Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says the drivers are not to blame for the current state of Formula 1, insisting “bad decisions” from the sport’s chief’s have resulted in boring races.
The Briton took a commanding victory in Sunday’s French Grand Prix, heading a sixth Mercedes one-two of the season to open a 36-point margin in the drivers’ standings.
The race proved uneventful with the first four classified finishers unchanged from the grid order, leading to complaints about the lack of on-track action.
Hamilton sympathised with the criticism F1 has received amidst Mercedes present run of 10 consecutive wins, and called for the drivers to have a more hands-on role in future decisions regarding the sport’s direction.
“When you say ‘it’s boring’, I totally understand it, I remember growing up watching it,” Hamilton said, as quoted by Crash.net.
“But don’t point the fingers at the drivers because we don’t write the rules, we don’t have anything to do with the money shift and all that kind of stuff.
“We should put the pressure on people that are at the head, that should be doing the job. I think they are trying to but for many, many years they’ve made bad decisions.
“Do I have confidence it’s going to shift massively? I have faith it’s going to get better, to the point that I went to Paris last week to get involved.
“I was in that meeting watching all the bosses of F1 and the FIA and all the Formula 1 teams and trying to get involved. I have nothing to gain by it, I’ve been there, but if there’s anything I can do to help.
“But they’re making all these decisions but never once had a driver’s input in that room so if that can be the decisive point that helps shift it so the fans can get better racing, I’d be proud to be a part of that.”
The five-time champion believes the current management structure needs addressing if F1 aims to increase the competition among the grid.
Hamilton rejected suggestions he would help improve the show by slowing down to allow his rivals to close the gap, adamant he longs for more battles similar to his duel with Sebastian Vettel in Canada.
“I really enjoyed the last race and races like that, I’ve never made any secret of that,” he added.
“That’s the races that people enjoy most, and of course races like these [today] are not the ones people enjoy most. But I think it’s really important for people to realise it’s not the driver’s fault.
“This is a constant cycle of Formula 1, for years and years and years even before I got here, it’s because of the way Bernie [Ecclestone] had it set up and the decisions that were made then are still the same.
“Until that management structure changes it will continue to be the same, in my opinion, and that’s not my job to do that, it’s my job to do the best I can as a driver.”