Lewis Hamilton says three engine rule next year 'sucks'

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.

However, that number will reduce to three in 2018 as F1 tries to reduce costs.

"Next year we're going to have three engines but I don't like the idea of going to three".

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

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The four-time champion believes matters will be even worse in 2018 when the weight of the cars increases with the introduction of the Halo head protection device.

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.

Despite starting from the pit lane after crashing in qualifying, Hamilton battled to a fourth place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday (12 November) and insisted his was the kind of performance that might soon be a thing of the past given the emphasis on preserving engines.

"The braking distances get longer, the brakes are always on fire, on the limit".

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"As a racer we want fast, nimble cars where we can attack always every single lap", he explained.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has suggested that the ideal number of engines should be five, and that attempts to block the change to three have been unsuccessful. "I'm not sure that cutting down the engines is helping it in that direction". "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".

"This is the first time I've pushed an engine like that", said Hamilton after he was handed a fresh engine for the race having started from the pitlane.

"Unfortunately that is not what we generally have". McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have amassed a total of almost 400 grid penalties between them in the 19 races so far this year.

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