Hamilton says F1 ought to prolong races as an alternative of ending them behind the Security Automotive · RaceFans

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Lewis Hamilton says Formulation 1 ought to take into account permitting races to be prolonged as a way to keep away from them ending behind the Security Automotive.

The Security was deployed when Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren got here to a cease with six laps to go in immediately’s Italian Grand Prix. The race was not restarted and the sector took the chequered flag behind the Security Automotive when its scheduled distance of 53 laps was reached, which prompted some jeers from the group.

Hamilton instructed his crew on the radio race management ought to take into account including extra laps in future to keep away from races ending in the same means.

“I imply, what’s the hurt in extending it?” he mentioned when requested by RaceFans about his suggestion after the race. “Naturally, as a racer, you need extra time.”

Nevertheless Hamilton, who completed the race in fifth place, admitted he might need come underneath menace from rivals behind had the race continued.

“I wished to have the ability to problem the Ferrari forward of me and see if I might get one other place,” he mentioned. “However I believe in hindsight it was in all probability a great ending. I’m actually grateful to have come again from the final row.”

Different drivers pitted for recent tyres when the Security Automotive got here out. Hamilton didn’t. “My tyres didn’t really feel dangerous,” he defined. “I felt like I might maintain temperature in them.

“They mentioned there was two folks in my pit window so if I’d pitted I might have come out behind two folks and I didn’t wish to danger it so I simply stayed out.”

Race start, Monza, 2022
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That made it unlikely Hamilton would have gained extra positions had the race resumed. “the smooth was beginning to fall off slightly bit and I believe they stopped so they’d new tyres so I in all probability wouldn’t have been capable of get previous him,” he mentioned.

Hamilton climbed to the entrance of the sector after beginning nineteenth. “I actually loved the battle with everybody, slowly working away with this automotive. It was undoubtedly a problem from the start.”

He mentioned his late move on Lando Norris proved decisive in his pursuit of fifth place. “This was a key transfer as a result of I believe if I hadn’t pulled that off then I might have been two locations again,” he mentioned.

“It’s nearly timing. You don’t at all times get it proper however I noticed Lando popping out and I used to be like ‘that is the one second we now have the prospect’. Happily he was getting challenged by another person down the surface so I minimize throughout and it felt nice to drag alongside him.”

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