Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1’s new regulations provide the best opportunity to end Red Bull’s run of success.
Sebastian Vettel thinks the big teams will still come out on top when the new engine and aero regulations come in, but Hamilton is hopeful the changes give teams like his Mercedes squad an opportunity to topple the Red Bull driver.
“If it was evolution of this year’s car then it would be very hard to beat the Red Bulls as they are so far ahead,” said the 2008 world champion. “I am happy that it is all resetting again otherwise it would be five, six, seven world championships [to Red Bull].”
Hamilton is also not concerned that the changes, which are likely to put a premium on fuel saving, will make the driver’s job more difficult.
“I’m not worried about it because I was doing the same thing this year,” he added. “It is going to be very similar next year and you are still going to have to look after tires.
“Maybe there will be more fuel saving, but that’s stuff we do anyway. We will experience things on the simulator and there will new things we have to adapt to.”
Hamilton pointed to the big change in F1’s rules for 2009 as an example of how quickly teams and drivers can get on top of new ways of working.
“The change with KERS and everything was really easy,” he said. “Again, we did it on the simulator and we [McLaren] arrived at the first race with the best KERS package and we were ahead of people, but the car wasn’t good. I’m hoping we have both sides next year.”