Hamilton slams radio ban

Date published: June 19 2016

Lewis Hamilton has slammed the radio ban that the FIA implemented this season after his team refused to give him instructions on how to resolve a technical issue with his car during the European Grand Prix.

Finishing the race in fifth, starting from tenth, Hamilton told Mercedes that he had lost power and requested them to tell him how to resolve it.

The Silver Arrows declined his request, saying they aren’t allowed to do so according to the new FIA regulations.

The defending World Champion revealed that with eight laps to go the issue finally fixed itself but he had nothing to do with it.

“I had no idea, there were like 16 different engine positions and in those engine positions, like 20 positions, so I had no idea what problem I had, just low power,” he said after the race.

“I didn’t do anything, it just fixed itself.

“I turned the engine down (towards the end), I was 14 seconds behind the guys in front with seven, eight laps to go, so I just saved the engine, remembering I don’t have as many engines as the guys in front for the rest of the year. Maybe, I can get more out of this engine.”

On the new radio rules, Hamilton explained that he fails to see the benefit in not allowing teams to help with the technical side of things and added that had it not been for the lack of power he would have been up there fighting with Ferrari and Force India.

“I don’t see the benefit. The FIA have made Formula One so technical,” he continued.

“There were probably 100 different switch positions it could have been, at least 100, 200. There was no way for me to know, no matter how much I study that.

“It was a shame I couldn’t race, I wanted to race. If I had been able to resolve the power situation, I might have been able to be a part of the show and maybe catch the guys ahead. It wasn’t to be and that is the way it is.”

It was also reported Rosberg had the same problem as Hamilton, but the Championship Leader managed to fix it quicker than the Brit.