In F1, usually the biggest rival is your teammate, having identical machinery!
Lewis Hamilton has had many high-profiles spats with teammates, including what seems like an awkward turtle silence for years with current world champion Nico Rosberg, he’s now calling for a restriction on data shared between teammates.
He’s mostly referring to data such as braking points – “I go out, do my laps, do all my homework and the other guy can see everything, and I don’t think they should,” Hamilton was quoted in a report on AutoWeek. “I have asked my team. I don’t want to see my teammate. I don’t feel it’s fair that he brings his A-game and I should be able to study his A-game on a computer.”
That doesn’t bode well for Valtteri Bottas, who is joining Mercedes this season as Hamilton’s teammate to replace Nico Rosberg. Bottas will undoubtedly need as much help as he can get to get the most out of this years Mercedes.
“I am not against the engineers sharing data, but I don’t think the drivers should be able to study each other’s data,” said Lewis.