Hamilton calls for end to data sharing between team-mates in F1
February 19 2017 , 12:00 am
Lewis Hamilton says he would prefer that team-mates didn’t share data in Formula 1, claiming that drivers should have to “find it all themselves” when it comes to on-track performance.
Speaking at an interview for Mercedes sponsor UBS, Hamilton explained that while he has no problem with engineers sharing data relating to car performance, team-mates shouldn’t be able to replicate lines and braking points based purely on data.
The three-time champion says he has asked his team to not share the data, as he is set to be joined by new team-mate Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for the 2017 season.
“I go out, do my laps, do all my homework, [and] the other guy can see everything,” said Hamilton.
“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 added that having access to a driver’s data makes it too easy for new drivers to come into the sport and be straight on the pace.
“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.
“They should be able to go out there on their own and find it all themselves, without you.
“You could take a young kid from Formula 3, have them just go on a simulator and drive every single day and try and get to my lines. And eventually they’d probably get to my lines.
“He should have to discover that himself. You’ve got to find the limit yourself, that’s the whole challenge of being a racing driver.
“When I get in this new car it’s seeing what the limit of it is.
“If I can’t do it on my own then I’m not good enough and I don’t deserve to be there. And there are some drivers that don’t.”