumps, tyre rubber marks on the track, all these different things to help get you through the corner quickest.
“The other driver probably naturally may be able to do more or less than you are.
“But because of this data they can just copy you. ‘Oh he’s braking five metres later there, I’ll go out and I’ll try braking five metres later’.
“So that’s what I really dislike, because it enables them to get closer.
“That’s what I loved about go-karting; you weren’t able to do that and that was where just your raw talent is able to shine.”
Hamilton also stated that he feels the ease of data sharing makes it too easy for new drivers to come into the sport.
“I think it should be ‘you hired me because I am the best, because I’ve studied, because I’ve won every class that I’ve been in, I’ve not missed one in terms of winning’,” he said.
“And you’re hiring whoever the next person is because they’ve hopefully won some things along the way as well and you’re hiring them for their ultimate skill all round.”
It will be interesting to see what the public response to the remarks are. Many, this writer included, agree with most of the remarks. A driver should be good enough to work it out themselves. However others may see this as another example of Hamilton whining and complaining. There might even be those who think the remarks are a sly dig at former team mate Nico Rosberg, who could not better Hamilton till last season but that one is more for the conspiracy theorists among us. Leave some comments below with your thoughts.