Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver SLAMS F1 engine rule change - That sucks | F1

Lewis Hamilton at USA Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton at USA Grand Prix

Drivers who use more than the allotted number of engines face grid penalties, such as those imposed on Daniel Ricciardo in Brazil, which has resulted in drivers taking a conservative approach.

Recently-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton believes the move to restrict drivers to just three engines for 2018 "sucks", adding Formula One should be centred on flat-out racing.

"I don't like the idea of going to three", Hamilton said, according to the BBC, referring to the decreased number of engines allowed in 2018.

"We should be able to push more, sprinting is what we're missing in F1", he added.

Hamilton argues the changes that will be made will make racing unappealing and make the cars significantly heavier, making them slower and making racing less interesting. "The braking distances get longer and it sounds negative, but as a racer who wants a fast, nimble vehicle that I can attack every single lap, unfortunately that's not what we generally have".

The Mercedes driver recovered from a pit-lane start to finish Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix in fourth position.

"Unfortunately that is not what we generally have". "He was the quickest guy out there, but you must remember that Sebastian was managing the pace of the race, apart from the last laps". But I guess that's just your fear of pushing it a little bit too much, like the engine blowing up in Malaysia previous year, so those kind of things make me look after it even more.

Hamilton came from the back of the field in the recent Brazilian Grand Prix to finish fourth, but said performances like that won't be possible if drivers are more anxious about conserving engines.

Under the current rules drivers are restricted to four engines per season in an effort to cut costs. Fernando Alonso and his McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandorne have been hit with a combined 355 penalty grid places so far this season, while Renault-powered cars have racked up 330 penalty grid places.