Computer frustration: Hamilton wants to decide for himself
Computers have become an integral part of people’s everyday lives: modern Formula 1 is no exception.
To the regret of world champion Lewis Hamilton, who would wish for a Formula 1 without much computer fad.
“Formula One is team sport, but we rely so much on the data and technology that I wish it could be more human,” said Hamilton after the opening race in Melbourne.
Every racing car has a so-called black box in which the data collected by the individual sensors is collected and transmitted to the box.
The Brit would prefer it if it were up to the drivers again: “I wish I had it more in my own hands, because I think I drove as hard today as ever”.
Hamilton had lost first place in Melbourne to Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel due to a computer error.
The software had indicated to Mercedes that Hamilton had enough head start to stay ahead of Vettel when he came into the pits during a safety car.
However, this turned out to be a miscalculation, causing Hamilton to miss victory in Australia despite a superior car.