Lewis hopes new starts add excitement


Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes have done their homework on the new start procedures ahead of the Belgian GP, adding he hopes it provides plenty of excitement for the fans.

For the 10th time this season, Hamilton will start a F1 race in pole position after he beat Merc team-mate Nico Rosberg by a comfortable 0.458s margin in the final qualifying session at Spa on Saturday afternoon.

Mercedes, though, haven't had it all their own way at race starts recently as they were beaten off the line by the Williams cars at Silverstone while the Ferraris upstaged them in Hungary.

To spice things up further, the new start procedures will be used for the first time on Sunday and the pitwall will no longer be allowed to make changes to the clutch bite point once the car leaves for the track. Drivers will also only be given "critical" information about their cars.

Hamilton, though, says everyone at Mercedes have made sure they are prepared.

"The team have done a lot of analysis and I have been at the factory, same for Nico, practicing and getting ready on the simulator," he said. "And then all this weekend we have been working on it. 

"So we are as prepared as we can possibly be. We feel relatively good about it. It should be the same for everyone and I hope it's good for us, but provides an exciting start for the fans."

Saturday's P1 also ensured he will win this year's Pole Position Trophy as there are only eight races left while it was also his sixth consecutive pole, but he knows the job is not done.

"Of course we are conscious that pole position is a great thing to have, but it's a long race and a long, long stretch down to Turn 5," he said. 

"I am just happy with today. My goal today was to get pole position. Nico was very close. The last two laps were the best I have had all weekend. So am very happy with them and grateful for the big effort, big push that the team continue to put in to give us the car that we have."