Hamilton asks for more driver influence in Formula 1 circuit selection

15-07-2019 16:14
by Matt Gretton
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Hamilton asks for more driver influence in Formula 1 circuit selection

In the last two rounds of the Formula 1 world championship, the cars have visited more traditional race circuits. Those two races, the Austrian and British Grands Prix, have produced what will likely be the two most exciting races of the 2019 F1 season. Lewis Hamilton believes drivers should have more influence on choosing race locations. 

“Drivers have never had any influence on the selection throughout the history of Formula 1. We know better than anyone at which track you can and cannot catch up," Hamilton made his point. 

Formula 1 will be heading to another street circuit next year. The Vietnam Grand Prix will make it's first appearance while Zandvoort Circuit will host the Dutch Grand Prix. Traditional race circuits, such as the Hockenheimring, look likely to fall off the schedule. 

Hamilton claims the bosses of Formula 1 are not making the right track choices.

"I do not know who decides this and I know that sometimes there is not a lot of choices but they have chosen a few circuits for the coming years that are really not good. Are we only going to those countries because they have a race there or do you want exciting races like here at Silverstone?"

"People often ask me which circuit is my favourite. I always tell them it's a circuit like Silverstone because you can easily follow someone here. The circuit in Austin is an example where I can do this well. I hope the Grand Prix Drivers Association can play a role in the selection of circuits from 2021," Hamilton concluded. 

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